"'It is as if...' The man paused, seeming to search his mind for the right words of description. 'It's like going downhill through deep snow on a sled,' he said, finally. 'At first it's exhilarating: the speed; the sharp, clear air; but then the snow accumulates, builds up on the runners, and you slow, you have to push hard to keep going...'"
-The Giver by Lois Lowry
A young boy, named Jonas, lives in what is called a "Community." Everything is pre-planned and the people living within are conditioned to believe their way of life is normal. As Jonas grows as a character, we grow with him and start to understand why the "Community" is the way that it is.
Throughout the whole book I was sure that I knew how it was going to end. Spoiler Alert...kinda! I thought for sure that it was going to end with another "Giver" telling the memory of Jonas (since the story is not narrated by Jonas). I suppose I am not as astute as I thought. I can see why it ended with Jonas leaving the "Community" but I didn't expect it.
This book was an extremely easy read (I think it is meant for middle-schoolers? Or so I am told...I didn't have to read it in middle school). Only 180-ish pages, with short chapters. It was perfect to pick up here and there throughout the day where I had a few extra minutes (I hate stopping in the middle of chapters, but with this book I didn't have to!).
I am going to head off to the library and see if my next book has come in (it has been more than a week- when they said it would only take 3 to 5 days!- and I haven't received an e-mail with the news that it has arrived. I hope it is only a small mistake and that it is there....here's hoping!