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The Giver (The Giver, #1)
Simon Smith's review
Feb 01, 2020
I read this because I’m working my way through the top science fiction books of all time, according to Goodreads popularity and ratings. Turns out that buried in those listings are books like this that are clearly aimed at elementary or middle school students. The book is a caricature of childhood innocence and coming of age. So clearly aimed at prepubescent children. That’s not damning, but I wish the book were more rigorous in exploring the mystery of how the community came to be, and didn’t just gloss over some confusing facts. Like, for example, why couldn’t people in the community see the sun? How was it possible to store memories in a single person and then have them accidentally released? Also, what was the mechanism by which a memory of a sled turned out to be a prediction, and why was there a random sled sitting at the top of a hill in the first place? So, interesting concept, but could have been developed much further and better.
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January 31, 2020 – Finished Reading
February 1, 2020 – Shelved