Graduation Day by Joelle CharbonneauGraduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau

Graduation Day

byJoelle Charbonneau

Paperback | October 20, 2015

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She wants to put an end to the Testing In a scarred and brutal future, The United Commonwealth teeters on the brink of all-out civil war. The rebel resistance plots against a government that rules with cruelty and cunning. Gifted student and Testing survivor, Cia Vale, vows to fight. But she can't do it alone. This is the chance to lead that Cia has trained for - but who will follow? Plunging through layers of danger and deception, Cia must risk the lives of those she loves - and gamble on the loyalty of her lethal classmates. Who can Cia trust? The stakes are higher than ever-lives of promise cut short or fulfilled; a future ruled by fear or hope - in the electrifying conclusion to Joelle Charbonneau's epic Testing trilogy. Ready or notaǪit's Graduation Day. The Final Test is the Deadliest!
Joelle Charbonneau began telling stories as an opera singer, but these days she finds her voice through writing. She lives near Chicago with her husband and son, and when she isn't writing, she works as an acting and vocal coach. Visit Joelle at , on Twitter at @jcharbonneau, and on Instagram at@joellejcharbonnea...
Title:Graduation DayFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.83 inPublished:October 20, 2015Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0544541200

ISBN - 13:9780544541207


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good overall the book had an amazing story and an amazing plot which can lead others to want to read others books written by this mazing author
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique and a Favourite! I read this book for the first time in elementary school and was blown away by the dystopian storyline. I have reread it a couple times in adulthood and love it just the same! I will be keeping this for my own kids. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very well done I can see why this book is considered a must read by the literary community. I thoroughly enjoyed this book but how it is left off in such a cliff hanger is frustrating. Jonas' story is so fascinating and the choices he makes at the end of this book are so powerful that I think all kids should read this book at some point in their childhood.
Date published: 2018-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great :) Wonderful series, could read it again and again! Ms. Charbonneau is brilliant.
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love, love, love this book!! Read this as a novel study in school, it's amazing! Would definitely recommend it.
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book that makes you think Imagine a world that was all the same, and you had no choices or decisions to make, everything was chosen for you. A world with no color, no music and no animals. Your spouse, job and children are all chosen for you. This book really made me stop and think deep, I took more notice of all the colors around me. This book will impact you in so many ways. A true classic and I highly recommend everyone read it.
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was ok I really enjoyed the series, but this book was dragged out and a bit cliche
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good This was a very easy read but enjoyable. It follows a sort of post-apocalyptic society where choice is not freely given to it's citizens and it's a very interesting concept. Great read
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorites! Loved this book! Fantastic writing and story-line!
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Story and Concept A unique plot that gives the reader much to think about and self-reflect on. Some areas felt a tad bland for my liking, but overall was a book that had me eager to read.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BRILLIANT awesome book! highly recommend!!
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked it! A simple but interesting and thought-provoking story.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from giver remember reading this in school and even liking it then
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good read but not for me I found the premise of this book to be really interesting. A social media site that gives users what they think they need in exchange for a small task? Sign me up! Actually, don't. There has to be a catch; this sounds way too easy. I was really interested to see how things escalated and it definitely did not disappoint. Things got really exhilarating very quickly and it definitely took a turn that even I hadn't anticipated. The end however felt a little rushed to me so I wasn't fully satisfied at the end. Also, the absolute last part drove me nuts (in a not so good way). I wish I could say more but I don't want anything spoiled. It was a good read and I think many would love it, it just wasn't quite a heart-eyes read for me.
Date published: 2016-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Bought this book for my Hunger Games obsessed 12 year old daughter hoping that she would enjoy it, she LOVED it! She couldn't put it down and was guessing for most of the book on who the mystery person was. Would highly recommend it!
Date published: 2016-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good series Enjoyed this series alot. Would love to follow more of the story of the future. Maybe a few years later.
Date published: 2015-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Incredible Story This story takes place in the futuristic world and in a very different society than ours today. It is about a boy named Jonas and his life. The thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat and will make you keep on reading. I thought I wouldn't like this book, knowing the type of genre, but I loved it! If you like Divergent and The Hunger Games, than I highly recommend this book. The Giver tells you to be thankful for what you have and teaches some great lesson. Without this book I would not be the person I am today.
Date published: 2015-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A real page turner! A short book that really held my attention. Quite the cliff hanger ending, I also found it to be much better then the movie.
Date published: 2015-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm absolutely in love with this series! The Testing was an amazing book and this series keeps getting better and better with Independent study! Reminds me slightly of Catching Fire & Mockingjay but I would say that it puts the entire Hunger Games trilogy to shame thats how great it is!
Date published: 2015-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH It was a very good story and is not traditional heroine cookie cut like character. It is unique and straight to the story.
Date published: 2015-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tremendous! SPOILER ALERT! We were doing this as a project for something called Book club. Some good stuff im telling you. Anyways I found this book absolutely astonishing! I enjoyed it when Jonas was receiving those memories. Like it gave me that one feeling where you're re-experiencing every little thing in your life it makes you have that one feeling of trust and love! it's absolutely amazing! BUT the reason why it got a four was because of the ending it was disappointing. But i guess thats why this book has a sequal right? :) Anyways this book was a awesome read! glad that my class got to read it! well I hope this review helped you out. have a good day!
Date published: 2015-02-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Almost, just okay... You might guess from the title of my review that I'm not a big fan of this series. You are correct. While the premise is interesting and the characters likeable, this trilogy suffers from 'stretchitus' (the mistake of over-writing to the point where I just wanted to reach the end... please!). This could have been a really good 1-book story. A pretty good 2-booker. But a 3-booker? Not so much.
