If you liked The Giver...

then you should try these books!

...the rest of the books in The Giver quartet...

Gathering Blue

  • Not really a sequel to The Giver. More like a companion novel.
  • Two worlds are similar in some ways, but the world of Gathering Blue is brutal.
  • Kira is orphaned and physically flawed. Not good in this world. Her only friend is Matty, a little boy also on the fringes of this world.
  • Sent to The Council of Guardians, she is prepared to fight for her life. But her magical gift saves her.
  • As she practices her gift and works for The Council, she begins to realize the truth about her world and wonders how she might change it (or herself) for the better.


  • Not really a sequel to The Giver or Gathering Blue, but begins to tie the two stories together.
  • Another "other world," this time called the Village. But this society is entirely different than the other two. This one welcomes outsiders with open arms.
  • Something is happening in Village that is making the citizens change. They are closing their doors.
  • Matty, a member of Village, is one of the first to notice these changes, and he decides he needs to go on a quest to find a missing Villager before it's too late.
  • An attacking forest, a Leader that risks his life, a somewhat surprising ending make the end of this book pretty suspenseful.


  • I really enjoyed this book because it bring everything from the other three books together, but not everyone loves it.
  • This book is divided into three sections: Before, Between, and Beyond.
  • The story centers around a new character, Claire.
  • Here's Lois Lowry talking about the last book of the quartet:
Lois Lowry Author Video for SON (10.2.12).

...other dystopian titles...

Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

  • Luke has never been to school, played outside, had a friend over for the night. He is a third child, which is banned by the government.
  • When he gets a glimpse of someone in the house across from him when no one should be there, he begins to wonder if there is a way to freedom after all.
  • Similar to The Giver because: both books have main characters who are learning the truth about the societies in which they live.

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

  • The city of Ember was created long ago to protect its citizens. But now the supplies are running out, the light is failing, and the citizens are in trouble.
  • When Lina and Doon find fragments of an ancient parchment, they begin to explore whether there might be a way out of Ember. Will they be able to find the solution to their community's problems, and more importantly, will the citizens of Ember believe them?
  • Similar to The Giver because: Both books have characters who serve as "Messengers," and when they realize the truth about their societies, have to make life-changing decisions.

Truesight by David Stahler

  • Jacob lives in a society where everyone is blind, but that is a good thing. Blindness brings unity, purity, and freedom, and everyone is happy.
  • As Jacob nears his 13th birthday, thinking about changes that will happen when he is an adult, a far greater change threatens everything Jacob knows.
  • Similar to The Giver because: the societies in both books are carefully controlled and the main characters face challenges when they realize the truth.

Legend by Marie Lu

  • In what was the western United States, the Republic is now at constant war with its neighbors. June is a highly regarded citizen of the Republic, training to be in the elite military. Day is the country's most wanted criminal.
  • June and Day's paths have not crossed until June's brother is murdered and Day is a prime suspect. June sets out to avenge for her brother's death, while Day is running for his life, and in the process they learn about themselves and their country.
  • Similar to The Giver because: they are both books centered around dystopian societies and the truth about those societies.

The List by Patricia Forde

  • The city of Ark is the last safe place on Earth. To be sure humans survive, they are required to speak "List," a language of only 500 words. Everyone except for the Wordsmith, and Letta, the Wordsmith's apprentice.
  • When the Wordsmith disappears, Letta is told she is the Wordsmith now, and must decrease the words in the language of "List." When Letta meets a boy who somehow knows all words, though, she must decide what she's going to do.
  • book trailer
  • Similar to The Giver because: Both books have alternate societies where an aspect of society is very controlled except for the few who hold the past.

Others to try...

  • Dark Life by Kat Falls
  • Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (and series)
  • Illusive by Emily Lloyd Jones

Happy reading!