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The Giver is a book by Lois Lowry that tells the story of Jonas, a boy who lives in a very structured society where everyone has a role. He will soon discover what his role is meant to be, and it will change his life.

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  • Christine Hansen
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "In "The Giver" you learn about the importance of what one individual can do. Jonas, a boy brought up in a shut-in community is determined to break free. We follow the struggle and what he overcomes in his great escape."
  • Philip Wade
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "If you let the fact that this is a children's series stop you from reading it, you will have made one of the greatest mistakes of your life. This quartet is and probably always will be my #1 go-to recommendation to anyone who asks me what they should read next. Most people have heard of The Giver, but few know that there are four books. They are all just as good (if not better?) than the first."
    Susan Rose
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "If you let the fact that this is a children's series stop you from reading it, you will have made one of the greatest mistakes of your life. This quartet is and probably always will be my #1 go-to recommendation to anyone who asks me what they should read next. Most people have heard of The Giver, but few know that there are four books. They are all just as good (if not better?) than the first."
  • Danielle Mills
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Nice book to enjoy!"
  • Xu Wang
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This book is one of the most thought provoking young reader books out there. I bought it for my 12 year old, but I enjoyed it too. Lois Lowry gives Brave New World a run for its money here."
  • Joyce Barnes
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "tHIS BOOK SOUNDS LIKE IT WOULD HAVE A GOOD HIDDEN MESSAGE. i HAVE HEARD ALOT OF GOOD THINGS ABOUT THE GIVER SO i THINK THIS WOULD BE A GREAT SOLUTION."
  • Amber Miller
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "It is a good read for teenage kids. I like the idea of this book trying to bring out the individualism in kid and trying to be controlled by the community and the boys thought of seeing and knowing what the world would be like outside his very own community."
  • Rose Simmons
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "My daughter brought this home from school to read for her class, and naturally, I insisted on reading it first to find out if there were any suggestive themes or inappropriate language inside. After finishing it I have to say it sounds like a description of paradise! Who wouldn't want to live in that society? Great story."
  • Beverly King
    Written on February 19, 2018
    "I'm a middle school student and wanted a new book to read. I found The Giver, which is a must-read book for middle school students. It's by Lois Lowry and tells the tale of Jonas. Jonas lives in a structured society where everyone is given a role (thus, the title, The Giver). The role he is given changes his life. I don't want to spoil anything for people who haven't read it, but this book is an amazing read. Check it out if you love to read and want a very immersive and fascinating story."
  • Anna Bates
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This book is the best representation of this category because of both science fiction and philosophy being in this book all through it. The story goes into morality and the main character has a big issue with it. This book is set in the future and I would personally recommend it."
  • Carl Ryan
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Who has anything bad to say about this classic? It was a required reading when we were all younger and for good reason. It's a powerful, captivating story that teaches valuable lessons. I read this book to my young daughter because her school has yet to make the students read it and she said it's her favourite book of all time."
    Christian Williamson
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Overview is good. It leaves a cliff hanger at the end of the review, which pique my interest, and would want to see what's the book is about."
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  • Wang Sun
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "The Giver by Lois Lowry is a great book for 10-12 year old kids. Lowry has a way of writing engaging stories for kids without dumbing it down. Kids can tell and do appreciate that. "
  • Bruce Douglas
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I wanted to read a good post-apocalyptic teen fiction novel and came across The Giver. This is a classic and has a great story that kept me entertained. The writing is also quite good. I highly recommend this story to anyone looking for a good post-apocalyptic novel. "
  • Shirley Walker
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This is a great book to read or listen to at any time. Children would even enjoy the story. The story line is different, catches your attention and keeps you going! Great story!"
  • Deborah Reed
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is an excellent book, one of the great dystopian novels. This book was the precursor of books like The Hunger Games and Divergent. It is rather on the short side, and be read in one sitting. I would not put this book at the top of female authors, like Austin or Wharton or Buck, but it is for sure worth a read, especially for those who prefer more modern literature."
    Richard Hall
    Written on April 25, 2018
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  • Roger Powell
    Written on January 28, 2018
    "A very unique take on this type of genre, and one that started many movies which stole the concept from. If you enjoy this type of thing, you need to read this book."
