Book Review: The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver (The Giver Quartet, #1)Goodreads Synopsis

“I have great honor,” The Giver said. “So will you. But you will find that is not the same as power.”

Life in the community where Jonas lives is idyllic. Designated birthmothers produce newchildren, who are assigned to appropriate family units: one male, one female, to each. Citizens are assigned their partners and their jobs. No one thinks to ask questions. Everyone obeys. The community is a world without conflict, inequality, divorce, unemployment injustice…or choice.

Everyone is the same.

Except Jonas.

At the Ceremony of Twelve, the community’s twelve-year-olds eagerly accept their predetermined Life Assignments. But Jonas is chosen for something special. He begins instruction in his life’s work with a mysterious old man known only as The Giver. Gradually Jonas learns that power lies in feelings. But when his own power is put to the test—when he must try to save someone he loves—he may not be ready. Is it too soon? Or too late?


In The Giver, things such as inequality, conflict…choice in general are foreign concepts. Everything and everyone are assigned to what and who they’d be best suited with. No one argues with this because that would ruin the image of perfection.

After I finished this book I had to take a few days to gather my thoughts because I honestly had no idea how I felt about the story as a whole. Lois Lowry wrote what is in my opinion a great book. The idea of the plot is just so…out there. Like, imagine a perfect world. Imagine if people could achieve this perfect world, where being ‘different’ isn’t a thing. Everyone looks the same, acts the same, and there’s no room for judgement, rudeness or conflict.

I didn’t read the synopsis, which is not unusual for me so I went in not knowing anything really. The idea did occur to me that yes, a world where there’s no hate, no war…no hunger, would be perfect and amazing. I found myself wishing for just that but then I stopped to think: at what cost would all of this be possible? And that right there is the punchline to the joke that in actual fact is not a joke at all.

This book is categorised as ‘Middle Grade’ and I personally believe that that’s only because of how old the main character, Jonas, is. He’s eleven when all this starts so he’s starting to see the world in a new light. Asking more questions that in this community, one is not supposed to ask. There’s nothing middle grade about this book though. I found this to be horrific but not in a scary close-your-eyes way, more like…when the image is put in your mind, and you think of what goes on behind the scenes, it’s frightening. I think this is where the term ‘ignorance is bliss’ comes in. These people don’t know what they’re missing, so it’s not a problem for them.

I did like that this was told from a child’s point of view. Jonas has this innocence about him. He starts out as a curious kid and in the end, he’s fighting for his life. All because of him knowing the truth. Not many people like change, but I think this was taking it to a new level.

Heaven alone knows why I took so long to get to this book because I thought it was amazing. Once I had a free moment, I finished it and I couldn’t decide where I stood with everything. I’m still in a state of- I want to say confusion.

Lois Lowry did an excellent job with this book. I greatly enjoyed her writing style and look forward to continuing The Giver Quartet.

Read: 13 May 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 1 July 2014
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Lois Lowry

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Top 10 Favourite Reads of 2016

#1

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

Beauty and the Beast is my favourite fairytale of all time so when I see something related to it, I immediately see what it’s about. Reading ACOTAR brought me such joy- as I knew it would- and I couldn’t stop reading. SJM seems to speak to me on a spiritual level and I am forever grateful that she put her writing out there for us to enjoy.


#2

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë17411385

I’m not a fan of the Classics but I am definitely a fan of Jane Eyre! I started out intrigued and I came out in love. This is now my ultimate favourite book. I want to read it over and over again, but I think it’s best to put intervals in between. Jane Eyre seems to be one of those that has a permanent resting B- face except when it comes to emotions. There were times I laughed out loud and I teared up at the end because of how happy I was.


#3

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell Attachments

I did not want to read this book because it sounded creepy and stalker-ish and just plain weird. I didn’t fancy reading about some creep who read in on two peoples’ emails and then promptly fell in love with one of them. I decided to give Attachments a chance anyway because Rainbow Rowell. I was sorely mistaken because I loved this book. I can see myself reading it again.

See my review here.


#4

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8)Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne & John Tiffany

I wasn’t expecting a new Harry Potter book to come out but I welcomed this one with open arms. I got pre-ordered it and got it on the day it was released and finished it in just over 2 hours. I read it twice in that first week and I wasn’t so impressed that second time but it’s Harry Potter and Harry Potter is love.