Date published: 2015-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Giver and The Receiver and the all Your world is perfect and it is all you know. Disruptions are minimal and dealt with swiftly. All is as it was. And for eleven year old, about to turn twelve Jonas, you will find out all life is wrong. That is the best, non-spoilery, way I could think of to very swiftly describe The Giver. This award winning YA novel by Lois Lowry is considered a modern classic, having come out in 1993, and is frequently challenged by small minded censors. They probably recognize themselves in The Giver. And not in a good way. ?Fun doesn?t end when you become Twelve.? But back to Jonas and his all. When we start out, Jonas is telling us of some disquiet that happened one day and how his society remedies it. This opens the window for us to see how this society works, his family functions, and the happiness all enjoy. All the structures and rules and firm politeness is part of the glue which makes everything feel oh so perfect. Inside the home, society gently makes the family all get along and be loving and supportive and kind. Any and all bad things that could possibly happen, or have happened, are sanitized with words and actions no one really truly understands. ?Thank you for your childhood.? As Jonas approaches his Twelfth birthday, we see he has come of age for his career to be chosen for him. And this is where we, and Jonas, begin the unraveling of all that is. For Jonas becomes the Receiver of Memory. Learning about the world from The Giver. Cue chaos. It is obvious for any reader that the utopia presented in the first third of The Giver is not quite right. Hints and dangly loose threads of life show us that many many things are wrong here. By the halfway point, the clear picture of how truly horrible this dystopia is becomes clear, even to Jonas who is only now waking up. ?I accept your apology.? With all the revelations, breakthroughs, plans, and deep thoughts that rolls on as The Giver progresses, the concepts of what is a good society is debated. The Giver and The Receiver will make you question the roles of emotions in who and what we are, plus how our actions because of feelings can affect the greater society around us. As these issues are fleshed out, we also see Jonas learning of how the efficiencies that have always been part of the fabric of all he knows make everything fun so very very very smoothly, but at the cost of imagination, fun, and a sense of history. So much of this culminates towards the conclusion with a subplot exploding that I never expected to explode. And crystalizes the massive differences of Jonas from the start to the Jonas at the end. Which also illustrates how the wrongness of this society can be fixed by a simple kindness by a child. ?Call me The Giver.? The Giver is rich in thought and textures of emotions. Lois Lowry also provides dialogue and sentences that perfectly sum up so much in so little. Her accomplishment in making Jonas and this world ring true will cause an immediate urge to seek out the loose sequels Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son. One of these deals with the ambiguous final pages of The Giver. My optimism leads me to think happy thoughts. Ones I know The Giver and Receiver would be find pleasing.
Date published: 2014-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I wish I had read this sooner! I never got to read this book in grade eight like some of my school mates. We were all divided into small groups and each group got their own book to read together. The Giver by Lois Lowry was one of those books, but unfortunately it was not mine. I've wanted to read it ever since, and seeing the trailer for the soon-to-be movie prompted me to finally read it. I finished it this morning, and I can honestly say I loved and wish that I could have read it when I was younger. Would I have understood the deeper meaning? Probably not at first, but I would have loved to have been a part of that classroom discussion. As much as I wish I had read it when I was younger, I am also glad I read for the first time as a 22 year old adult. I think I have a better understanding of some of the themes and I am definitely mature enough for some of the more "disturbing" themes. Had I read it as a 12 year old, I'm not sure if it would have turned me off or not. All in all, this book is definitely worth a read. It's a quick read that won't take long at all, but does require you to think. I am looking forward to the movie!
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What happens? I don't like the unanswered questions at the end of the book.
Date published: 2014-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read Bought it not really knowing what to expect and it was an amazing book. I keep seeing reviews that say it didnt give enough detail and say thats rubbish. It left some things to the imagination but thats what books are supposed to do! Overall 4/5 for the ending just sortof... well... ending so quickly
Date published: 2014-07-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Badly written and disturbing I read this book for school and it was very boring at first then it got exiting , but not in a good way . The book was not really detailed that well and it was disturbing , there is a part in the book where a baby did not weigh enough so they executed the baby by stabbing a needle through its head , that is just overly cruel. Want a good dystopian society novel read divergent and maze runner.
Date published: 2014-06-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good I really liked this book with many twist and surprises. The only thing I didn't like was that Cia always knew what to do because of past experience.
Date published: 2014-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The testing trilogy Good book. Wish it was longer.
Date published: 2014-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The testing trilogy 'Independent Study', the sequel to 'The Testing' does NOT Disappoint. Joelle Charbonneau has done a masterful job of writing a book that carries with it the same tone, intrigue and emotion that she brought us with 'The Testing'. The second book or sequel (whether part of a Trilogy or Series) is the true test of the Writer's Talent. As Readers, our attention has been caught and our expectations set with the first book. With Trilogy and Series Books gaining popularity against stand alone Novels, Artists-Writers face different challenges in bringing us their Sequels. Charbonneau has surpassed my expectations with her delivery of 'Independent Study'. The storyline in a continuance and not a repetition, yet care was taken to wrap up or incorporate any loose ends from 'The Testing' into this continuance. It will keep you on the edge of your seat and wanting to turn the pages faster and faster to know what will happen. The Mark of a True Artist: It seems that in every Sequel there are spatterings throughout re-telling the foundations of the initial Story. If done too often and delivered superficially, it can become an annoyance to readers who have read the Initial Novel. This is where Charbonneau has truly differentiated herself from her peers. She has created the story in a way that actually requires her to re-tell the earlier foundations based on the storyline. At no time do you feel like she is giving you a re-cap from the previous Novel. I am a Huge fan of the The Twilight Saga series and The Hunger Games series, yet I would say that both Authors could take some notes from Charbonneau at the way that she has Masterfully pulled her first Novels' Foundations into its Sequel. The only additional things to add are that I wish they were longer and that I can't believe I have to wait until late summer to find out what happens next.
Date published: 2014-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Super good read
Date published: 2014-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book I though the book was well written and I enjoyed the book, but at some parts of the book it does not give enough detail to fully develop ideas.
Date published: 2014-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A real page turner! Amazing book for all ages. All young children should read this classic as it allows us to appreciate life.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A real page turner! Great book, very well written. I read this in elementary school and then again recently. It's the first of a quartet.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome An enjoyable read for someone that likes YA dystopion fantasy-fiction - one of my favorite genres. I read an ARC of this title immediately after finishing The Testing (first book in the series) so the flow from book 1 to book 2 was seamless. I enjoyed the continuation of the story and can hardly wait for the release of book 3, Graduation Day in June.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not as good as the first Good but to short
Date published: 2014-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent A very good book they really should make this a movie.
Date published: 2013-11-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Boring read This book was extremely boring in my opinion. I found it very slow through out the whole book and I found that there wasn't much of a plot to it either.
Date published: 2013-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good, I just wasn't crazy about the ending. Jonas is about to have his Twelve Ceremony. He is unsure what job will be assigned to him. Hes life is pretty much the same as everyone else's at this point. He has two parents, who he was given to, and a younger sibling, Lily, who was also assigned to his parents to raise. After he is assigned a job at the Ceremony, he will be required to train for it. What Jonas is assigned was completely unexpected... This was really good, and it read fast (as well as me wanting to keep reading to know what happens next). A slight disappointment for me, though, was the abrupt ending.
