An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge

My dad once said to me, "You give a lot of books three stars." I do.

The Giver

The Giver (illustrated; gift edition) - Lois Lowry, Bagram Ibatoulline

Booklikes is doing that thing again so I hope this goes through.


This is more a review of this edition than of the story. I love the story. I didn't love the illustrations, and I wouldn't give this to someone if they're reading The Giver for the first time.


I'm just not a fan of the audience potentially knowing that Jonas is

seeing colors

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before he does. That piece of dramatic irony doesn't add to the story. As a kid I loved discovering Jonas's seeing beyond ability as he did (also, I never imagined his world in black and white but rather as just being totally beige).


There aren't many illustrations in the book which I wasn't mad about since I didn't really like them. However, I'd like an illustrated copy of a book to have a few more illustrations.


The story itself is still great though. The ending read really differently to me than it has before (I can definitely see why some people think

Jonas and Gabriel died at the end

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). That's my favorite thing about rereading The Giver. I see something different in it every time I pick it up.