The Giver by Lois Lowry wasn’t what I expected, honestly. I was expecting something like The Odyssey – a good story, sure, but not really relevant to real life, and hard to understand without a handy translation. Instead, I got an awesome story that makes you think about what really matters in life – all through the eyes of a twelve-year-old boy. The characters are well-developed, and the writing is descriptive enough that you can easily see what’s going on, but not too detailed – that would take away from the aura of mystery and tension. It’s balanced very nicely. So, all in all, an excellent read for middle-schoolers on up.
One of the things my mom likes to do is pick out books that will “expand my horizons”. These horizon-expanding books vary from classics (The Odyssey) to nonfiction (not my cup of tea, thanks) newer realistic or historical fiction books (The Disappeared). And one of these books was The Giver, by Lois Lowry. And, as usual, my mom was right. The Giver definitely expanded my horizons. In fact, The Giver will be my first review.