For the past couple weeks, in Ms. Turner’s Language Arts Classes, students have been reading The Giver by Lois Lowry. The novel is about a boy named Jonas who has been selected to be the next Receiver of Memory in his community, which will lead him to experience pain he has never felt before. In Jonas’s town there are many rules and restrictions, and he is given instructions to guide him in his new role. His community is based on a fair value system that makes no one greater than anyone else, but Jonas soon finds out there are things going on that the community does not know about. This book is in the genre of Science Fiction and is considered to be post-apocalyptic. The community strives to be an utopic community, but it is actually a dystopic community.
As a student I feel that this book makes you think about whether you would want to live in a world that is safe where you have no freedom to make your own choices and decisions, or a world that is unsafe, but you have the freedom to make your own decisions. This book makes you really understand what it would be like to live in a completely different community. You realize all of the freedoms you have and they do not. This book can make students think outside of the world they know and think of their daily lives, which would be very different, because of all of the different rules of the community. ~ Elizabeth A.