From the Bookshelf of The Seasonal Reading Challenge

The Giver
Start date
December 1, 2010
Finish date
February 28, 2011
Why we're reading this
This book was selected as the Winter 2010 Group Read for "Modern YA"

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Sara ♥
January 11, 2010

I reread this book for a book challenge, and it was really interesting again. I remembered a few of the details, but definitely not everything. I'm still not sure about the ending. It was weird. I'm pretty sure it was supposed to be symbolic of something, and I feel kinda stupid saying it, but I don't know what it was supposed to mean. (The last lines there...) What can I say? The only English class I took in college was Technical Writing! :P

September 23, 2008

I've been meaning to
The original dystopian YA novel. And now that I've read it I can see how much other authors borrowed from it while writing their versions of dystopian world. The first that came to my mind was Matched trilogy by Ally Condie, but Lauren Oliver also had some elements of the Giver world in her novels. The society wants to control everything, wants everything to be the same. Good thing there is Elsewhere.

I liked how Jonas learnt colors gradually. I was very impressed with the idea in the movie trai
Finally read this! The dreaded movie is always such a motivator for me. I'm actually surprised that they chose to make a movie of it. It's such an introspective book. It reminded me a lot of Brave New World, actually, but younger. And I liked Brave New World a lot, so that's a compliment. When and if I ever have kids, this is one I would want them to read.
Thought this was a really good book..... But. The fact that it was intended for a younger audiance was clear, and that was fine. However it provoked me to think of just how different things could be. I think I won't be thinking of many things that I once took for granted the same way again.
I loved this dystopian novel but felt that the pacing was off - the ending seemed rushed to me. I would have liked to see another chapter or two before the final resolution. Of course this is the first in a trilogy, so I am going right now to put the next one on hold at the library.
Read during my stint in the Banned Books Reader booth at the library.

Damn near made me cry. Again.
I enjoyed this book. Whilst it's a short & easy read, it also made me think about our life, how we deal with situations and the life they lead in The Community. I'd have liked to read more of what happened during that year, or so, to Jonas, but also to Asher and Fiona. I'm interested in what the sequels will be like, especially having heard every possible review from terrible to amazing.
Claire Jefferies
Nov 23, 2014 Claire Jefferies marked it as to-read
Megan Underwood
Dec 09, 2014 Megan Underwood marked it as to-read
May 16, 2014 Elyn marked it as to-read
Sep 11, 2014 Kinga marked it as to-read
Oct 20, 2011 James marked it as on-my-wishlist-sff-2
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