The Giver

By: Lois Lowry Designed by: Tamar Nijhove

Summary

The Giver takes place in a community where everything is controlled and managed by a group of people called "The Elders". Parents are not able to bare children, they are given children. The ability to see colors were taken away from them supposedly for "safety". But within the community, there lives a boy name Jonas. Jonas is different.. he sees things that the rest of the community could not manage to understand. Except for the Giver. The giver understands what Jonas is experiencing and guides him on his journey. Jonas realizes that there has been many things that have been taken away from the community. He decides to take action and return the things that have been stolen from them back to them.

Main Characters

  • Jonas- A courageous boy that uses the power that he has to change the community that he lives in. He has to use his knowledge wisely. With all that he knows it affects him because the things that the Giver gives to him seem to be innocent in the eyes of a person living in the community and doesn't have the knowledge that Jonas has. For instance, Release was usually a joyful time but in reality it is murder.
  • The Giver- The original Receiver that guides Jonas and teaches him that life is worth more than what he is experiencing in the community. He had to give memories to Jonas that were very painful for him to handle. But it was needed for the task that Jonas was going to take on.
  • Gabriel- A baby that Jonas' family has to nurture, but Jonas begins to feel a bond for him and they become very close. Gabriel doesn't really understand anything, but is in danger of being released and Jonas is there to save him.
  • Fiona- A friend of Jonas and is the reason why Jonas started seeing colors. Her vivid red hair was start of Jonas' adventure.

Teacher-like Questions

  1. Why didn't Jonas tell more people that he was leaving?
  2. Why was the ending so suspenseful?
  3. What happened to the Giver after Jonas left?
  4. Did the community change when the memories were released?

Overall Rating

The book overall was very interesting!! I like the fact that it was very suspenseful and that it kept me at the edge of my seat when reading it. What I didn't like is that it didn't explain what happened to the rest of the characters after Jonas left the community.

Quote

"The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared" -Lois Lowry
The Giver Official Trailer #2 (2014) - Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges Movie HD