See my review here.


#5

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I finished this book in a few hours. I read through the night and was thankful when the sun started rising. Even though this is a middle grade novel, it still has that creepy vibe. I had shivers at the description. The pictures freaked me out and that’s why I held off on reading this book. I can’t wait to pick up Hollow City.

 


#6

Divergent (Divergent, #1)Divergent by Veronica Roth

I wasn’t keen on reading The Divergent series any time soon but I did a silly thing and bought the trilogy and since my money was used for it, I had to read it… I don’t know why I waited so long, I loved this first book so much. I’ve watched the movie too and while there were noticeable differences, I enjoyed that too.


#7

The Bone Collector’s Son by Paul Yee The Bone Collector's Son

I had a feeling that I was going to enjoy this book and I was not wrong. The synopsis drew me in and when I finally sat down to read the book I finished it in mere hours. I’ve always been interested in the workings of other cultures and this book touched up on the Chinese culture just enough to satisfy my curiosity.

See my review here.


#8

Inkheart by Cornelia FunkeInkheart

I took such a long time to pick up this trilogy and by chance I decided to read the book this year since I’ve owned it for a while now. I watched the movie ages ago and thought it was so amazing. Peoples, let me tell you! This book was so much better than that movie. I loved both of course but after reading the book, there’s no way they could’ve covered over 500 pages in a nearly 2 hour movie.


#9

The Book Of Shade (Shadeborn 1)The Book of Shade by K.C. Finn

I received this book from NetGalley and at the time I didn’t understand the cover but now I do. The synopsis was interesting enough to get me to actually request the book. This was one of those books where you’re glued to the pages and have absolutely no idea what’s going to happen but for the life of you can’t seem to turn away. 2017 is going to consist of me finishing this trilogy.

See my review here.


#10

Did I Mention I Love You? by Estelle MaskameDid I Mention I Love You? (The DIMILY Trilogy, #1)

I didn’t expect to come out of this book loving as much as I did. I thought it was going to be sappy and filled with too much romance, which it was but the way that Estelle wrote it was so amazing that I didn’t even mind that this book fell in a genre I wasn’t a fan of. Not to mention that cover. As pink as it is, I love these designs in particular.

See my review here.

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Wrap Up: November 2016 (and December TBR)

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Artemis Fowl and the Eternity Code (Artemis Fowl, #3) Prodigy (Legend, #2) Inkheart The Optimist's Handbook: A Companion to Hope; The Pessimist's Handbook: A Companion to Despair Jane Eyre

The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer

I’m slowly making my way through this series. I liked this book a lot more than I did The Arctic Incident. I’m actually excited to read The Opal Deception and maybe this time I won’t leave a year between each book.

Prodigy by Marie Lu

I barely remembered anything that happened in Legend but I know I liked it enough to want to continue the trilogy. This book was really good but it’s the ending that made me really want to pick up Champion.

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

544 pages ya’ll! I think this is the biggest book I’ve finished this year. I loved this book so much. I’m still on the fence about whether I’ll review this or not but I guess we’ll see. Btw, the movie has absolutely nothing on this book.

The Optimist/Pessimist Handbook: A Companion to Hope/Despair by Naill Edworthy & Petra Cramsie

This was a strange book and I enjoyed parts of it. It’s not my usual go-to read but I had it and thought I should give it a go.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

My favourite book. This has been confirmed, by me, the one and only. I can’t wait till I read this again but I think I’ll put some time in between before I pick it up again.

Total Read: 5 Book(s)


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  • Unfinished Books: (We’re getting somewhere)

This section is not going to be done for a while and that’s okay. I’m a bit busy where reading is concerned but some time I’ll get through them all and this section will have a completely new set of books. :)

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  • ARCs to get through:

Heartborn

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Wrap Up: October 2016 (and November TBR)

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Not a good month for me once again but a sudden urge to read till my eyes bleed has struck so I’m going with it. Here’s to November.

Hockey Karma The Realm of Possibility

Hockey Karma by Howard Shapiro

Liked this book a lot. Great finale and wonderful closing piece. Loved seeing the characters I grew to love develop so amazingly. See review here.

The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan

I’m still not a fan of David Levithan’s works and I’m not a fan of poetry either. I wanted to skip this month’s challenge and not read anything but I caved.