Date published: 2013-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BRILLIANT!!!!! Mini Book Review: I am at a loss for words to express the brilliance of this work of literary art. Such a simple yet complex story that you could spend hours discussing. The story has stayed with me all day and I cannot wait to talk with my book pals about it. Also have a feeling Chapters Shawnessy will have a spike in sales on this one as I will be expressing to customers my mad love for this. Reminded me a little of Brave New World and Logans Run with the same vibe of a supposed Utopian society that seems idealistic with no prejudice or violence yet a world so horrifying to me as there is no passion, love or freedom of choice (And don't get me started about a world where people have limited access to books). Jonas is such a unique and richly developed character that you come to love and feel for. The world Lowry has created is fascinating and you can see how it could develop. Perfection in 179 pages. My 11 yr old and I are just finishing up The Boy with the Striped Pajama's and this will be our next read out loud book. I cannot wait to hear what he thinks. Oh yeah now have the song Freewill by Rush stuck in my head -- read the book you will understand. Ok peeps if you haven't read this book yet, get thee to a book store immediately and pick up a copy (or a Library if funds or shelf space is an issue) I know this review is kinda rambling but I don't want to give away anything, I truly want you to experience this book as I did. FYI I am kicking myself right now that I met Lois at BEA last year and knew nothing of this spectacular book. Lois I want to go back in time and thank you for writing this lovely book. Guess I will be picking up my copy of Son tomorrow -- sorry kids mommy might be busy tomorrow. 5+ Dewey's I purchased this from Chapters Shawnessy and did not have to review it, I just loved it so much I had to tell you all about it
Date published: 2013-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Utterly Unique To compensate for a world overcome by selfishness, crime and poverty, one society trades its freedom for totalitarianism, allowing only one person to hold the memories of the actions and emotions that nearly destroyed them. When Jonah is chosen to assume this role, he learns that their sheltered life has stolen their humanity. Great story that gives you a renewed appreciation of life.
Date published: 2013-02-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very interesting author So the begging of this book was going very slow for me and the things, I mean, it's hard to believe how the wrtitter imagined this hole story. It was just so odd. ``I took of my shirt and he put his hands on me`` Excuse me, but not the best thing to say or not the best thing to do to put this book into the section of younger children. Anyways, when the boy left the society, that`s where all the action happens, where the book just bilds up so much exitment in the reader and then POOF. The end. The hole book is just done while the action is happening. It just bilds you up and then, in the end, you are like what. the. hell. Conclusion, the ending was some-what interesting meaning, to see how an author just lets the reader make up his/hers ending.
Date published: 2013-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from caution recommended Jonas, an eleven-almost-twelve-year-old boy lives in the Community with his father, mother, and younger sister Lily. It is a planned utopian society governed by Sameness, with no war, fear, or pain, but also no choices. The weather is perfectly controlled, no hills exist, no live animals are seen, and there is even no color or music. At age twelve, all people are assigned their roles in the community. The old, young children who do not thrive, and even those who rebel are “released.” Jonas is singled out to receive special training from the Receiver, who alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life and now becomes “the Giver,” so that Jonas can be trained as the new Receiver. Jonas’s father is a nurturer and the family has been caring for a newborn named Gabriel who is not thriving, so the decision is eventually made that the infant will be released. Now that he has received the truth, how will Jonas react when he learns what it really means to be released? And what will he do? The Giver is well-written and quite interesting to read. However, to be truthful, I really did not care for it. And I think that my reaction basically involves the issue of age-appropriateness. The book is said to be written on an age nine to eleven reading level and is usually listed as being for age twelve and above, so it was apparently aimed at middle-grade students. However, I noticed that the Random House edition which I read is found in their “Teens” section, and others have recommended it basically for upper grades. There may be some value in the book for high school students to consider the consequences of a controlled society where people give up freedom for safety. However, there are certain aspects of the story—the infanticide, the euthanasia, and some rather oblique sexual references—which I think are just too heavy and thus are not appropriate for younger readers. Also, the ending is rather odd. Whether it is happy or not I guess all depends on the eye of the beholder. Is The Giver a horrific book? Not necessarily, although it has some things horrible to contemplate in it. Is it a useful book? Perhaps, under certain circumstances. Is it a good book? Each person will have to make up his or her own mind on that question. I do agree with the assessment that it is “For mature audiences, as there is an episode of euthanasia. The story questions values we take for granted. Caution, and probably pre-reading recommended.” There are three “companion” novels--Gathering Blue, Messenger, and now Son.
Date published: 2012-11-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Eh.... I didn't fin this book all that good and it didn't really catch my attention vary well. There were some parts of the book that I found good, sad and upsetting, and just plain boring. I think that the book could have used something to help me understand more of what the main poin of the book or what the author was trying to tell me. I didn't find it that good and I think that it was more of a book about dispare and sadness then happyness. I got really confused near the end of the book and I think that the author could have explained what was going on there a little bit better. This book needed something to spaz it up a little more because Truly When I first started to read this book I didn't want to read it at all. I still didn't want to read it when I got almost to the end. It was ok and I don't think that It was really my book.
Date published: 2012-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! For anyone with a love for dystopian literature, this is a must read. I first read this book in middle school. It gave me chills then, and it still gives me chills. Whenever a young person asks me to recommend a book, this is the first book I list. It is a book that makes you think.
Date published: 2012-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Confusing at times, but a good book! My friend got me to read this book. And honestly, it was torture reading it at first. I was so confused and it's like, "What is this?!" But my friend assured me that it got better and so I kept reading. It got a lot better after everything started to fall into place. It was an interesting book that I think many would enjoy so if you liked it, I| would suggest reading the other 2 in the series. The next one doesn't exactly relate to this book, but it's just as good!
Date published: 2011-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Giver A wonderful story that examines how our life could be and why we need to appreciate both the good and bad in our lives.
Date published: 2011-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review of The Giver by Lois Lowry I love dystopian stories. There is just something intriguing, and often scary, about seeing how society "could be" if some event happened or if they took it into their own hands to change the way life "should be". The Giver by Lois Lowry is one of the better dystopian stories I have read in terms of fleshing out the society and their rules, regulations and behaviors. This story really makes you think. Would the world be a better place if things such as violence and lust were completely removed from life by a society who changes and controls things for the betterment of their people? Where people must apply for spouses that are not chosen by them, and only then are able to apply for children that are not created by them. Where members are placed together to form a loving family unit with the maximum of one mother, one father, one male child and one female child. Where children only live at home until they have progressed through their growth years and are chosen foe their life's work by the society's council. I have to admit...the idea has some merits to it. I often stopped to weigh the pros versus the cons while reading this book. Would I miss the things they took away from their society to trade in for all the good they have achieved. It was a very difficult assessment for me to make at times. I was constantly shocked and sometimes even appalled at how far they insisted on going. Many of the rules were not stated outright, but if you read between the lines enough you can understand what they are implying. I don't want to give any of it away because some of the revelations came closer to the end, but it was all so wonderfully done. The author didn't slap you in the face with a list of rules, they just let them sneak up on you and tackle you from behind. The writing style was perfect. The story flowed by so fast I was disappointed when it was over. Of course part of that was due to the way it ended. If you have been following my blog long enough you know of my hatred for cliffhanger endings. It makes me want to tear my hair out and beat small children (not really...but you get the picture). Almost everything had been running so smoothly up until the last few pages. Considering there really isn't a sequel it would have been nice if the author could have tied up the loose ends a little tighter...but they didn't. That's always least to me. Some other minor points of contention were over some of the things we learn later that the society has changed. Up to about the middle of the book most changes and rules make some sense, and they seem completely realistic and I could see a scared society (or a controlling one) putting these new rules into motion. But some of the things we find out they have changed, or controlled, later in the story are so hard to believe it took me completely out of the story. It was such a shame. Every summer I make my son read at least 2 novels of my choosing and then he has to write a report on them for my review. This year I have chosen this as the second of the 2 books. Mockingbird was his first one. He is reading that one currently. I was tempted to give this book a 4.5 rating. But I don't do partial ratings. You know why? Have you ever seen half a spider? Ok...I'm sure you have...but I bet it wasn't pretty...and I don't want no ugly half spiders lurking on my blog ok?
