The time has come again!! YA Highway has posted their question of the week!
By de-ice11 at deviant art
This weeks topic: What was the best book you read in March?
I re-read Lois Lowry’s the Giver this month (I had to–the waiting for YOU KNOW WHAT WAS KILLING ME!). With all the hype surrounding The Hunger Games, I couldn’t help but reminisce about my favorite childhood book (and also one of the first books within the dystopian genre that was geared towards children.
Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back. (from goodreads.com)
I remember the first time I read this book. It both thrilled me and creeped me out. Unlike my fairytales (yes…I lived in a tutu and thought I was Ariel well into tweenhood), the world Jonas lived in seemed like mine–but wasn’t. Something was wrong with it. It was topsy turvy. Something was twitching at the wrong pace. This both thrilled me and agitated me. It was an itch I could not scratch. His world was being controlled. It was dark. Questions I had never asked popped up while reading. I was young but I knew I was supposed to learn something from this book–I was supposed to pay attention. I could not put it down.
Years later…the same thing happens. Even in 2012, with the literary world inundated with YA dystopias (some that I love, some that I hate), Jonas and the Giver still stand up to newer and scarier worlds. Their world without colors, feelings, touch, choice, humanity: their world without love continues to remind me that a world without L.O.V.E.– in all its forms– is no world at all. Lowry doesn’t need a supermodel love triangle, sparkley vampires, or a convoluted virus– she just needed a little boy longing to understand the human condition of having and wanting to be loved.
on a side note: this book is being made into a movie! OF COURSE MY HORSE!
Jeff Bridges as the GIVER!
For more info: MOVIE INFO HERE!