One of the most interesting things about The Giver is that for at least half of the book, a reader could classify it as a utopian rather than a dystopian. Jonas lives in what seems to be a perfect society. Everyone is super polite and has their own individual place in society based on what the Elders think they would be suited for. Couples (who were placed together) have two children, one boy and one girl. When you first start reading, it seems different than what we’re used to in today’s society, but not necessarily bad. Once Jonas starts getting his memories from the receiver though, and you realize that their lives are based upon “Sameness” your thinking might start to change. I would never want to live in a world without color or music, no thank you!
The further into this book that I read, the more frustrated I got. This whole community has sacrificed so many amazing memories just because they wanted to live peacefully. I get that. I get not wanting people to go hungry or dying in war. Still though, all I could think about was how generations upon generations of these people aren’t fully living. The fact that no one gets to experience love is enough for me to never want to be a part of a society like that, no matter how peaceful and safe it is. Overall, I am glad I finally got around to reading this. I would recommend this to boy or girl, probably ages 12 and up.