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The Giver Quartet

(The Giver #1-4)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  6,436 ratings  ·  407 reviews
Published by Houghton-Mifflin (first published November 5th 2013)
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Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series-review, jen
While "The Giver" was written years ago, I did not discover it until this year. So lucky me, I got to read all four books in the series quite close together (although not directly back-to-back). Although unlike other series, the four books didn't weren't technically sequels/serials (each book picking up where the last left off) ... in fact, it was a bit of a stretch to tie the books to each other.

Book 1: The Giver: I really liked this story. The reader is introduced to a pretty "perfect" society
Kathy Hulin
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I saw the movie and I know the book is always better. I enjoyed the movie, but it left me wondering what happened next. I am glad I didn't buy just the book "the Giver" because it is exactly like the movie and it leaves you wondering what happened too. But this book tells 4 different stories and gives you the whole story. I could see similarities in the story to how our lives and the way we live could cause misguided leaders to think all the problems in the world could be solved if only we did " ...more
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I quite enjoyed the simplicity of this book. Each book told of a different story from someone else's point of view, yet in the end they are all connected together and brought together the story through different perspectives. The main moral of the story explains how our lives and the way we live can sometimes be the outcome of how some misguided leaders think problems in the world should be solved or eliminated, though there is no such thing as a perfect world, and e
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André Oliveira
# The Giver - 4.5*
# Gathering Blue - 3*
# Messenger - 3.5*
# Son - 3.5*
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
O.W.L.S MAGICAL READATHON 2019 | BOOK #8| TRANSFIGURATIONS (read a book with a red cover or sprayed edges)

Meh 😐. I don't really know how I feel about these books. This series was OK, nothing really special or interesting. I don't have much to say about this other than meh.
The Giver Quartet is an absolute must read. Each of the four novels is beautifully written, but when read consecutively in this omnibus format, it becomes clear how brilliantly Lois Lowry tied them together. There is something to learn in each story, and I think Messenger is especially meaningful given our current political climate in America. Please give this series a read if you haven't yet. ...more
Kim Woolfson
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
The stories were so thought through and unique. At first I was confused because they were all so different, but in the end it all tied together and made sense. I would definitely recommend this series.
Shelly L
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: be_my_sci-fy
Took a leap of faith. Climbed out from the valley of not-knowing to discover whether The Giver, which was written to stand alone, could be expanded without ruining my eyes or scarring my soul. Lived to tell that despite stabbing sticks and murderous vines, I'm glad I undertook the journey. Gathering Blue is a quality companion for the formerly only child I loved so well. It held the same eerie, not-is-all-as-it-seems feel as its older sibling, but in a new community with very different flaws. Lo ...more
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Giver is premiering this Friday August 15th. To the younger generation of moviegoers, those in their teens most likely, this is another blockbuster in the same vein as Hunger Games. It's got some big names like Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgård, Katie Holmes, and even Taylor Swift. To an older audience, those in their 20s to 30s, they know that this was actually a book released in 1993 by Lois Lowry. Some from this generation, like my wife, actually had this assigned as summer ...more
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to zachary by: Léon
The Giver Quartet is a series of short stories about different dystopian societies. It begins with Jonas who lives in a society where pain and suffering is no longer known. But the price paid for a life without pain is a life without love, a life without happiness. Everyone in the community is a follower of Sameness; and they live by many strict rules. Precision of language is important. It doesn't do to use words with abstract definitions; if the definition is too broad, how will you ever under ...more
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, classics
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Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The young at heart
Recommended to Bill by: The Giver Movie
Shelves: fantasy, teen-ya-plus
I read this series after seeing the 1st (I hope) movie with Brenton Thwaites as Jonas. I'd not heard of the series. I was a bit skeptical as Amazon's age range is 12 and up, vis à vis YA. I like reading good YA as they usually have elements that take maturity and experience to fully realize and they make me feel young again, a rational pursuit. These are not children's books.