  • Alan Holland
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This is a popular genre of books right now. I enjoy this type very much and this novel didn't disappoint. My wife started reading this book and it was her first time with this type, she also loves it!"
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  • Silvia Saucedo
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I loved this book! Even though it’s recommended for teens, I read it as an adult, and would recommend it to everyone. It is an engaging story that I couldn’t stop reading, and I ended up finishing it in a single day. I enjoyed Lois Lowry’s writing style. This would also make a great book club read, as the themes of government control and enforced conformity make for excellent discussion topics. This book is actually the first in a series, so make sure you have plenty of time to read before starting it. If you’re like me, you’ll likely want to plow through the whole series once you get started! "
  • Samantha King
    Written on January 26, 2018
    "I wanted the best young adult dystopian novels. I found the Giver, about a futuristic society. Great story, and a great book for a young adult."
  • Marco Antonio Santillán
    Written on February 19, 2018
    "The Giver is a great book to read before college. It's about a dystopian society and it will make you feel better about the world we live in. "
  • Nancy Bennett
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The Giver is a sweet and impactful story by Lois Lowry. This book is a classic that can be enjoyed today. Jonas is a boy who learns his role in a very structured society and we see the changes this brings to his life. This is a great book for a birthday or even a graduate. "
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  • Anthony Weber
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "The Giver is one of my favorite books that we read in middle school. The structure of this society is very frightening. I remember imaging how it must have been to live and serve in this place. A very interesting book and thought provoking."
  • Aaron Jones
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "The Giver is one of the best novels featuring protagonists with superpowers. The story is so interesting, it was hard for me to put it down once I started. "
  • Lidia Núñez
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I purchased the book The Giver by Lois Lowry for my son. My son is in the eighth grade and this book is a requirement. After he started to read the book it did not seem to take him very long to get through the book. He said for the most part that this book was an easy read for him. I was worried about that part since he is Dyslectic and sometimes books are hard to read. He said he felt that is easy to understand and easy to follow along. I love the fact that he did not struggle with this book. "
  • Frances Walters
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "It is one of the best coming of sage book ever written. It applies to today's and the future way of thinking for many. This explores if every one is the same with no feelings, this is what the Utopia looks like when everyone is the dame until Jonas is rewarded with the ability to feel feelings. A wonderful story through and through"
  • Lauren Little
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Even though this is a childrens novel it truly is a amazing read. It is written exceptionally and you will not be disappointed. One of the best books i have ever read!"
  • Louis Flores
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "good"
  • Keith Black
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Many customers who have bought this book in the past have enjoyed the story in this book. I found myself often losing track of time due to the story, it is very captivating and interesting to read. I would highly recommend this to friends and family members who enjoy reading different books."
  • Graciela Murillo
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "The Giver is without a doubt one of favorite books of all time. I read it when I was 11 and recently re-read it now at 32. It really opened my imagination as a reader and to science fiction. Even if you detest science fiction you will love The Giver. "
  • Hannah May
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "A very thought provoking book that everyone should read"
  • Gregory Ford
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This is a must read. I read it in school and thought it was really well done. If you like dystopian fiction you need to check this out. "
  • David Huerta
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "My sister Teresa read this book. She raved about it. Then she reread it *again.* Quite unusual."
  • Hannah Howard
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community."
  • Karen Russell
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "If you love fantasy and sci-fi you will like this book. This book follows a young boy who is trying to find his way in a very strange and strict society. "
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  • Philip Grant
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "A wonderful book about a dystopian future where everything is dictated. What seems to be Utopia turns out to be something else. A great way to teach kids that not everything is what it seems. Adults might even like this story as well."
  • John Watson
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I thought the book was entertaining and I like how it isn't flat out fantasy like but has themes which young adults can relate to in the real world. I like that it somewhat reads like a fallout video game and like how thought out and well paced yet simple it reads."
  • Zachary Stone
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I must admit, I didn't like this book as much as a lot of other people have, but I still think it's pretty good. The dialogue gets a bit corny and the characters fall a bit flat for me every now and then, but the story is still very wrong and there is some really witty prose in here."
  • Tammy Daniels
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "The giver is a good but strange novel, which was also made into a movie a few years ago. This is a sort of coming of age story that follows this young boy Jonas as he matures and realizes his part in the world."
