I’m having a hard time writing this review. I like this book. Note the use “liked”, not “loved”, but I felt like it was missing something. Something I can’t really put my finger on. Which I realize makes this a completely useless review for you.
This short (180 pgs) Newberry Book Award winner is set in a “utopian” society where feelings and memories have been eradicated, but the people living there don’t know that. All the kids celebrate their “birthday” on the same day and each year brings something monumental; there are the “sixes” who get a bike and the “twelves” who are told their careers. Jonas is turning 12 this year and he learns his fate – something no one has heard mentioned at the ceremony in a decade. His training with the Giver begins.
I can’t say much more than that without spoiling the book, and I think that’s why I didn’t love it. There isn’t really any character development AT ALL. The plot starts on page 1, but with no lead-in, I didn’t feel anything for anyone in the book, and therefore didn’t really care about the outcome. Which just sort of…happens. The end seemed really abrupt and if I’d have been more into the book, I would have hated it. As it is, I just finished it.