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The Giver 

by Lois Lowry
02/23/2017 Categories: dystopia ethics movie

The Giver, a well praised and well written book, is about a boy named Jonas who realizes that his world may not be as perfect as it seems. In this supposedly idyllic society, Jonas trains with the giver, or all knower in his town. When he, and only he, is exposed to the knowledge of the past, he realizes that everything that is happening in his once called home. In an effort to protect his loved ones, and live life the way it should be, Jonas realizes that he must successfully escape this fake world and leave behind the wrong world he use to love.

I loved reading The Giver, because it has a lot of deeper meaning and hidden messages underneath the interesting plot. This book has quite a bit of social commentary as well as an interesting plot that will leave you wondering why in the end.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone, because of the well written messages laced in the outstanding plot. If you like books with depth, and interesting stories, I recommend The Giver.

Sara, 14

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Nineteen eighty-four 

by George Orwell
01/28/2017 Categories: dystopia ethics politics

The main character Winston Smith lives in London, Oceania. There is a ruling party known as Big Brother; they watch everyone's actions and they control everything. In this dystopian society, you don't have basic human rights. Winston realized this and started to rebel, first by purchasing a diary on the black market. It was against the law to have freedom of thoughts. People feared what would happen to them if caught, since those that have, disappeared. Throughout the novel, Winston battles against the inhuman society he lives in.

I enjoyed this novel, it was amazing. It deals with a society that is much different than ours. Also, it's quite interesting to witness the extremes one would go to simply enjoy life as a human being.

I would definitely recommend this novel to others. If you like reading how one goes against society's laws to stand up for their beliefs and how twisted a government could be to their people, then this is for you.

Johanna, 16

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The Giver 

by Lois Lowry
03/24/2015 Categories: dystopia emotions & feelings ethics sci fi

The GiverThe Giver is a Newbery Medal winning novel written by the influential children’s and young adult author Lois Lowry. It tells the tale of Jonas, a boy who has lived his life in a world of perfectly crafted monotony, in a community of people who look similar to him, learn the same things as he does, and only know the world in one way- their Community, the small, enclosed city where everyone receives their role and spouse and children. He is chosen, at the age of twelve, to be an apprentice to the man known only as The Receiver- the man chosen to hold all the memories of the past, with all their pain and all of their joy. The Receiver is the one called upon to recall the memories of the past and find the wisest path in the face of a decision, and the current one is growing old and needs an heir to his title. Jonas embarks on a task that completely changes his world- as he starts to receive memories, he starts to experience things like love and colour for the first time. As he learns through tremendous joy and pain, Jonas begins to discover the sickening truths behind his Community- and starts to learn how potent the past can be.

The Giver is one of the most beautiful and moving books I have ever read. It is set in a world profoundly strange to us- there is no colour, no love, and everything is controlled. Everything is alien to our sensibilities, yet Lowry draws her readers into the mind and worldview of Jonas effortlessly. It has a sense of simple grandeur uncommon among the books that typically make it to the top of the Young Adult charts, and its heartbreaking yet ambivalent end sticks in its readers’ minds like a photograph. Jonas is at once a naïve boy and a beacon of hope for the triumph of love and emotion, and the background characters, while understandably bland, still feel real in a way.

Lois Lowry has been called the godmother of YA dystopia, and The Giver is unquestionably a shining example of her skill in telling moving stories about surreal and painful circumstances. Readers of dystopias will love experiencing the genre in its early days and exploring the roots of newer books like Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games trilogy. Regardless of usual taste, The Giver is an important read for all young fiction fans.

Jake, 15

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