Friday, 18 December 2015

The Giver by Lois Lowry

You may lie.

This might sound like a negative review after a while, but what I intend to do is pick out the flaws which made me dislike it slightly.

The protagonist, Jonas, is a young boy who lives in another dystopian/utopia world not similar to the world in The Hunger Games or Divergent. Here, or at least in the book, things are vague. With a lot of eccentric constituents, the story proceeds with something named "The Ceremony of Twelve," where those who become twelve are assigned with different assignments which will subsequently decide their career.

However, even after rating this book 3 stars, I still think that 3 stars is too much. Why? Well, it's because I see no sensible or decent proceeding without obscurity.

Here is the list of things that annoyed me whilst I read the book.

1. Cryptic circumstances: The whole thing, the entire book was just vague. It was like the author does not want to let the reader know anything about the dystopian world Jonas lives in; she was being cryptic throughout the book. On a personal opinion, I'd definitely not recommend this to people who don't like obscurity, since that is what this book has been made up of. I simply didn't understand the necessity of making things insufferably enigmatic.

2. Rituals: My main complaint about this book is that it's vague, and due to that, nothing makes sense. The rituals is a part of it. From what I managed to interpret, they have certain rituals they must do everyday, but what they are and why they should do it is an answer which remains unknown. There is no points in mentioning those rituals if they are unintelligible. Why exactly is there a dream-telling ritual? My brother and I share unconventional dreams occasionally, but we are under no obligation to tell it. I demand for answer: why should everyone tell their dreams to their families?
✩ As mentioned before, why should one share his/her dreams with family members?
✩ What are the different rituals to be followed?
✩ What do they gain by following such rituals?

3. Ceremonies: Once again, things are unintelligible. There is no elucidated substantiation about the ceremonies, or how they work, or why they are conducted. Taking [b:Divergent|13335037|Divergent (Divergent, #1)|Veronica Roth||13155899] into consideration for a better example, I think everything was indeed well described in that book. I'd prefer more plausible details, and sorry, but I'm not satisfied with the mentioning of ceremonies only. I don't get it. Why must a girl exchange hair ribbons to get a bicycle? What must a boy exchange to get a bicycle? Don't tell me boys never get to attend that ceremony!
✩ Why are there such ceremonies?
✩ What do you get when you become a One?
✩ What do you get when you become a Two?
✩ What do you get when you become a Three?
✩ What do you get when you become a Four?
✩ What do you get when you become a Five?
✩ What do you get when you become a Six?
✩ What do you get when you become a Seven?
✩ What do you get when you become a Eight?
I could go on and on, but that will bore you.

4. Lack of apocalyptic plot: I don't get it: unlike stereotypical young-adult books, why doesn't this have any sort of catastrophe? Everything is just plain and boring. The story just goes on- no suspense, no tension, nothing whatsoever. I firmly stand by my claim; books need some sort of interesting plot to be a successful one.

5. Irrational details and controversy: I don't know, certain things are just- well, let's say, irrational? I do realize that this is a dystopian book, but even after considering that, many things are contradicting.
✩ Why should there be a public announcements for one person's misdemeanour?
Generally, this is not allowed unless, I believe, in monarchy: people cannot designate a high position to their own daughter, son, or any family member, but even if it is permitted, it sounds contradicting when The Giver's daughter is designated to be the next Giver.
✩ Why is their world colourless?
✩ Why can't they experience feelings or joy, sorrow, catastrophes, and why will it kill them if they posses such memories?

I'm pretty sure that if the above errors are rewritten, I'd award this book more than this.

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