Date published: 2011-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A real thinker Jonas live in a fictional community where everything is tightly controlled. Nobody suffers pain or has memories of history. As the story unfolds we are presented with a number of strange and shocking things that occur in the community. People don't have their own children, they are given a boy and a girl by the community. They aren't allowed to lie, they don't even have feelings, or birthdays, or see colours. If they break the rules there are harsh punishments. The good thing is that they live in peace without pain or crime. But as you read the book, you realize that the community is all wrong. It is scary even. The mystery behind "being released" from the community shocked me. The ending of the book is ambiguous. We don't know for sure what happened to Jonas and his community. But the author makes us think that there is hope in their future. We had a very interesting discussion about the ending.
Date published: 2011-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Book You'll Never Forget! The Giver leads you to think about the privileges that we have in our society and the righteousness of these. What if things were different? What would be better? I read The Giver many times and I always enjoyed it. I taught it to my students for the first time this year and the kids loved it! They thanked me for making them read that book and they now agree with me when I told them:"The Giver is one of the best books you'll ever read."
Date published: 2011-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from thought provoking I had seen this book on many lists these past few years and when I realized it was a dystopian-type novel I just had to add it to my YA-D2 Challenge. I cannot believe I have never read this before. It was a quick read as I was completely pulled into Jonas' world and kept flipping pages to see how this little society truly worked and what would happen. At first I was trying to pick out what I thought was happening in this utopian society, to figure out if it was truly people choosing to live without certain emotions and differences or if it were more like The Truamn Show. I just couldn't see living a life where everything was picked out for you from your family, your job, your food, how and when to express yourself. How can it be that everyone is content being exactly the same and not being an individual? Yes there are no wars, no issues about race or religion, but what about feeling things such as love and knowing true freedom? I absolutely loved how this book made you question everything. As we progress in the book and Jonas' is chosen to be the new Receiver for his chosen career path, we learn that only one person holds the memories and emotions of the collective population. Both the pleasure and pain of this job are depicted as The Giver transmits the memories to Jonas, which in turn makes Jonas question everything he is learning and everything he knows is true about his current community as a whole. I loved the passion that Jonas shows for the things he learns, his true compassion towards The Giver and his courage for being brave enough to be different from his peers. I would have to say the scene that hit me hardest was when Jonas asked his mother "Do you love me?", because he had just learned what love was that same day. And her reply, though correct for how their society has been raised, just crushes poor Jonas' little soul and shocked me. Her reply, " used a very generalized word, so meaningless that it's become almost bosolete." And his thoughts about her reply were exactly what I thought after reading her comment: Meaningless? He had never before felt anything as meaningful as the memory [of love]. Without giving away the story, I feel like Jonas is starting to make a change in his community, but we are left hanging at the end with no clear resolution. I suppose that we are left to draw our own conclusions about what truly happens. I did actually see that there are three books to this series that I didn't realize was actually a series in the first place. I will be on the lookout now for Gathering Blue and Messenger. I also read somewhere that it falls along the same lines of Orwell's 1984 and Huxley's Brave New World, both of which I have not read. I must read these as well as they are based on utopian societies that feel they are offering the perfect communities for their people, yet are keeping them from enjoying the freedoms and passion in life as an individual.
Date published: 2010-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unforgettable I adore this book. I first read it about 6 years back in grade 8, and since then I've re-read it about a dozen times (no exaggeration!) I think it's refreshingly original, and definitely plays my emotions as I read it. I recommend this book to everyone!
Date published: 2010-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from you have to read it okay this book was one of my favourites it was soooo good if anyone read the book alma and enjoyed it this is the next book that should be in line for you to read. Alma and the giver as you might say is two different stories but we can refer the giver as miss.lily and jonas as Alma. the teaching methods shown by these two are very alike and how the story runs smoothly joins together. THe giver is an inspiring book about how sameness is not always the right thing. As a human we need our own rights and freedom and this book lays that idea into a eye catching story. i give it 100 out of a 100 and you should really read it if not your lives will be dull and boring just like Jonas'.
Date published: 2010-05-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The Giver........ i had to read this book for school and i hated it!!! i would not recomend it and i don't want to read it again! Jonas is the main character and he is chosen to become the reciver of memory because where Jonas lives everything is the same. this book was ok at a little part in the middle but besides that it was bad. in the community if twins are born they "release" one of them! "Release" means to kill them!!!! i did not like this book. 2010-009
Date published: 2010-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from read it as a child to this day this book still haunts my thoughts....I love this book!!
Date published: 2009-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great short read. I read this way back in the 7th grade and was always confused with the ending until I recently discovered there are 2 more books in the series; Gathering Blue and The Messenger. So I read it again and still love it to this day. It's a good short read but by no means a mind numbing one, I've recommended it to all my friends.
Date published: 2009-08-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Falls Short I left the current book i'm reading, The Italian Lover, in the i grabbed this book, knowing it was a quick read. The Giver is a classified as YA....and i've been trying to read more of those. But i don't think i "got" this one the way i thought i would. Jonas is selected to be the Receiver of Memory...the Giver is in the process of transferring all human memory to Jonas, who lives in a utopian socity where there exists only "sameness". The ending completely eluded me. Could go this way, could go that. I can see how children reading this in a classroom setting could be led in whatever direction their teacher wants to take them. Kind of like a create-a-theme book: utopia, communism, love, lack of love, the coming of christ maybe even. So....a quick filler YA book that for me landed far from the mark.
Date published: 2009-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thought-Provoking What a great little book, I couldn't stop reading. The concept was so intriguing. It was disturbing and sad and happy at once. Glad I read it!
Date published: 2009-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great! This was a really great book! It reminded me a lot of a book I read in school called The Chrysalids. It has a very interesting concept, and I was hooked from the start. I couldn't put it down because all I wanted was to find out why the community in the book worked the way it does.
Date published: 2009-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brilliant This is one of the better books I've ever read for school. It was moving, and the story seemed so original (even though it probably wasn't) I read the whole book three days after we got it, and I ended up spending the following three week re-reading it. This book is definitely worth taking the time to sit down, and read. It described in depth how twisted society really can be, some of the topics in this book are appalling and disturbing, but that just adds to the impact of the book. If you haven't been forced to read this book for school already, I suggest you read it anyway. Regardless if you hate it or love it, I guarantee it'll have some sort of impact on you.
