"For fear dims when you learn things"
'The Giver' is a dystopian novel written by Lois Lowry. I've read a number of dystopian novels such as 'Mockingjay', 'Hunger Games' and 'The Time Machine'. All of those led me to The Giver. I haven’t read any other books by Lois Lowry, however I do plan on reading the sequel of this book soon.
The setting is based in a place called ‘The Community’. Through the course of the book we also realise that this community is by a river. The setting is extremely important to the plot line of the book. The setting is important as the community is said to be isolated from other towns except similar ones. If the setting was in a place near more towns which were different from the community, then the plot line would most definitely be a lot more different.
The main character of this book is a teenage boy called Jonas. He is the only one that changes over the course of the book. He starts off by being fearful of lying, however he soon gets comfortable with his new rules. He evolves to become brave and takes a huge risk in the end. His growth was the most enjoyable paths to follow.
As I mentioned in the beginning ‘The Giver’ is a dystopian novel, however the reader begins to realise that later in the book. The community appears to be utopian at first glance, where there is no pain or sadness, everyone has a purpose or a job, and everything is just perfect. But how perfect really is this perfect?
I believe that the impossible idea of a perfect world is the biggest theme of this book. Controlling the weather to the point where people don’t know what snow is, and being oblivious to simple human emotions to prevent despair. That is not utopia.
I would like to recommend this book to anyone over the age of 12. We can only protect ourselves from so much pain, however while protecting ourselves from it, we also become vulnerable as we can't avoid it forever and if we’ve never experienced it then we wouldn’t know how to cope with it. Life is filled with ups and downs and to thrive, we need to experience a fair share of both.