I just finished reading “The Giver” by Lois Lowry. This is a book about Jonas, who lives where there is no fear…there is no pain…there are no colors…and individuals do not have agency. I first read this book in Middle School, but until reading it again, I had forgotten all of its contents.
Many say that this is not an appropriate book for children, but I disagree. In this world, we have agency. We have the ability to choose right from wrong. Many people take advantage of this and don’t realize how much of a blessing it is to be able to choose what we want. In this book, agency is taken away and everything is the same. Children need to understand what it’s like to have their agency taken away so that they may fully appreciate it.
Although this book is suitable for children, I believe it also sends a good message to adults. After reading this book I feel very grateful for the things that I have and the things that I can do. We all need to step outside of this world sometimes to realize how good we have it.
I believe that this is a great book for people of all ages and even though the ending leaves a little to be desired, it is a great book to spur discussion and thoughts about ourselves and how we live. It is an easy read and I would highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. I give it a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.