“He remembered that
upon waking, he had wanted to feel the Stirrings again.”
Relinquishing all your feelings to a society under complete control with no concept of what they are missing makes for an intriguing premise. When first the reader is introduced to Jonas, life seems perfect yet sterile and as the Receiver learns the true state of things from the Giver, so our journey of discovery casts light on the insidious nature of perfect control and blind faith.
The world Jonas lives in has relegated war and suffering to the deep dark recesses of forgotten memory, yet someone has to bear those memories and that someone is the Giver, who will pass them on to the Receiver.
I started off a little disinterested in this novel, having done young adult dystopia to death of late, but it slowly grew on me until I understood why this is regarded so highly by so many readers. There is something beautiful and dark in the telling and it is destined to draw you in.
I'm not sure how this will translate to a film adaptation and frankly, having read it, I'm not too optimistic about the upcoming release. When you think about the way the word release is used in the novel, it makes even more sense.
5 out of 5 clever kids question everything.