Total Read: 2 Books

DNF’d:

The Kill Order (Maze Runner, #.5)


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  • Unfinished Books:

This section is not going to be done for a while and that’s okay. I’m a bit busy where reading is concerned but some time I’ll get through them all and this section will have a completely new set of books. :)

Prodigy (Legend, #2) Artemis Fowl and the Eternity Code (Artemis Fowl, #3) 11/22/63 Inkheart Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1) The Optimist's Handbook: A Companion to Hope; The Pessimist's Handbook: A Companion to Despair 3008

   685403 Two Brothers

  • ARCs to get through:

Heartborn

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Wrap Up: September 2016 (and October TBR)

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I didn’t read much this month (barely at all) because I didn’t feel like it. I focused more on life but I hope to catch up this October.

Circles of Hell (Little Black Classics, #25) Captain America: The Death of Captain America Sindbad the Sailor (Little Black Classics, #54)

Circles of Hell by Dante

This was a weird read for me and I didn’t understand everything but I got the gist. That torture those souls face does not seem like fun. At all.

Captain America: The Death of Captain America Complete Collection by Ed Brubaker

I finally managed to finish this one! I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. Ed Brubaker never fails with the awesome writing.

Sinbad the Sailor by Anon

I watched a movie called Sinbad the Sailor many years ago but I can’t remember if it’s the same story. I enjoyed this one though and it is my opinion that Sinbad should have just stayed at home.

Total Read: 3 Book(s)


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  • Unfinished Books:

This section is not going to be done for a while and that’s okay. I’m a bit busy where reading is concerned but some time I’ll get through them all and this section will have a completely new set of books. :)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) Prodigy (Legend, #2) Artemis Fowl and the Eternity Code (Artemis Fowl, #3) 11/22/63 Inkheart Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1) The Optimist's Handbook: A Companion to Hope; The Pessimist's Handbook: A Companion to Despair

3008   685403 16181775 Two Brothers

  • Official TBR:

The Realm of Possibility

  • Goodreads Genre Challenge: Alternate Universe

  • ARCs to get through:

Heartborn Hockey Karma

 

 

Wrap Up: August 2016 (and September TBR)

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The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries, #1) Titans: Rebirth #1 The Beast That Never Was End of Days (Penryn and the End of Days, #3) 27407971 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8) Detached

Doctor Who: Who-ology

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

It was about time I started this series. I loved the movies and I just had to see what the inspiration for them was. I loved this book so much and immediately went out to buy the second book.

Titans: Rebirth #1 by Dan Abnett

Still in that DC mode. I enjoyed this comic quite a bit and I’m still working my way through the other Rebirth stories. See review here.

READING GOAL OF 120 BOOKS REACHED!!! 

The Beast that Never Was by Caren J. Werlinger

We’re all about those Beauty and the Best retellings. I loved ACOTAR a lot but this is a close second. The first of its kind for me. Come on, a lesbian spin of the tale? Yes please! Review to come soon.

End of Days by Susan Ee

I was quite satisfied with how this trilogy ended. I didn’t remember until after I finished that I reviewed the first two books but oh well. Great ending in my opinion.

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

It took me ages to finish this play! I decided to read it because I did part of it in 8th grade and I wanted to continue the story. I guess I would’ve enjoyed it more if I actually understood Modern English. (Online summaries helped a bit)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne

Read this for a second time because I knew my initial opinion was biased. Still enjoyed it but not as much as the first time. I wish I could see the play though! See review here.

Detached by Christina Kilbourne

I initially wanted to take my time reading this book but I really got into it and finished it quickly. This talks about serious and scary topics that I feel needs to be addressed more. See review here.

Who-ology by Cavan Scott & Mark Wright

I thought I was going to take longer to finish this amazing piece but I found it quite enjoyable. I’m a huge fan of Doctor Who so naturally this book appealed to me. It made me want to do a series re-watch.

