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07 April 2014


Yeah, I was never on THE GIVER bandwagon.
Even though it was relatively "different" for YA fiction at the time, it was very been-there, done-that for sff readers; and nowadays, of course, one can't walk into a YA section without tripping over a hundred dystopias that are more interesting and "edgy".

The one thing it still has going for it is the ambiguous ending; I can't imagine how they can possibly film the book without having to pick one interpretation or another.

I also recently read this for the first time a couple of weeks ago and wasn’t super impressed. I think I would have found it more profound had I read it at 12 or 13. I agree that there are some logical leaps that are there only to serve the plot and I generally found it to be less than subtle with its message of conformity = bad, diversity=good.

However, I think this is probably a great book for tweens and teens because that transition from childhood to adulthood is exactly when one begins to become cognitive of the fact that life isn’t fair, that everyone can’t be a winner, that s**t happens even to good people.

I am also with hapax in liking the ambiguity of the end.

Hapax, Ruthiella,
I'm so glad I posted about this one, just to find out how popular that ambiguous ending was. I HATE ambiguous endings. I don't mind if there's a huge resolution (a la Anne Tyler novels) but if there isn't some sort of ending or bringing it all together, I start to think, shit, even I could just come up with a story and then leave it open-ended. I know it's not as easy as all that but I have always hated ambiguous endings. Which is probably why I read a lot of nonfiction.

I agree, this would most likely be a better read for a younger kid. I can see a younger kid being shocked by some of the plot turns and vocabulary in a way that I was not. But still. Not all that exciting.

My son just read this book, and I asked him about the ending. He said it was weird! I said how? He said it wasn't quite finished but he thought there was another book after it (the teacher suggested that). I asked if maybe the ending was ambiguous. Then I had to explain ambiguous. Apparently that didn't come up in the conversation. Most of the kids in class thought that the receiver made it to the "outside."

It's not my favorite; I read it as an adult because my son is a big fan.

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