I was at one of my best friend's house talking about books. (hhmm imagine that!) She pulled out The Giver and asked me if I'd read it. I had heard of it and that for some people it was a required reading for school. I groaned and told her that I had not read it. She then gave it to me and told me that I must read it, that it was good. Obediently, I took the book and put it at the bottom of my TBR pile. Needless to say, I wasn't too eager to read a book that was required reading for some. Finally, I picked it up, especially since it's not very long at 179 pages, and discovered that it is AMAZING! I really should have picked it up sooner.
This book is brilliant from beginning to end! For such a short, quick read it raises a lot of thought provoking questions. I know I'm guilty, as are most people, of taking my life for granted, wishing that things were more like Jonas' world. There positives and negatives to every situation. Nothing is perfect even if you are ignorant to the negatives. In the society described in the book, things seems perfect on the surface but when you learn the truth you understand how sad it all is. There may not be any war but they know nothing of true love and the freedom to live as you like, choose your own mate, and things as simple as colors, snow, nature, and sunshine. As Jonas slowly is able to understand these things and more including pain, he grows as a person and wants to help others see but that is forbidden. This book has given me a new sense of appreciation for being able to live my life the way I want and being allowed to make my own choices.
The ending did not disappoint and it is left open. Normally open-ended ending irritate me but this time I was glad for it. It gave me a sense of hope and optimism about Jonas' future. I highly recommend this book to people of all ages and walks of life. I didn't think I would like this book at all but I was thoroughly surprised. It's an easy and quick read that won't leave you disappointed.