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After reading The Giver, I was left confused and disappointed. It seemed as if it would be interesting, but you can't judge a book by its cover. The contents were dull and predictable. Quite honestly, I wouldn't recommend it to any reader seeking a fine piece of literature. It just doesn't suffice.

The Giver is about a young boy named Jonas. He resides in a futuristic society in which each citizen is assigned a job, a spouse, and children. The children are born to mothers who will never get to see them. Trying not to give anymore away, I will only say that Jonas is assigned an important job and is challenged with the release of an innocent child. Jonas is left with the option of leaving his home, job, and family to save the child, or facing the harsh reality of his community and job, and enduring the release of the child.

This book was dreadful. I became more and more dissatisfied with each page. It was a waste of time and hardly made sense. I'll admit, there were a few interesting lines, but far too few to continue reading after the first chapter. Although I finished it, I regret doing so. It was, by far, the worst book I've ever picked up. It proved to be mediocre, no better than what the average person could conceive. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

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nishka9 said...
Jan. 30, 2015 at 8:32 pm
I believe it depends on when you read this novel. The new books such as Divergent and The Hunger Games really brought out the Dystopian novels, but Th GIver really satrted the trend and people gained interest in the dystopian genre.
SophieSchnitzelThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Feb. 22, 2015 at 11:39 pm
The Giver was a REAL dystopian book. The most important thing for me in dystopian literature is to raise questions and The Giver did that. The problem with The Hunger Games and Divergent is that IT DIDN'T RAISE QUESTIONS AT ALL. I liked the Hunger Games and hated Divergent with a burning passion (sorry) but I was disappointed by both in that they didn't raise questions. They were barely dystopias. Well, they WERE dystopias, but all Divergent was for me was a romance (with dystopia in the backgro... (more »)
nishka9 replied...
Mar. 10, 2015 at 10:57 pm
@SophieSchnitzel I completely agree with you, although your opinion on "raising questions" differs for me since I thought Divergent and The Hunger Games were rather intriguing to me and did raise questions. The romance in each was a bit overpowering for the main point of theme behind them, I have to admit that.
AlejandroG said...
Jan. 29, 2015 at 6:32 pm
Does anyone know that this book is part of a four piece set?
EllyApolloRose replied...
Feb. 11, 2015 at 2:06 pm
I do! I've read three of four, I have yet to read "Son".
Bookworm4610 said...
Jan. 13, 2015 at 6:41 pm
I agree..This was an EXTREMLY Bland book... it had no "Flavor"
NoniDoni said...
Jan. 12, 2015 at 8:41 pm
I loved the book and will agree to disagree with you!
swiftie_emz This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 31, 2014 at 2:30 am
I agree with you at some places. I liked the book, but it was dull and the end just left me confused. WHY WOULD LOIS DO THAT TO US? And the movie that came out this year is even worse. I agree at places with you, but I think it was an okay book.
GirlGenius said...
Nov. 18, 2014 at 4:31 pm
I can't decide whether or not to read, "The Blood of Olympus." Can someone do a review on that?
Jonah H. said...
Nov. 12, 2014 at 10:01 am
Well , I read The Giver in the 5 th grade , and I didn't see the point in it. The ending was good and heartfelt in my opinion , but the story just ......... sucks.
itserratic said...
Sept. 26, 2014 at 10:21 pm
Its too late! I already read it! But i liked your review. I felt the same way at the ending. 
kingofwriters said...
Aug. 8, 2014 at 10:53 am
I can understand why you don't like this book. I don't think it was dreadful, but it certainly wasn't a masterpiece. The idea surrounding the book is admittedly very unique and interesting, but everything else was just bland. Not dreadful...just bland.
absband said...
Aug. 3, 2014 at 10:12 pm
I loved thisbook my class read and I was ahead and finished in at least one day. It was confusing then it got more understanding by the time I finished.
micky d said...
Jun. 6, 2014 at 5:20 pm
I just finished reading this book in school, and it was so good that I read the whole book by the time the class was still on like chapter 14. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read.
Birdsinger said...
May 22, 2014 at 6:19 pm
Personally, I found The Giver to be a great book. My fifth-grade teacher read it aloud to my class in Lit several years ago and--maybe it was just her prowess and fluency, but I don't think so--I really enjoyed it at the time. I think all Lois Lowry's books are worth at least picking up. She's a very talented writer, so if you think that The Giver is too "juvenile," I would recommend something else--the Austin series, for instance. Even if you di... (more »)
Jocospock replied...
May 30, 2014 at 10:03 am
I disagree 100% I loved that book, I remember reading it years ago when I was in the sixth grade, and I loved the book so much that I bought it and reread it like a year ago. It's amazing, an absolute thrill to read. Fabulous peice of literature, and if you found it confusing; maybe you just didn't understand the general message. I want to reread it again. I think I shall.
anonymous replied...
Nov. 20, 2014 at 9:28 am
I  read this book last year and I am in the 8th grade now, I for one Love the book but I love your opinion.  
Sunshine20023 said...
May 13, 2014 at 10:05 am
The giver is a very unique book and after reading it I found that it was a very complex book.
HayleyFther said...
May 1, 2014 at 5:45 am
I read this book and even though there are some points that i got tired and almost stopped reading,I still think it's worth to give it a try.
LarkbirdThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 14, 2014 at 1:38 pm
and we find out even more about him by reading Gathering Blue and Son ;)
WilliamN said...
Mar. 27, 2014 at 3:20 pm
Some people here say that this book was very "childish" and "intended for children" but I don't think so. I found it a very good book, and it teaches people that creativity and breaking out from everyday order can be a good thing.
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