Hey, book lovers.
So it’s been a long time since I’ve posted for you on here, and I apologise. I’m now back in Luton, living in a completely new student flat ready for going back to Uni in the beginning of October, and have been very busy with work. I work in a bookshop (ironically enough), and have been trying to get used to living on my own again and focusing on work and getting ready for university and everything. I will be a second year very soon, it’s quite exciting!
Anyway, moving on. This post is going to be a review of a little book I’ve been reading called The Giver by Lois Lowry, about the perfect world of a young man called Jonas, where there is no pain or hurt and everything about life is planned out so that nobody in the community is unhappy. It sounds odd, or much like your sterotypical dystopian fiction story, but it is very different in its own way. There is much beauty in the way it is written, and in the way Jonas himself is presented. The book is written in a third person narrative, but you very much experience the story from his perspective, which is exactly what is needed for a story of this kind. He as a character is polite and kind- he has only ever known the characteristics and traits expected of people in his world- if you make a mistake or inconvenience another in any way, you are expected to apologise, and then in return the other must say they accept your apology. If you are ill, you must seek out pills that will take away your pain. As you grow older, your future job is chosen for you, as are your future spouse, if you request one, and your children, one boy and one girl. It is a world that Jonas is very much grateful to live in, but when he is selected to be the new Receiver, he discovers dark secrets that hide under the surface. If you do not fit the requirements of this peaceful society, you are released. But with his new responsibility, Jonas comes to find that this is not as positive a thing as he had once thought. When you are released, you die.
Jonas wants to change the way his society lives, and so with the help of the previous receiver, who he comes to know as The Giver, he goes on the run.
It is a beautiful but haunting little book, that will leave your mind reeling for days after reading it. I sincerely recommend it, though I will have to say that it is not for the faint-hearted.
Thanks for reading!