This a nice short read and one of those books that I wasn’t aware of until I heard it was becoming a movie. I know a lot of people read this in high school but I never did. Missed that boat with the same one that had Ender’s Game in it.

Anyway, this is a very interesting book that portrays a dystopia/utopia world where everything seems nice and perfect but it’s not. There’s a lot of other books and movies that follow the same trope, but The Giver came along before most of them.

I am amazed by how much is packed into 179 pages. It’s a great example of using words wisely when telling a story.

My only gripe is the ending. It’s horribly depressing, like most books you’re forced to read in high school. Or really, like most books that win awards that allow them to put pretty gold stickers on the covers of books. Why is that? What kind of people give out these awards that only the most depressing novels make the grade?

Don’t people realize that’s why teenagers hate reading? Because you forced them to read really depressing stuff. Seriously y’all.

But anyway, The Giver is a really well written and solid book. Of course, judging by the movie trailers, the book and movie are only going to share the same title. I feel sorry for the people who are going to see the movie and then read the book, it’s going to feel like a bait and switch I’m sure.

So what are you reading this weekend? Tell me in the comments below! Thanks for reading and Happy Halloween!


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