Wednesday, June 30, 2010


The Giver (The Giver, #1)


So a young boy uses his blue eyes to see the world in color and magically receive memories from another blue-eyed old man via backrubs, escapes the Soviet Union, saves his brother from infanticide, and dies of hypothermia while hallucinating about Christmas.


I can understand why so many people were terrified of this book as children - lots of scary topics are dealt with on a very personal level. But I was of course impressed by it - it's a classic dystopian sci-fi book! Lowry makes the day-to-day believable in this communist community, and very fairly puts a lot of good qualities into this well-organized society.

Impressive for a kid's book, lots of interesting issues to think about afterward, but the plot and ending was a little odd. Glad I read it though.

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