Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Giver (The Giver Quartet #1) by Lois Lowry (Goodreads Author)

4 out of 5 stars  ****

I categorize this story as a "Dystopia" but it is really an attempt at "Utopia" within a "Dystopia." The crux of the wrinkle in this novel that separates it from other dystopian tales is the issue of free will. A broken society develops order out of chaos in a controlled environment. Certain elders are privy to the truth about the real world and have the responsibility of maintaining control in a fabricated society via medication and indoctrination which manipulates the wills of the population. The hero, Jonas, is one who discovers the truth and must summon his courage to do what is necessary to restore humanity to its proper, natural course.