Date published: 2009-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best book i love it but the only part i didnt like was the mysterious ending
Date published: 2009-03-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Giver This book was really good! It was different from any book i have ever read! It kept you wanting to more and more about this boy and his community! I just wish in the end you could know more of what happened to the boy!
Date published: 2008-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Embrace the ELSEWHERE! Herein lies the importance of creative disobedience, diversity and the necessity of pain and raw emotion, all of which make us human. I found The Giver sometimes reminiscent of such favourites as The Handmaid's Tale and 1984, yet within a context acceptable for a child's impressionable mind. That being said, it’s all relative to your moral compass, because much like the sheltering imposed by the society in The Giver, I know many parents that would strike this book from their children's shelves in lieu of something “safer.”
Date published: 2008-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clever. Frightening. Likely? A truly heartbreaking tale: what is the world without colour? without dreams? without work? without ethics in death? Lowry draws us into the world that could be if we lose the plot. My only complaint is the ending. I will not spoil, but is it paradise or hell (on either side of the line)?
Date published: 2008-10-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! God i hope this book becomes a movie i am anxois to see how they will make everything without colour. Overall this was an amazing book!
Date published: 2008-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifuly Written Book This book was a book that my 11 year old daughters grade 5 class read. She came home and describe a very sensual part of this book that the teacher was reading to his class. I got conserned but instead of going to the teacher, i bought the book myself. I couldn't put it down. I finished the book before the class. I cried, i loved it, it was poetic, thought provoking, just to think of what we can do as a society and actually convince people that this is what the world is like when in fact they are living in a world of modern technology. I recommend this book to people of all ages, it was a beautifully written book.
Date published: 2008-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My All Time Favourite BOOK! This book is my favourite book ever. I have read it numerous times. It really seems like something that could happen to us in our future. In a society that has no poverty, no war almost like a Uthopia but as you continue to read you learn that the society in which humans live in is not a uthopia, i find it more the be a dystopia. THis book honestly changed my view on the world. SPOILER It got me thinking would i give up being able to see colours in order for no poverty. Would I give up love in order for no war?? READ THIS BOOK!
Date published: 2008-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommended for children, young adults, and adults. The Giver is both beautiful and ugly; it examines the possibility of a "perfect" society, and the joys of learning of love, the color red, and snow. It also examines the price of perfection, the realities of our world, and the hardships that come with growing up. One of my teachers (fourth or fifth grade) read this to the class, and it was probably the first time I didn't doze during reading time. Although I didn't understand a lot of it, I still enjoyed it. I finally bought myself a copy, summer of 2007, and I'm glad I did. Now that I'm (supposedly) an adult, the story makes a lot more sense, and I enjoy it so much more. I'm actually thinking about reading it to my youngest siblings soon and recommend it to parents who are looking for something for their children, whether it is to read to them, or for older children to read on their own.
Date published: 2008-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing The world Jonas lives in is perfect, until he receives the job of the Giver, and finally finds out about the cold, hard truth that the world he lives in is way far from perfect
Date published: 2008-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from AWESOME!!! This book is sooo good. It has a very strong story line, and it may have some parts where you must guess on what the world is like, and some, where you want to cry out!! This book is the best!
Date published: 2008-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review Excellent, thought-provoking story! It definitely goes down as one of my favourite books of all time. I just couldn't put it down. I must admit that I wasn't completely satisfied with the ending but, nonetheless, it's still an amazing book.
Date published: 2007-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the giver this was a book I bought for my daughter to read. She liked it a lot and I was enticed by her to read the book. I enjoyed the book , very enthralling..... it should be read by everyone!
Date published: 2007-11-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Makes you think This is a bit of a basic book, but a good discussion for a Book Club. It is a very quick and easy read; full of interesting thoughts about what a ‘perfect’ society would be like. It had the answers to all of our difficult questions. “What role do I play in society?”, “How do we handle heath care?”, “Who will look after us when we are old and unable to?”, “Will I find a life partner?”, etc., etc.
Date published: 2007-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! I read this gripping book in two days! This wonderful story tells of a young boy boy in anticipation of his Cerimony of Twelve, when he recives the greatest honor in the community. He is a young boy used as a ling to all memorys in a world (set in the future) with no colour, difference or love. I would really recommend this book to a thinker ages 10 and up. I even recommend it for adults.
Date published: 2007-02-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay This book made you think about it a lot because it was strange, but I liked some of it. Some parts were sad, like the way people were being killed and no one knew. But overall, I think it was a very wacky idea for a book, but the plot was good.
Date published: 2006-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Futuristic Book! This book set in the future leads on boy to a new duty, with pains, and joys of the past! Lois Lowry really made this book one of a kind. Leaving you at the end to come up with your own ending! It really is wonderful, because of that you can view the story ending as sad or happy! You should definitly read it!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2006-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Giver is an an awesome, fantastic, influential and overall GREAT book!!!!!! I read it for a lanuage project in school. Every day my class could only read 2 or 3 chapters and when ever they were over, I was so mad!!! That book was glued to my hands! My friend took it home on the first day we got it and almost read the whole thing - crazy. Our class really got deep into the book. I swear, you do not know anything avbou this book until you think really deep and hard about it. I tcan lead into so many different topics, you will not even know where you started from. I liked how at the beginning you see a plane and then at the end you see one again - signaling that life is a circle - the circle of life! You just have to think, think and think even more about the book and you can get into ethics, genetics, signals, etc! I learned from this book, that everything is a signal or a sign and that many books do not only have one solution or reason for being written. Every book has a signal and meaning, you just have to take the time to go over it and talk ot someone about it to get their ideas. With my class, we got into so many so many conversations.....never read a book, finish it and then toss it onto your book shelf with out going over what happened in it. But enough about how you should think about your book - READ THE GIVER RIGHT NOW!!! DO NOT THINK BEFORE YOU READ THIS BOOK! JUST TAKE IT AND REEEEEEEEAD!
Date published: 2006-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super This book was so well written. The story was great, I couldn't put it down. Lois Lowry's books are fantastic.
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quite a view of choice vs none this book is about a society that has found a way to organize life so everyone at 4 reaches this landmark and everyone at age 6 gets their first bike. The jobs are decided by a commitee and there is only one person that has all the memories of what life was before choice was taken from them. Their ancestors had chosen this because it was safer than the wrong choice.
Date published: 2006-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly Inspiring This is a truly insightful and inspiring book, exploring the various purposes for living. Lowry's tale is meaningful to readers of all ages. This tale of childhood in a confined community will lead to a greater understanding of ourselves and our own lives. Everyone has a reason for being who they are; one which they should be proud of.
