Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Giver: my thoughts after reading it

After reading The Hunger Games , while waiting to read Catching Fire , I read The Giver by Lois Lowry.  I wasn't sure what I was going think about it.  Like I mentioned {here} when I started the book, some friends raved about it, while one friend thoroughly hated the whole series and swore I would too.  

I was pleasantly surprised.  Lowry's storytelling skills are so perfectly paced and methodically timed.  With a delicate blend of intensity, curiosity and care, she leads you down the path of her plot.  The ending was hopeful, crescendo-ing almost like the end of a symphony.  I wanted more from the ending in some ways.  But, if I'm honest, I feel like that after most books I read.  The ones I love.  If you love a story and have fallen in love with the people, the ending is never enough, is it?  I always want more resolution.  That being said, I am in awe of any author or story that can leave me with new wonder for life.  For sound.  For music.  For family.  For the elderly.  For the sleepless first year of a baby's life.  For the messiness of decisions.  For the color all around me.  As soon as I finished it, I almost wanted to reread it right away.  Which leads me to my next literary dilemma:  Should I read the companion book, Gathering Blue ?

Many people hate this one and are very vocal about it.  Others thought it was mediocre and tainted their love for The Giver.  My motivation would be to eventually read the third book, Messenger .  From what I've read, it ties the two books together.  Correct me if that isn't true.  I want to know more about Jonas and Gabe.  Please chime in here, without giving away any plot clues if possible...I like to go into my books as blindly as possible.  Will I like Gathering Blue?  Is it worthwhile even if it's just a stop along the way to read Messenger ?  Or should I stop with The Giver and call it a day?  


  1. Shelley, I think you will like Gathering Blue. It is artistic and magical, though dark at times. Wasn't your favorite Jane Austin book, Northager Abbey? The dark one? It's really cool to compare the two communities of The Giver and Gathering Blue!

    1. Hi Christy! Good, I'm glad you think I'll like it. I really do want to read it. The general consensus via Pinterest and Facebook is that most people liked it. Most not as much as the Giver. One person liked it more. So now I'm feeling better about picking it up...once I finish Mockingjay! (I'm so stressed out reading this one!)


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