Book Reviews

So many books (you know the rest)

The Giver
by Lois Lowry
Published in 1993 (I finished it on August 10, 2014)

Okay, maybe it’s a YA book if that, but it’s worth reading for simple (and I don’t mean that in a belittling way) entertainment. The writing may be a little too didactic in its presentation of why this particular “utopia” won’t work, though it’s interesting in that it’s not bad in all ways as some aspects of society are improved. As well, if subversive tones are buried too far under the surface, most will end up missing the issues at hand.

After reading it (due to a friend’s recommendation), I can see where some modern books are stealing their ideas from—albeit, they are universal themes, stemming from Sir Thomas More’s “Utopia” and most likely before that.

If nothing else, it does offer teachers a good deal to discuss with their students.