The book The Giver had a great opening that was not at all boring. I found it very interesting to read about the setting of the book. I expect the setting to play a big role in the story as well as the main conflict. One thing that I liked was how the author introduced this fictional society to the reader. There was explanation when necessary, for example, when the evening sharing of feelings was introduced Obviously readers would have no idea what that was, so the author gives a small snippet about it. Then, as the telling of feelings happens, the author lets readers figure out what it is through the dialogue. Plus, in reading about this society’s daily activity, we learn more about the setting. That sort of explanation was something that I noticed the author did throughout the first part of the book and I liked it.
Besides the setting, I also found the characters interesting. They seemed similar to how people would act today. In the book, it says that in their society, the setup of a family is something that is regulated by rules. However, when I was reading about the times that the family was together, I thought that their interaction was not much different than we have today. Finally, the specific character observation that I made was of the main character, Jonas. I noticed that he seems to be generally an extremely normal character, even though strange things happen to him. How I saw it was there is this boy, Jonas, who has nothing about him that is unusual, and he is put in several situations where unusual things occur. It’s as if the author is setting up the story with a “blank slate”, ready to be written on. In the beginning, Jonas is a normal kid that readers can understand with little difficulty. Then he is put in a strict, heavily structured society where he is about to have a big change to his life with the Ceremony of Twelve. I think that Jonas’s “normalness” in the start of the story is going to change later on, maybe even drastically. In the mean time, readers are able to focus on other elements of the story, such as the interesting setting. I predict that is Jonas ever does have a change in his character traits, it will be due to the events that happen to him, and the influence of the restrictive world that he lives in.