Total Read: 8 Books


 

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  • Unfinished Books:

This section is not going to be done for a while and that’s okay. I’m a bit busy where reading is concerned but some time I’ll get through them all and this section will have a completely new set of books. :)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) Prodigy (Legend, #2) Artemis Fowl and the Eternity Code (Artemis Fowl, #3) 11/22/63 Inkheart Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1) The Optimist's Handbook: A Companion to Hope; The Pessimist's Handbook: A Companion to Despair

3008    685403 16181775

  • Official TBR:

Two Brothers

  • Goodreads Genre Challenge: Poetry

The Realm of Possibility

  • ARCs to get through:

Heartborn

Wrap Up: July 2016 (and August TBR)

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Wrecked 17623975 20613470 Anomaly: The Soul Prophecies The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1) DC Universe: Rebirth (2016) #1 (DC Universe: Rebirth (2016-))

In the Hope of Memories A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1) One-Punch Man, Vol. 3 Requiem (Delirium, #3) Gifted cover NEW The Death Cure (Maze Runner, #3)

The Flash: Rebirth (2016) #1 The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #4) Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Wrecked by Maria Padian

Rape is an important topic and I think that some still regard it as something that can be brushed off. This story really makes you think. About everything. Review to come soon.

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

I’ve read other Gayle Forman books and I thought I wouldn’t like this because I wasn’t a fan in the beginning. It really picked up as I read on though. See review here.

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

I took way too long to finish this book. I can’t wait to read Queen of Shadows. This series is giving me life right now.

Anomaly: The Soul Prophecies by Caitlin Lynagh

I took a little while to finish that book but I still ended up liking the plot and where the author went with it. Review to come soon.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

I’ve watched The Wizard of Oz when I was a kid. Different versions tell the same story in different ways. I was surprised to find out how different the movies were from the original story. Kind of disappointed actually. Like finding out that Santa isn’t real.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I can’t believe I was scared to read this book because of the pictures. While they are creepy, that just adds to the amazingness that is this book. Review to come soon.

DC Universe Rebirth #1 by Geoff Johns

The new phase in the DC Universe. It wasn’t a bad start and I loved Geoff Johns’ writing in this. I can’t wait to continue this series. See review here.

In the Hope of Memories by Olivia Rivers

I didn’t think I was going to like this book and the first few chapter made me think that I was right. This book picked up a lot after the other characters were introduced. Liked it a lot. See review here.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Beauty and the Beast is my all time favourite fairytale and reading this retelling by Sarah J. Maas one of my favourite authors made it so much better. I loved everything about this book. Rhysand forever! Review to come soon.

One-Punch Man Vol.3 by ONE

While the first two volumes were funny, this one was more plot-based. It included backstories and more insight into the Hero Association’s world.

Requiem by Lauren Oliver

I loved the first book and I thought the second was so-so but it was enough to make me want to finish the trilogy. This was extremely anti-climatic but the writing style wasn’t bad. It’s just the way the story was executed that made me not like it that much.

Gifted by J.A. George

This was a good start to the series and throughout most of the book I didn’t really have an opinion on it. I liked where the author went with the story and it was certainly interesting enough to make me want to read more. See review here.

The Death Cure by James Dashner

Ah yes! Really loved this. It’s the end right? It’s the end. I liked this and The Scorch Trials so much better The Maze Runner. Can’t wait to read The Kill Order and Fever Code.

The Flash: Rebirth #1

This is the continuation of the Rebirth phase in the DC Universe. I didn’t think that I’d get addicted…but I am. See review here.

The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket

This book wasn’t my favourite in the series so far. It was different than the others but it didn’t pull me in as the first three did.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne & John Tiffany

OMFG THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING! ALL DOUBTS WERE GONE BARELY 2 SCENES IN! READ THIS PEOPLE. READ IT NOW! Review to come soon.

Total Read in July: 16 Books

DNF’d:

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: Castaways And I Darken  


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  • Unfinished Books:

This section is not going to be done for a while and that’s okay. I’m a bit busy where reading is concerned but some time I’ll get through them all and this section will have a completely new set of books. :)

The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries, #1) 11/22/63 Inkheart Doctor Who: Who-ology Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1) The Optimist's Handbook: A Companion to Hope; The Pessimist's Handbook: A Companion to Despair 3008

   685403 27407971 16181775

  • Official TBR:

End of Days (Penryn and the End of Days, #3)

  • Goodreads Genre Challenge: War

Two Brothers

  • ARCs to get through:

Time in a Bottle Hockey Karma The Beast That Never Was Detached The Story Traveler