The Giver Quartet does this well. The books are easy 1 nite reads (I always read from 10 pm till I start nodding). The pr
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
I think the concept was good. Four simple connected stories told by four different characters. The first book was the best for me.
But, even if these books are targeted at children, I still feel that the stories are not developed enough and it left you with so many questions unanswered.
Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian, fantasy, ya

The Giver : *5*

Gathering Blue : *4*

Messenger : *4*

Son : *4*
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The Giver is excellent. The other three books are good but not quit up to the same level. It has elements of the classic hero tales. Good stories for children to read.
Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: home-library
The Giver Quartet has been on my To Be Read list for quite some time now. I finally finished it while waiting for another book to come in and maybe my impatience colored my opinion of this one a bit. Frankly, and I'll keep this short, this series by Lois Lowry was very well written. I enjoyed the reading, though I feel like I rushed through it. It wasn't earth-shattering or life-changing for me but it did keep me entertained for the few days it took to read.

The characters are very crafted but th
4.5 stars

Each of the 4, especially the first, is excellent.

The problem with reading them immediately after each other (as opposed to how they were written, or how I read them originally, years apart) is that it emphasizes Lowry's inconsistencies from earlier books to later ones with the same characters. Events retold in later volumes are not only from someone else's perspective (reasonable), they are distinctly different. Things that happened in the morning are retold as having been at night. O
Tracey Lamond
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this quartet. Such an amazing vision of what might happen. I recommend them.
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved every part, even the sad parts. The only downfall to the book is that the ending felt rushed. Other than that it was amazing and I would love to read it again.
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing series. I loved all four books.
Aisyah ♡
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jennifer Meyer
I read The Giver when it first came out 20 years ago and had no idea there were sequels written until my daughter learned about them. The Giver was even better than I remember it being. Reading it as an adult was a much richer and deeper experience. Definitely a worth while read.
EA Solinas
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dystopian teen fiction is pretty hot right now, with blockbusters like "The Hunger Games" and "Divergent." But the grandaddy of them all was "The Giver."

And long before it became chic, Lois Lowry produced a hauntingly memorable quartet of stories set in a world where emotions are suppressed and people with gifts are imprisoned. The four books are loosely tied together -- the first and last most tightly -- and mingle fantasy and science fiction, with haunting prose and some very strong characters
Book 1 - The Giver A classic dystopian, about a society that is cold, sterile, avoid of feeling and spread with sameness. A rule or law for everything. The children are born in a factory like setting, then given to parents as a chore after they are 1 years old. Anything out of order must be destroyed. There is a special job called The Receiver...and A Giver...transmissions of long ago memories. Jonas escapes with Gabe..on bike, though a harrowing journey he rides them both to safety on a red sle ...more
Harriet B
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I don't feel like writing four reviews on four different books, so I'm going to put them all here.

THE GIVER by Lois Lowry
The Giver is a fantastic story about a young boy growing up in a world without feeling. I loved it because it isn't a clone of any other book (as most books today are). It is original and unique, in its own way. I think that most everyone will enjoy this book thoroughly.

The only thing that disappointed me about Gathering Blue was the fact that it isn't a direct c
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Since I learned that Macmillan/Farrar Straus and Giroux, had picked up my husbands war memoir and that it will be directed to young adults, I became curious about what young adults are reading today. As I expected, this field as changed tremendously since I was a working librarian. And so far, I am fascinated by what I have read. I especially fell for the Giver Quartet. It was recommended to me by the director of an English language private school here in Mexico. I practially gobbled down the fo ...more
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
A series worth reading! After reading The Giver, I almost decided not to go on with the series because I was disturbed by a scene that explained "being released" with a set of twins, and I feared the rest of the books would involve this level of deceit and darkness. I'm glad I gave it a chance. If you read Book #1, keep going! Book #2, Gathering Blue, is labeled a companion to Book #1, but you will not see any relation between the two books as it is the story of another character. In Book #3, Th ...more
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Taken from Lowry's website:
"I’ve always felt that I was fortunate to have been born the middle child of three. My older sister, Helen, was very much like our mother: gentle, family-oriented, eager to please. Little brother Jon was the only boy and had interests that he shared with Dad; together they were always working on electric trains and erector sets; and later, when Jon was older, they always

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