Saturday, February 23, 2008

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Rating: 2.2.1
Recommended audience: 10+
Category: Fantasy, YA fiction

Set sometime in the distant future, this book takes place in a community in which all diversity has been eliminated. Everyone is given an assignment at the age of 12 in which they will serve until they are considered too old and then are placed in the "Home of the Old". The book is about a boy named Jonas and his unusual assignment. It is fascinating, thought provoking, infuriating, and just an excellent read. My only problem with it was that I didn't want it to end. Many people don't realize that Lowry also wrote companion books called Gathering Blue (2000) and Messenger (2004) that connect the characters of all three books. I haven't read them yet but I'm anxious to.


Not quite the Bradys said...

Ooo, I really like that Chain Reading link. Thank you for your help. I really appreciate it. I am excited to start reviewing books now. Your compliments are appreciated too. Thanks for your blog, what a good idea. I think you probably figured out that you inspired Something More Substantial, but if not, just know that you did. I heard about your blog from a mutual friend, (Valenzoo?). Anyway, thank you for rating books. It's about time someone did!

Kim said...

Thank you so much. Unfortunately, I don't know who Valenzoo is because she hasn't left a comment yet. If you're reading this I'd love to meet you.

Anyway, I really appreciate your comments and look forward to reading your reviews. (By the way, your title and quote "Nothing More Substantial" is brilliant.)

Not quite the Bradys said...

Why, thank you. No, I checked with her this evening. She said a friend of HERS knows you. It's six degrees of Good Clean Reads I guess. I bet we are in the Same State I Live In though. Do this- put your email in a comment, I won't publish it, and I'll email you some actual info. about me. : )

Oh- I don't know what happened to your comment about Xenocide. I published it but it's not there. Weird. Anyway, I left you a comment in response to that.