Thursday, July 10, 2014

This Book Room: the Giver series

Jason and I just recently, within the last year or so, discovered that one of our favorite books, the Giver, is actually part of a series. Who knew?! We both added the Giver to our Reading Contentment Challenge this year with the thought that we would then finish the series.

It didn't take us long to blast through the series as it was engaging, real and heart-wrenching. I've been recommending this book and the series to everyone lately, so I hope someone here listens and heeds my advice on this: the series is a must-read. If you liked the Hunger Games, you will like the Giver series.

I've read other reviews for the last book, Son, and I was disappointed in that many reviewers didn't seem to like how the book ended. I can agree that I want to know more, but that doesn't mean the series didn't end in a satisfying way. It completely did. I just wanted to know more because I loved the characters.

The series makes for great summer reading and the first three books are relatively short. It only took us each a day to finish each of the first three books. Jason took a few days to read the fourth and it took me about a week, due to time constraint. I think the series would be great for a parent and a teen to read together and discuss.

Jonas' world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

In her strongest work to date, Lois Lowry once again creates a mysterious but plausible future world. It is a society ruled by savagery and deceit that shuns and discards the weak. Left orphaned and physically flawed, young Kira faces a frightening, uncertain future. Blessed with an almost magical talent that keeps her alive, she struggles with ever broadening responsibilities in her quest for truth, discovering things that will change her life forever.

Matty has lived in Village and flourished under the guidance of Seer, a blind man known for his special sight. Village once welcomed newcomers, but something sinister has seeped into Village and the people have voted to close it to outsiders. Matty has been invaluable as a messenger. Now he must risk everything to make one last journey through the treacherous forest with his only weapon, a power he unexpectedly discovers within himself.

They called her Water Claire. When she washed up on their shore, no one knew that she came from a society where emotions and colors didn’t exist. That she had become a Vessel at age thirteen. That she had carried a Product at age fourteen. That it had been stolen from her body. Claire had a son. But what became of him she never knew. What was his name? Was he even alive? She was supposed to forget him, but that was impossible. Now Claire will stop at nothing to find her child, even if it means making an unimaginable sacrifice.

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