Monday, October 15, 2012

Mailbox Monday - The Giver

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Title: The Giver
Author: Lois Lowry
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday 1993
Format: Paperback; Pgs 180
Genre: YA / Dystopian
Source: Friends of the Library
Series: The Giver #1


Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

Chapter 1

It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened. No. Wrong word, Jonas thought. Frightened meant that deep, sickening feeling of something terrible about to happen. Frightened was the way he had felt a year ago when an unidentified aircraft had overflown the community twice. He had seen it both times. Squinting toward the sky, he had seen the sleek jet, almost a blur at its high speed, go past, and a second later heard the blast of sound that followed. Then one more time, a moment later, from the opposite direction, the same plane.

At first, he had been only fascinated. He had never seen aircraft so close, for it was against the rules for Pilots to fly over the community. Occasionally, when supplies were delivered by cargo planes to the landing field across the river, the children rode their bicycles to the river bank and watched, intrigued, the unloading and then the takeoff directed to the west, always away from the community.


Tea norman said...

I love The Giver. It's truly a classic.

Anna said...

I've heard nothing but good things about this book. Hope you enjoy it!

Elizabeth said...

Thought provoking book.


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DCMetroreader said...

I read this years ago when my son was assigned it in school. It is an excellent story -- enjoy!

Shoshanah said...

I actually read The Giver for the first time in college. I really enjoyed it then, and think I go more out of it than I would have if I was younger. I did read the sequel and enjoy it, but have yet to read the other two books in the series.

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

I have heard The Giver is a great story. My kids read it in school but sadly I have not yet read it. I hope you enjoy it!