Review #181

Hey readers! I’m having some fun writing discussion questions on books I read years ago. If you’d like to read my usual reviews check out the other page of my blog.

Title- The Giver

Author- Lois Lowry

Rating– 4/5


In Lois Lowry’s Newbery Medal–winning classic, twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind his fragile community.

The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. Lois Lowry has written three companion novels to The Giver, including Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.


“For the first time, he heard something that he knew to be music. He heard people singing. Behind him, across vast distances of space and time, from the place he had left, he thought he heard music too. But perhaps, it was only an echo.”

Discussion Questions:

  1. Does blood relation make a family?
  2. Do you love those that are blood related more than those who aren’t?
  3. How would you feel about a “sameness” society where all the factors are controlled?
  4. What are your views of the death penalty in current day?
  5. How do memories factor into our present day and future?
  6. There are groups in the United States today that actively seek to maintain an identity outside the mainstream culture: the Amish, the Mennonites, Native American tribes and the Hasidic Jewish community. What benefits do these groups expect from defining themselves as “other”? What are the disadvantages? How does the mainstream culture put pressure on such groups?
  7. How does our culture define members of our society over a certain “age?”

Published by CassieSwindon

Fiction author

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