Book Rating: 4 / 5
The Giver is a story set in a perfect society. There is no crime, no starvation and most importantly no emotions. Jonas, at the age of 12 gets given his life assignment, he is to be the Receiver of Memory, a job which is highly honoured but comes at a great personal cost. He is trained by the previous Receiver who is now called the Giver of Memory. Jonas is sent into a place foreign to him as he explores the memories of the world when it was chaotic and destructive before the change into sameness happened. The citizens have been deprived of experiencing joy, love and happiness in their lives. Jonas knowing the gifts that these elements bring to a person’s life – making life an experience and not simply surviving – is determined to make a change.
The Giver is a simple yet brilliant book written to prove that even a perfect society is not Utopia. The book is short, only 180 pages long and was written in 1993. Even though that was 25 years ago the content of the story is still relatable to today’s society. We often strive for perfection but the book opens the mind to the possibilities of perfection not being as wonderful as it seems.
A lot of people have watched the movie but the differences between the movie and the book are noticeable. They begin and end similarly but what happens in between is up for interpretation. Reading the book will not take too much time out of your busy schedules. It took me a couple of hours to finish but in that time I did not have a thought of putting it down. The story is intriguing and most definitely should have a dedicated spot on everyone’s bookshelf.