The Giver by Lois Lowry

Read: 29 March, 2014

The Giver is written for children, and it’s fairly obvious in form – the book is easily read in a few hours. It’s far from simple in content, though.

The book takes place in a future world where society has become highly regulated. Young children are assigned to families, and children are assigned their future careers based on aptitude. In a society marked by its stability, one person is selected to bear all the memories of the world prior to the founding of the Community.

I really enjoyed it. It’s a fairly weighty exploration of morality, death, individuality, all that lovely stuff. And while the ending had me bawling, I can’t wait to share it with my son when he’s old enough.

And there’s a movie coming out soon!

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