Lately, I’ve found a liking for utopian/dystopian novels (thanks to The Hunger Games series). So, when I included The Giver by Lois Lowry, (which I thought was a standalone novel and later discovered was part of a series), as part of this month’s reading list, I was quite excited. And for good reason. This book felt unlike any other utopian/dystopian novel that I have read till now.
It did not have this grand plan or plot that gets made in the first 100 pages to overthrow the existing government/ruling body. It did not have a goal which the protagonist and other characters were working to achieve. It did not show a utopian society that seemed to have a problem that needed solving in the first few pages.
It’s different. It’s a story about a young boy Jonas, his friend Asher, and the Giver. It’s a narration of how life in a utopian society that seemingly has everything figured out, can play out if you are Jonas. It’s only towards the end that the story takes an interesting turn. Till then, you can sift through the pages and enjoy the unusual lives led by people in Jonas’ society. The plot is strong, the characters, even stronger, and the narration the strongest.
Once the twist started, I really wondered how the story was going to end (sorry, I can’t delve more into even the smallest bit of this twist because it could become a spoiler). Imagine my horror when I reached the end of the book and realized that I had been left hanging with nowhere to go (all of this was just before I discovered that the book has 4 parts to it).
After a little bit of research, I have found that the book is part of what Wikipedia calls “a loose quartet”. It gives me the impression that the first book has ended where it had to, and that a new story will start in the next book. I’m a little worried that I won’t have much of a closure for this story. I will find out when I get my hands on all the remaining books in this series. Till then, fingers crossed.
Want to know my thoughts on The Divergent series? Read here.