Last month, we posted July’s Book to Read in the Tub: Ender’s Game. This month’s book to read in the bathtub is also a science-fiction novel that is being adapted into a major feature film: The Giver. This novel currently sits at space number 5 on Amazon’s Best Sellers.
The Giver was originally published in 1993 and was written by Lois Lowry. The Giver tells the story of the main character Jonas, an 11-year-old living in a dystopian society in a time known as Sameness. In Jonas’ community, people do not feel love, fear, hate or pain. Everyone is emotionless and the society makes decisions for them. People are assigned jobs at the age of 12, are assigned spouses and are assigned children.
Jonas is assigned the job of Receiver of Memory. The position is designed to store memories of the time before Sameness, so society won’t make the same mistakes as it did in the past. The Giver passes on memories of happiness, love and the way things were to Jonas. He also gives him memories of horrible times. As Jonas learns more about the time before, he becomes more disillusioned and frustrated with the way things are.
About Lois Lowry
The Giver, written by Lois Lowry, is taught in many school curriculums and won the 1994 Newbery Medal. Lowry was born in 1977 and has studied English Literature at the graduate school level; she has also worked as a freelance writer and writes a blog. She is the 2007 recipient of the Margaret Edwards Award and the 1989 Newbery Medal for her novel Number the Stars.
-The Giver received the 1994 Newbery Medal and was one of the most challenged novels from 1990 to 2000.
-Over 10 million copies of The Giver have been sold.
-The Giver was made into a feature film by Walden Media and The Weinstein Company. It will premiere in 2014 and was directed by Phillip Noyce. It stars Brenton Thwaites as Jonas, Jeff Bridges as The Giver, Alexander Skarsgard as Jonas’ Father, Meryl Streep as The Chief Elder and Taylor Swift as Rosemary
Our Favorite Quotes from The Giver
“Memories are forever.”
“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”
“It’s the choosing that’s important, isn’t it?”
“I knew that there had been times in the past – terrible times – when people had destroyed others in haste, in fear, and had brought about their own destruction.”
More like The Giver
If you’re interested in reading more books like The Giver, Lowry wrote three other books in the same world: Gathering Blue, Messenger and Son.
We also recommend the following novels:
-Ender’s Game. Orson Scott Card
-Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
-Uglies, Scott Westerfield
-The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
-Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
Grab a book, sit back in your bathtub and relax!