The Giver

By: Lois Lowry

About my novel...

My book The Giver is about a young boy, at the age of 12, named Jonas. He and his family live a controlled community with many other families. This community is very different from our lives; they don't know and have never experienced what snow, rain, hills, pain, color, or even what the sun is. They are taught to never ask a question that would make the other person feel out of place or different. They are basically all expected to act the same. At the age of 12 each child is assigned there job that they have for the rest of their life. Jonas is selected as the Receiver of Memory, the most honorable job. The first day of his training he meets the current Receiver of Memory (The Giver). Each day The Giver gives him memories from times of the past. Some of the memories are good and some are very painful. Once The Giver gives Jonas the memories he no longer has them. If someone starts to get too old or is too little when born or if you break the rules you are released. When you are released you are killed and Jonas now knows that. He runs away from the community with the little boy is family is taking care of named Gabriel, with The Givers help.
The Giver (Book Trailer)

Jonas is the main character in this book. He lives with his mother, father, and his sister Lily (they take care of a little boy Gabriel). His best friends are Asher and Fiona.

Connections to Greek myths...

  • Jonas is like an archetypal hero. He is born and given to a different family, he is selected as receiver of memory which is an event that changes his life, receives help from The Giver, and runs away with Gabriel as a quest to escape from the community.

  • The Chief Elder (leader of the community), is like Zeus (king of the gods).

  • The god Apollo connects because he never told a lie and you are not allowed to lie in the community.


I really enjoyed reading this book. It was very interesting and I actually enjoyed reading it. I would rate it a 9 on a 1-10 scale.