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Review: The Giver

The Giver
The Giver by Lois Lowry

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a weird, weird, weird dystopia.

Definitely a unique story about a potential future of humanity. On the upside, there is no war, no hostility, no elitism. The downside there are no differences, no colors, it’s all blah. Which way is better?

A lot of this reminded me of M. Night Shyamalan’s movie The Village. Life is controlled and simple. But is that really the best way for people to live. That’s what The Giver delves into. All the memories of war, death, pestilence are taken away. But then so are the better things of life.

Jonas is oblivious. He is becoming a twelve, which means adult training in a future job within the community. Until then life was sharing feelings after dinner and telling dreams with breakfast. Taking pills to prevent the stirrings and being a well behaved eleven. It’s when he becomes a twelve that it changes. He meets The Giver who bestows upon him the gift/burden of holding the histories of their kinds and the before thems, and the before thems… and so on…

For a while there, I had it figured out. Events were kept too secret and not spoken about…which in my mind led to one thing. And I was right (and am definitely not saying any spoilers). I knew it! And poor Jonas…the truth came at him like a speeding Mack Truck out of nowhere. Hard for anyone to take, especially a twelve year old.

The end is where this weird book came to life for me. It was exciting and held so much hope. If it hadn’t happened the way it did, I would have definitely given this book a to and a half or three…

I’m sort of wanting to read the nest book to find out what’s going to happen next…those dern cliffhangers.

*A BACK TO SCHOOL READ* ~ The last of the September books is complete.

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Reading Theme: September 2016

Long time, no post…

These past few months have been insane with a cross-country move. Between cleaning, packing, cleaning, unpacking, traveling, directing movers on both ends of the spectrum, and organizing, it’s been little to no fun.

And don’t get me started on writer’s block headaches. Reading books/fanfics/stories is suffering as much as writing right now. Total doldrums.

I need to find my way out of this funk. Fast. Get myself back into a schedule. I figure the best way to do that is to assign September a reading theme. But what do I choose?

September 2015’s theme (also about the time I started these posts) was anything RomCom. I could always go for some romance. *happy sigh* A little love. Some laughs. Ever so sweet with enough tension to make you root for the MC’s to get together. And a little happy dance when they finally do. Warms my heart and soul to read those stories.

But, the RomCom theme is now on a Been There, Done That sort of status. I don’t mind doing it again because I loved it so much, but I need to broaden my reading horizons.

I thought about turning this into a “School’s Starting Up” sort of theme, tackling the classic of literature. Story trauma in Lit class keeps me from doing it full throttle, though. So I turn to the class reading lists of high schools today: The Princess Bride, Peter Pan, Will Grayson Will Grayson, The Giver, The Alchemist and others like those. (I’ve seen both the Hunger Games and Divergent series on lists, but I’ve already read those.)

If only I could find my missing box of books, I’d have more to add to this list…

*heavy sigh*

Anyway, I figure it’s a great place to start.

September 2016’s theme: Back to School Reading

Seems boring enough, but I’ve had some of these books on my TBR lists for years. This should be the motivation I need to get them read. I plan to, anyway. Who knows, maybe a romcom will sneak its way into the reading list for this month. Only time will tell.


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