  • Alexander Ramos
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Fantastic book by a great author. The reviews support this. Anyone will enjoy reading this timeless book."
  • Theresa Rivera
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This is a classic that all kids should read. The story is one that has stayed with me over the years. It's one of those timeless novels I can't forget. Very important lessons in it for young people, I think."
  • William Barnett
    Written on February 8, 2018
    "This is a classic in the young adult fiction category, and it kicked off the dystopian future sub-genre. One can see why. The character of Jonas is compelling, and we find it easy to root for him as he begins to see through the illusionary world the rest of the world seems to accept. This book deals with large, important social and philosophical issues through great story-telling and never beats the reader with the themes. A Newberry Medal winner and rightfully so. "
  • Jean Larson
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Great book for the kids."
  • Alexander Smith
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "The Giver is one of the cornerstones of young adult fiction. I use this book in the classroom to help my students explore what it means to be an individual. Lowry's story has fostered some of the most engaging conversations between my students. I believe it is my duty to make sure every young person has access to this book and you should too. "
  • Ruth Walters
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This book is very suitable for teens, reading it is so funny. This books engages readers imagination and shakes their brain and their way of thinking.I am sure this book has quality and is worthy reading it. "
    Emma Phillips
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "The Giver is quite a good book on teen angst. I got it for my son and he really enjoyed it. He said Jonas was a very relate-able character."
  • Sarah Walters
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I think this book would be a solid read but I'm not sure how much a middle schooler would enjoy it to be honest. I think some might like it but some might not so I think this solution is kind of middle of the road."
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  • Phillip Lee
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I was looking for a good emotionally charged book to immerse myself in, and a friend whose opinion I trust recommended 'The Giver' by Lois Lowry. I'd never heard of the writer before, but I was feeling open-minded and I checked it out, and I'm glad I did. I don't want to spoil anything, but if you like book that really make you feel, this is for you."
  • Kenneth Carter
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "If you're young and you're looking for something good to read then The Giver is among the best! I would recommend it to anyone at any age, honestly, its just THAT good! I would definitely give it a shot no matter who you are. You'll love it."
  • Andrea Delgado
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This is an interesting book. The underlying messages are very good, but might be over the head of a child."
  • Dylan Hernandez
    Written on February 17, 2018
    "I have definitely given this book as a gift more than once because of how important its message of the importance of a persons uniqueness can have. It's darkly moody and highly introspective and it doesn't really give any easy answers and that's really amazing when you think about it, compared to modern VA fiction it does not paint everything in black and white. "
  • Sean Hughes
    Written on February 10, 2018
    ""As far as novels that you must read because you are in school and it’s assigned goes, this is probably one of the better ones. I remember when I was in school all the books we had to read were completely boring it truly is a wonder I love reading after the dreck I was exposed to! Jonas world is bleak and boring. Nobody sees color, everyone is taught to be painfully polite as they go about their lives volunteering at various places, discussing their dreams and feelings all the while being totally naïve to the things that they are missing. At least in the Hunger Games, the folks in District Twelve knew they had it bad… the people in Jonas’ community are like the proverbial frogs in the boiling pot. The Giver has provided quite a few topics of discussion for my son and I as I am sure it has provided for his class and I am sure it will continue to provide in the future." - JennlyT (Verified Purchase)"
  • Jonathan Morris
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "The Giver is the classic novel about a dystopian society where citizens are given pills to curb emotions and follow a very strict set of rules. Written by Lois Lowry, the novel is perfect for someone who is looking for female authors. "
  • Muhammad Chavan
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "If you have a teen or pre-teen, and want them to read more, tell them about "The Giver", by Lois Lowry. We want people to show their differences in this world and yet we want everyone to still be the same. This book will really have you reconsidering any thoughts you had about societies/cultures having 'sameness'. "
    Wayne Walters
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Wonderful book for teens to read."
  • Jean Parker
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This book makes me feel so nostalgic! I read it for the first time in middle school, and I think I've read it at least once every two years since then. I don't know if it's the nostalgia that draws me into it or if it's just an really good book. Don't let the movie scare you away from reading this; it didn't do it any justice. I think this is an excellent read for young people who are looking to get into more serious novels. "
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