Although I missed reading this in high school, I’m so glad I finally read The Giver now. Especially with the movie coming out this summer!!
Book Review: The Giver by Lois Lowry + Movie Speculations
Title & Author: The Giver by Lois Lowry
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy – Dystopia, Classics
Release Date: January 1, 1993
Series: The Giver Quartet #1
How I Got the Book: Bought – Book Club Pick
Check out The Giver discussion questions HERE!
The The Giver was so much more than I expected. A few things really surprised me:
- How simple the language was
- How many other dystopias pull from this book’s ideas
- How short it was
I have to say, too, that this is a perfect book to discuss at a book club or with another YA fan. With so few pages, you’d think the book would be simplistic, but there are so many big concepts to think about.
It says so much that you can see little things here and there from current dystopias that you can link back to The Giver.
And the erasing of a society’s history can be seen in so many dystopias I can’t even count them.
A part from being one of the first, The Giver also carries the distinction of standing the test of time. It’s a book Lowry still receives fan/hate mail about, and one that particularly touches kids the most.
Other than highly recommending that you read this book if you haven’t already, I’m not sure there’s too much I can say about this YA classic that hasn’t already been said. This book will make you remember the first time you realized truths about your world that you wished you hadn’t learned. The Giver is truly outstanding.
My Movie Hopes
The Giver movie will premiere August 15. Here’s the trailer:
What do you think?!
For me, the only accuracy sticking points I have would be how Jonas comes to meet The Giver and what happens at the end with Jonas and Gabriel. I already sense some mucking about with that…but I’m hoping for the best.
Also, Jonas is supposed to be 12 years old, and that actor looks like he’s about 17. Hmmmm…
I wonder how they’ll handle the color scenes. I would hope for a dramatic change, but I think they didn’t create any before and afters (from what I can tell).
Are you excited about the movie? What are your must-not-changes for The Giver book to movie transition?