After 6000 years, I’m back, with yet another book review. The Giver by Lois Lowry was surprisingly interesting, while written in a way that would make it easy for just about anyone to read. The topic, however, might have gone over the heads of younger people. Basically, Jonas is a boy who lives in a Utopian society where jobs are assigned to people during their last year of school. There are the obvious jobs such as the doctors, the teachers, and the government officials. And then there are interesting jobs such as the Receiver. The job of the receiver is to inherit the memories of the world, which are actually prohibited from being released to the public. Things like colors, weather, and emotion have been removed from society, but they are kept within the mind of one person, and are then passed down through the generation of Receivers.
Overall, it was a good book, despite the fact that it was short, and the idea of the book was slightly old for the audience that it targeted. If the subject content were lighter or the language were heavier it would have matched better, but in reality the makeup of the book did not blend well together. With the subject of death, occasional murder, frantic escapes and crime, the book is written at a middle school level, making it a very strange combination. However, the book itself was good and worth the time it took to read. In fact, it took practically no time at all, considering it was only 180 pages. I’d recommend it if you’re into interesting utopian societies, but at the same time it’s definitely not at the top of the list.