Date published: 2006-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wicked this book is SO GOOD! i lovee it! i started reading the second one, and i thought it would e a continuation, but it wasnt. its still GOOD
Date published: 2005-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from woaw! The Giver is the first english book I red and even if it took me a long time, I think it's an excellent book. It's shows how borring life would be without our little imperfections, love and even differences.
Date published: 2005-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG! I love this BOOK! It leaves you off wondering what's going to happen next? Lois Lowry describes the world as perfect even though its not. WHen you pick this book up, no way are you going to put it down till you finish. The story is short but good. You never know what's going to happen if you dont read it. I give lois lowry both my thumbs UP.
Date published: 2005-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Gud Book last year, my class was doing novel study on this book. i really liked it but, in some parts it lacks a little bit.....but all in all its a very good book. some times we hate our lives as it is but.....after reading this book i realized that i have so much more than jonas had. i have freedom and i have the power to choose . your life depends on the choces u make.
Date published: 2005-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Two thumbs up! This book is an excellent novel of a utopian society. This book will really get you thinking about the way we live and the way Jonas' community lives. This book really got me to thinking about subjects such as: -Freedom of Choice -Rules, Laws and Justice -Family Relationships -Love -Culture This book is an excellent, unusually interesting novel, that shares the cultural differences of a utopian society.
Date published: 2005-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the giver I'm the type of guy who hates books and reading, but The Giver changed everything I LOVED IT! i couldn't put it down. It has excitmant, adventure, and suspence! And no other book has all that in one! This was the best book i ever read! I would give The Giver 5 stars because it makes you appretiate all the things you have in life.
Date published: 2005-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GOOD BOOK THIS IS THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!!
Date published: 2005-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BEST BOOK EVER This is the best book ever better than all the books I ever read so far. I reccomend this book to a lot of people. My friends said this book was wierd when Jonas wanted to go bathing with Fiona. They said it was disgusting, but I thought that the book was good!!!!!!
Date published: 2005-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible!! The best book I have ever read. Recomended for everyone!
Date published: 2004-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from lovin it send me more book titles like this one!!! Hey I had read this book in class some what years ago it was a very very good book I have never read anything like this one I loved it and I really want to get emails on any other great books like this one well see yahj later thanx Ezzzzzz
Date published: 2004-12-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from It SUCKS! When I saw the cover of the book I'm like no way i'm going to like this story. But I had to read it because of my teacher. So I read and read and I still didn't like it. I thought that this book would be good..but it sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What's wrong with the author, but her other book was ok. All of my friend who read this hated it too! The Giver is WEIRD!!
Date published: 2004-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME! The Giver is an awesome book, i first read it when i was in elementary school, and now i read it all the time. It is a book you can read over and over and it just gets better and better. It's very creative and an awesome story line! Lois Lowry is an awesome writer..if there were any other books out there like this one i would definitely have them in my office.
Date published: 2004-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different from the others This is a must-read novel. It's one of those rare books where you have to think and guess, especially in the ending. It also makes you appreciate life a lot more and realize how lucky you are. Anyway, a really good book --- READ IT!
Date published: 2004-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book!! This book was great... I recommend it for all ages!!!It really is a hard book to put down. When I red it wich was not long ago, i had to read for english class. I didnt want because it is not my type of book. But i read on and it really makes you questionning and really gets you into the book! So you MUST read this book! iT is very good!
Date published: 2004-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must-Read For All Ages! The Giver depicts perfectly what each and every one of us take for granted in life. Things we don't even think about; weather, colour, and even music. My friend recomended this book to me three years ago and I since have read it exactly ten times! Each time I read it I pick up on something I did not notice previously. This book is full of deep meaning and is suitable for people of all ages. I reccomend this book to anyone and everyone! If you liked this book try Gathering Blue, the companion novel to The Giver, by Lois Lowry.
Date published: 2003-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fabolous read for any mind omg this has to be the best book ever. the storyline n sturggles inbetween r just too much for words. not being able to love or feel, living through conformity. jus wow its so awesome and hard to put down, i hope one day someone makes this into an awesome movie. just reading it u can feel every part of the novel as if u were living through it. if u havent read itdo it n if u have read it again n again
Date published: 2003-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from none I can honestly say this book changed my life. I read it first in the 7th grade when my teacher kept me after class to give it to me. When i was in University, I wanted to read it again. I found it in the children's section and had to tell the librarian i was doing a project on it. this book alllowed me to reach feelings and depths of contemlation that most 13 year olds never know and although I've moved on to bigger books now, I will always remember the Giver as the beginning of a path that lead to my love and fascination of literature.
Date published: 2003-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Futuristic I would have actually given this book 4.5 but as you can see there are no points. I red this book with my class and it was like looking at what the futur would be like. Some parts of the book made you have emotions and some parts you'd be like i'm so glad that person did that because it just might help or get you in trouble. But I thought this was a good book and that you should get it out of the library or tell your teacher about this book.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2003-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Giver A great novel! One of my favorites.
Date published: 2003-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome I think the was an awesome book. There is also a twist at the end. When I started to read it, I couldn't stop. I would recmmend this book to anyone who loves to read.
Date published: 2003-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GIVER RULES The giver is a spendid piece of work by a splendid author. THis book is a can't-put-down book. You will be amazed at the ending.
Date published: 2002-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wouldn't you like to know? Have you ever wondered what life would be like without pain, pleasure, colours, and choices? In the book The Giver it shows the way life would be like if this was true. This is the story of a young man’s voyage to try and find the truth, the truth about colours, the truth about pain as well as pleasure. The truth about love, the truth about everything. The Giver takes place in a village where all the houses are the same, the buildings are plain and colourless, the plants have no colour, and everything is the same, nothing ever changes it’s always the same. I have always wondered what life would be like without choices we make in life. This book made me realize that we take for granted the little things in life like getting to choose what you wear, choosing what you want for dinner, as well as choosing what you get to do after school. The Giver would be a good book for any age group. It is an easy read but it is very interesting. It has a little bit of adventure as well as
Date published: 2002-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best This book is the best book I have ever read. I came on the web site to try and buy the book and read the reviews. After reading them I decided to leave one of my own and tell everyone else how great this book is. There are people who said it was confusing, I read it in sixth grade and I understood it. My guess is that the people who didn't like it don't like to actually think while they read. If you are one of those people then go and read your Sweet Valley High books (which are good but easy to read) and leave this one alone. If you actually like to think then I think that you will have as much fun with this book as I did. So enjoy and Happy Reading!
Date published: 2002-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Far From Reality Yet Can Be Related To The Giver is actually a book that we read in school. When I first started reading it, it seemed very weird. By that I mean it's not something we usually get from other novels. It talks about this small community where everything is thes same. The people who live there don't make their own decisions and don't have feelings. I first thought it was crazy, but if you think about it, it's not that bad. You can't make wrong decisions this way. It compared people with feeling with people without feelings. The author did a really good job on that, he captured the character's feeling very well. The one thing I don't really understand is the ending. It might just be that the author wants to leave the reader with some imagination of their own, but I think this book would be better if it has a more meaningful ending. Overall, I think it's a great book for teenagers to read.
