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2016 Reading Challenge Book 31 – The Giver

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Yeah we are still going with these book reviews right now. I am trying to break it up, but honestly my brain is so focused on just trying to talk about these books so that I can get them semi out of my head and then move onto the next one that I am just blitzing though them and getting up to speed here on the ol’ blog. So, here’s another one which was the last book that I read back at the end of September before I then promptly fell into a MASSIVE reading slump from which I thought there would be no end and just watched the number of books that I was behind schedule get bigger over on Goodreads.

The book before that happened was this short little thing:

2016 Reading Challenge, Book , The Giver
2016 Reading Challenge, Book 31 , The Giver

I have avoided reading this book for whatever reason for many years. The opportunity to read it just never really came up throughout most of my academic life and so therefore I had just sort of never bothered picking it up. I am not even really sure when this book entered my radar, because it’s never even been a book that has been recommended to me at all, but it ended up there and so I finally walked into Waterstones and picked it up to give it a read.

It’s short and sweet, which I liked because it kept the reading slump that I could feel creeping into my life at bay for another 3 days and it also gave me some stuff to think about as I was reading it, which I guess in some capacity was the intention. The very idea of there only being one person in society who kind of knew it all while everyone else just sort of passed the days in the same way.

The way that the minutia of every day life was stripped back and basically turned into a science and individuality was stripped away into this sameness was a really interesting thing to read and see how that played out. I don’t know what I was expecting from this book but for some reason or other it wasn’t quite this… I don’t that probably sounds weird but it wasn’t. The way that the everything in this world had it’s place and everyone had to abide by that and be precise in every way because otherwise they were running the risk of being their own person and that will not do was a fascinating thing to read, especially the way that Lowry wrote it.

I liked that from the very first pages it was sort of evident that there was something a little different about Jonas and the way that he slotted into this world, so it made perfect sense for him to be given the tole of The Receiver when it happened. I also like how once that had happened and Jonas was learning about elements of his new role that it became apparent that even in a world that it pretty much all the same and is very focused on the precise that there was still some sort of grey in it all, like the incident with Jonas’ dad and the twins and also Gabriel’s entire existence in the story because that’s a whole lot of symbolism if ever I saw it.

An aspect of it that totally threw me was when The Receiver was telling Jonas that he was starting to see colour, because it honestly never even occurred to me that they weren’t seeing in colour and that made this world that they were actively choosing to live in all the more bleak. Also the fact it was just one person who was burdened with the weight of having to remember everything just sounds exhausting, I mean I can understand why he was in pain and needed to be done with it and a part of me was so sad at the idea that this 12 year old had to accept that burden and when he was given that first taste of true pain it was just heartbreaking.  The way that Jonas evolves with the knowledge that he receives as the story progresses and how he starts to want to seek something different in the world that he is in was a great story to read and one that I am glad that I have finally read.

All in all, I would recommend it if you haven’t already read this book. It’s short, which is sometimes useful for a book, and makes you really think and assess certain aspects of your life and society that at this point you probably take for granted.

3/5 stars

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