Series: The Giver #1
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on 2014-07-01
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Soon to be a major motion picture, The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. This movie tie-in edition features cover art from the movie and exclusive Q&A with members of the cast, including Taylor Swift, Brenton Thwaites and Cameron Monaghan.
I had The Giver recommended to me years ago, probably around the time I finished reading The Hunger Games, but for some reason, I kept putting it off. Between the movie coming out this month and the fact that I could borrow it for free with my Kindle Unlimited trial, I decided that it was time to read it.
I have mixed emotions regarding The Giver. I thought that the set-up and the world building was really good, and I was definitely interested. I liked Jonas’s character and was very intrigued to find out what his Assignment would be. Once he was Assigned, I was even more interested to see what it would entail.
However, after the initial description of the Assignment, I kind of felt like The Giver fell apart a little bit. There was big jump in time, and it just felt rushed to me. I felt like the big revelation and the ending just needed a bit more of a set-up. I also wasn’t expecting the book to end when it did. If you read it on the kindle, be forewarned that there’s a sample of the next book (Gathering Blue) at the end, so The Giver ends sooner than you expect.
I did enjoy The Giver, though I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would, based on how many people I see raving about it. I was a little hesitant about reading the sequel, since it’s more of a companion novel than a sequel, it seems, but I think I’ll give it a shot.