Date published: 2001-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting, moving and eerie.... This is honestly the BEST book i have ever read. The story is amazing and is deffinately a real page turner. So far i have read it twice and both times i was right on the edge of my chair even though, by the second time, i already knew what was going to happen. I especially love the ending because it leaves room for u to imagine what could have happened insted of telling u exactly what did. I think everyone should read this amazing book!!!!
Date published: 2001-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Giver I thought that The Giver was kinda boring in the beginning, but it soon became very interesting and I was hooked on the book! It was amazing how an author can really take you to Jonas'community! I loved it and I'd recommend it to anyone who has a good understanding of a wide vocabulary.
Date published: 2001-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book!! I read an earlier copy of thiis book when I was in grade 6. 4 years later I am now in grade 10 and I still think this is an amazing book writen for all ages. Whether it is read to you or you read it your self the mystery of this book is thrilling. I loved this book and I hope to purchase it so I can read it anytime. I give it a whooping 5 stars because it is well writen and the book is just all around mind bending. I could not put this book down. Thanx for the great liturature.
Date published: 2001-03-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay This book was okay I thought it was a little hard to understand. It kind of jumped from one thing to the other and was really confusing for me. I wouldn't recamend this book for younger readers but I would recamend it to young adults.Have fun reading
Date published: 2001-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MY FAVOURITE BOOK!!!! :) This book is a really good book, it's one of my favourties!!!!!!! You should really buy it and read it, or go to a library and take it out. It is about a boy that goes through alot in ahis teenaged life!
Date published: 2001-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK EVER this was the best book I ever read.
Date published: 2001-01-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not bad but could be better Interesting book but very boring in the first chapters.If you like books with no action and a poor plot go and buy the Giver
Date published: 2001-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Report novel- EVER I read alot therefore I know wich books are duds and which are worthy of instant recomendations, and this one is the later. I am currently working on this book for an English assignment-and it's actually good! Agreat bok for all ages.
Date published: 2000-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Giver I rave about this book! I started to read this book for homework for my English class but I didn't stop after chapter two, I just couldn't put the book down. It was that good! I know a book when I read one, and this is it!!
Date published: 2000-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Book Worthy of Honour The Giver is truly one of well-written books. The emotion displayed in this novel was easily transferred to the reader. Though it was fiction, you could still relate to Jonas, the main character, and his feelings. Every character was put together very well and reading it was like being in the story. I recommend this book to everyone regardless of age. It is truly one of a kind.
Date published: 2000-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the giver I have never written a book review before but i'll get right to it. the giver was a heart felt book about the loving bond bettween a young boy and his teacher. a book about the heart ache we all go through when we have to leave those we love. and a book about the experience of a new begining. the parts of overwhelming happiness and heart wrenching sadness in this book are enough to melt anyones heart. and bring a tear to their eye. this book is great for any teenager who feels lost in a whorlpool of emotions. the giver is my favourite novel. and if you think that it's a book you will like, i hope you read it and it touches your heart as much as it did mine. thank you for reading my review on this book
Date published: 2000-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Too good to be true! The Giver is about a boy named Jonas. At the 12 year ceremony they skip his number and leave him out! But that was because he wasnt selected. He was chosen to be the biggest job in the city. THE GIVER. Jonas didnt know this position even existed. He is amazed and soon goes for training. But what happens in his training is the real surprise. I am not one to read books twice but for this one I did immediatly! A fabulas book for 10 + age group. And Lois Lowry..... keep up the good work!
Date published: 2000-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Giver This is a fabulous novel. Its indeterminate ending offers readers a chance to essentialy choose their own conclusion. It is a masterpiece which I enjoyed studying in Children's Literature--and that I've enjoyed re-reading several times. I look forward to the day my daughters will be ready to enjoy it too.
Date published: 2000-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Book Ever The book, The Giver by Lois Lowry is one of the best books that I have ever read. I think that everyone should read it and when I do read it I con't put it down.
Date published: 2000-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A GREAT BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This book is one of the best books I've ever read! Someone I know and her family loved this book. So, if YOU'RE not afraid of new things go ahead and read this book because I'm sure you'll love it.
Date published: 2000-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i luved this book this is the best book in the world!! everyone i know that has read it thinks it's awesome!! even my friends that don't read that much!!! to the author keep up the good work!!!!
Date published: 1999-11-17

Read from the Book

A knock makes me jump. My hands shake from exhaustion, fear, and sorrow as I unlatch the lock to the door of my residence hall rooms and turn the handle. I let out a sigh of relief as I see Raffe Jeffries in the doorway. Though we share the same path of study, there is little else that is similar about us. Me from the colonies, who had to survive The Testing to be here. He from Tosu City, where students related to former graduates are welcomed into the University with open arms. We are not friends. Even after he helped save my life last night, I do not know if I can trust him. But I have no choice.   Raffe appears unconcerned, but I can read the warning in his eyes as he steps into my sitting room and closes the door behind him. "Cia, they know."   My knees weaken, and I grip the back of a chair for support. "Know what?" That I left campus? That I know the rebellion led by the man who helped me during The Testing isn't what the rebels believe? That soon the rebels will launch an attack that will lead them to their deaths? That Damone . . . I push my thoughts away from that question.   "Professor Holt knows we both left campus." His dark eyes meet mine. "And Griffin has started looking for Damone."   Of course Griffin would be looking for his friend. When he doesn't find him, he will alert the head of our residence, Professor Holt. She will wonder why the Tosu City Government Studies student has vanished. Will Dr. Barnes and his officials believe the pressure to succeed has caused Damone to flee? Or will they launch a search for him and discover that he's dead? Panic begins to swell. I tell myself there wasn't another option. But was there?   I shake my head. Unless I want my future to contain Redirection or worse, I have to avoid thinking about what is past.   There are no rules that say we cannot leave campus. I cannot be punished for that alone. But if they know what I have seen . . .   I take a steadying breath, then ask, "Does Professor Holt know when we left or if we left together?"   My fingers trace the lightning bolt symbol on the silver and gold bracelet encircling my wrist as I think of the tracking device contained inside. The one I thought I had beaten. Only, I was wrong. I was wrong about everything. Now Michal is dead and . . .   "I don't think anyone knows how long we were gone. No one saw us leave, and I don't think anyone spotted us when we returned to campus." Raffe runs a hand through his dark hair. "But Griffin stopped me when I was going to deliver your message to Tomas. He asked if I had seen Damone. Then he  wanted to know where you and I went this morning. I don't know how, but he knew we were together."   