The Giver

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Hey, guys! It’s finally August 28! After a few weeks off of writing posts, I’ve come up with lots of new topics to review and blog about, such as more tips on characters in books and writing, reviews off books and movies, and study tips! I can’t wait to post about them!

Today, I’ll be discussing a book I read a few weeks ago called The Giver. The movie for it came out a while ago, and after hearing my brother talk about the book so long, I was curious to see what all the talk was about and I accepted the challenge of reading it.

Smaller than what I thought it was going to be and finishing it in a day and a half (I actually read a total of two books in the last four days.), it definitely was a shocker at the end. I was warned, at least, so I wasn’t quite that shocked.

The story takes place in a community of people arranged according to age, job, and family, and everyone is required to say canned phrases if something specific happens (such as turning up late for class or making a mistake.) Jonas, the oldest of his siblings, is now at the age where he is assigned a job and moved from school to his task. When he is chosen as Receiver of Memory, a rare rank for anybody, he becomes nervous and wonders if he’ll be cut out for the task, but all those thoughts are put aside when he is trained by the Giver, Jonas’ mentor. This task opens up a whole world to him, and Jonas must make a life-changing decision before it’s too late for him to back out.

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This book was actually written¬† 90’s, which surprised me since I had always thought of it as one of the classics. The book had a good theme to it, and the suspense grew with every chapter that was written. Some of the characters seems to be a bit cheesy in their speech, ans that bothered me slightly until I figured out that was probably how they were suppose to be portrayed. Like I said, it’s a rather short book, and it took me not very long before I found myself looking at the back cover.

The book is pretty clean. There is one part that is awkward, however, but there is not detail and it just explains a dream Jonas had. There are no swear words, is easy to read, and is pretty entertaining. For the rank, I would say it would be a 7 out of 10.

Have a lovely weekend!

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