The Giver The Giver #1

I first read the Giver a dozen or more years ago now for a class. I’ve re-read it a few times since then and even watched the recent movie (Jeff Bridges makes an excellent Giver, but other than that it’s just … not good). In all of these readings, I never quite got around to reading the sequels. I guess it’s about time to give them a try.

In a nutshell, The Giver takes place in what feels like any of a dozen other young adult nearish future dystopias (The Giver being among if not the progenitor of the genre), where everyone knows their place everything is perfect. Except… not really. In The Giver’s particular interpretation, everyone is assigned their job at the age of 12.