I have not told Raffe about the tracking device in his bracelet. Part of me had hoped I would not need to share my secrets. My father warned me before I came to Tosu City for The Testing to trust no one. But I have. I must again now. Because he's helped me, Raffe is in danger.   Quickly, I tell Raffe about what's hidden inside the bracelets and about the transmitter Tomas and I designed to block the signal and hide our movements from Dr. Barnes. Only, sometime last night or this morning, that transmitter fell out of my pocket. Where and when it was lost I do not know.   Raffe looks down at the symbol etched on his bracelet-a coiled spring in the center of the balanced scales of justice. "They're monitoring our movements." There is no surprise. No outrage. Only a nod of the head before he says, "We're going to have to find a better way to block the signal if we don't want them watching our every move when we do whatever you have planned next."   What I have planned . . .   This week President Collindar will stand in the United Commonwealth Government's Debate Chamber and ask the members to vote on a new proposal. One that-if approved-will shift administration of The Testing and the University from Dr. Barnes's autonomous control. One that will force him to report to the president and allow her to end the practices that have killed so many who wanted nothing more than to help their colonies and their country. But while I'd like to believe the proposal will pass and The Testing will come to an end, everything I have learned tells me it is doomed to fail. When it does, rumor says Dr. Barnes's supporters will call for a vote of confidence on the president. A vote that-if lost by the president-will signal not only the end of her role as leader, but the start of a battle that the rebels and the president have no hope of winning, since Dr. Barnes knows of their plans. Indeed, he and his supporter Symon Dean have planned the rebellion itself. Only recently have I learned its true purpose, which is to identify, occupy, and ultimately destroy any who would oppose the selection methods of The Testing. The time is fast approaching when Dr. Barnes will allow his people among the rebels to escalate their outrage and encourage open warfare, in order to crush that rebellion with violence of his own. If Dr. Barnes's plan succeeds, those who seek to end The Testing will die-and my brother will be among them.   I can't sit back and allow that to happen, but I don't know how I can help stop the events that are already spinning into motion. I thought I knew. I thought I had found a way to help. But I only made things worse. Now Dr. Barnes will be watching my movements even more closely than before. I wish there were time to think things through. My brothers always teased that it took me hours to make a decision that took others minutes, yet my father taught me that anything important deserves thoughtful study. The choices that face me now are the most important of my life.   Am I scared? Yes. As the youngest student at the University, I find it hard to believe that my actions could change the course of my country's history. That I am clever enough to outthink Dr. Barnes and his officials and save lives. But there is no other way. The odds favor my failure, but I still have to try.   "Right now the only thing I have planned is to do my homework and get some sleep." When Raffe starts to protest, I say, "You need sleep, too." The way his shoulders sag tells me he is just as tired as I. "Maybe if we're rested we'll come up with a way to help stop what's coming."   Raffe nods. "Regardless, with everything that's happened, it's probably best we stay inside the residence for the rest of the day. I'm sure Professor Holt will have someone watching you. You'll need to be careful."   A muffled series of clicks catches my attention. There it is again. One. Two. Three faint clicks of the transmission button on the Transit Communicator. The signal Zeen suggested we use to indicate one of us needs to talk. He must have found a place where it is safe for him to speak. But it is not safe for me. Not with Raffe here. I have been forced into trusting him with many things, but I will not trust him with this. Not with my brother's life.   "I'll see you later today," I say. Raffe cocks his head to the side. His eyes narrow as the three clicks come again.   Pretending I hear nothing, I walk to the door and open it. "I have an assignment I have to get to work on."   Raffe looks around the small sitting room. My heart beats off the seconds as he waits for the clicking noise to recur. When it doesn't, he shakes his head and walks to the door. "I'll be around if you need anything."   When the door swings shut, I flip the lock and hurry to my bedroom. My fingers slide under the edge of the mattress and close around the device I brought with me from Five Lakes Colony. It was designed to communicate across distances of less than twenty miles with a device my father kept in his office. The one Zeen must hold now while waiting for me to respond.   I click the communication button three times to indicate I have received his signal.   "Cia. I can't tell you how glad I am Michal finally told you where I am. I wanted to contact you the minute I got to Tosu City, but Michal said it would be best to wait. Are you okay?"   The sound of Zeen's voice fills me with warmth. Growing up, I could always tell Zeen anything. Of all my brothers, he was the one I went to when I needed help with a problem. I was certain he could come up with the answer for everything. I hope that is still true.   "I'm fine." For now. "But-"   "Good." I hear Zeen sigh. "That's good. Cia, I'm sorry I was so angry. I shouldn't have let you leave without saying goodbye. I was jealous because you got what I thought I wanted. I didn't know . . ."   I think about the hurt I felt when Zeen disappeared before I left for The Testing. Of all of us, he is the most passionate. The easiest to upset. The quickest to react when his emotions are stirred and hardest hit when those he loves are wounded or taken away. Which is why I understood his absence when my family said their farewells and why I can honestly say, "It's okay. Besides, if you hadn't stormed off, I would have asked permission to take this Communicator and you would have turned me down. I wouldn't have made it through the last couple of months without it."   "You should have heard me yell when I saw your note." Zeen laughs. "Mom said it was a small price to pay for how I'd behaved, since I might never see you again. She didn't want me to come, but Dad understood why I had to. Cia, there are things happening here. Important things. I don't know if Michal told you, but these people are going to end The Testing. The leaders here have a plan that will change everything. It's dangerous."   "Zeen . . ."   But Zeen isn't listening. When I was little, Zeen used to talk to me for hours about things I didn't understand, but I didn't care. I loved listening to his voice and knowing that he understood the things he talked about. But he doesn't understand now.   "Zeen . . ."   "And it's complicated and will take too long for me to explain. I can't talk for much longer or someone will come searching for me. With everything going on, they're slow to trust. Even with Michal's endorsement. I think they would have arrested me the minute I walked into camp if it weren't for-"   "Zeen, stop!" When there is silence, I say, "Michal's dead." My throat tightens. Tears prick the backs of my eyes. Saying the words aloud makes them all too real. "I saw him die."   "Cia, that can't be true." But the hitch in Zeen's voice tells me he is shaken by my words. "I would have heard if Michal died. Symon or Ranetta would have told us." Zeen's soothing tone is the same one he used when I was small and thought there were monsters lurking under the bed. Only there is no soothing me with kind words now. I know these monsters are real.   "Symon wouldn't have told you because he's the one who killed Michal." I look at the clock beside my bed. Five minutes have passed. If Zeen is right, people will soon come searching for him. I don't want them to hear him talking into the Communicator and think he's a spy. There is so much to say. So little time to say it in. I have to decide what is important now and what can wait until we can arrange another time to speak.   "Michal brought Symon the proof the president needs to sway the Debate Chamber vote and end The Testing in a peaceful way. I was hiding nearby." I can still see the way the rebellion leader looked when he raised his gun and fired. Two shots. Then Michal fell to the ground. "I heard Symon say that he and Dr. Barnes created the rebellion to control those who want to bring an end to The Testing. The rebellion isn't real."

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