Recently, I found myself in an interesting position – I had a Sunday afternoon free and “nothing” on hand to read. The last 2 books on my Spring TBR were on hold at the library, but not yet available. So, I decided to read The Giver by Lois Lowry – a book that was supposed to be on my Summer TBR.
The Giver was published in 1993, when I was 15. At that time I thought I was too old for middle grade books, and I wasn’t old enough yet to know better. 🙂 So, this is my first experience with the book.
I absolutely loved the world building! Lowry crafted a world that is eerily similar, and yet vastly different, from our own. With the exception of Jonas, the characters weren’t particularly well developed, but I think this was an intentional choice on Lowry’s part.
While reading, I could see where the author was influenced by earlier dystopian works, particularly Orwell’s 1984, The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, and The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin. I could also see how much The Giver has influenced more recent works, like The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau, and my favorite, The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, particularly Mockingjay . I will definitely be adding the rest of The Quartet to my Summer TBR!
We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others.
REMINDER: Our May T3 link up is next Thursday, 5/15/14! We’re particularly excited this month, because we have a special announcement to make.