Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Lois Lowry's THE GIVER

All right--Angelle and I are having a dispute. We have both read and loved Lois Lowry's YA book THE GIVER, but we have very different opinions of how the book ends (in that we've interpretted it differently).

Dear readers, if you remember the book, how do YOU think it ended? Please post your ideas in the comments section so as not to spoil it for visitors who haven't already read. I'll post mine as the first comment.


moonrat said...

Jonas DIED!! The family in the house was the last vision he transmitted to the baby---they weren't real! The two boys froze to death on the sled.

angelle said...

i hate you.

moonrat said...

ok. now you know both of our stances.

Kaytie M. Lee said...

Wikipedia says the ending of the book is unclear but that with the publishing of a sequel some years later it becomes clear the boys lived.

Not that Wikipedia evokes absolute trust.

David L. McAfee said...

Never read it (ducks oncoming projectiles0, so I can't help ya.

Maprilynne said...

Sequel, Schmequel, the boys die!:)

BTW, I never heard of a sequel. Got a title?

David, you are hereby lowered to a lower level of non-manhood than when I found out you hadn't read "Where the Red Fern Grows!" In my not-so-humble-opinion, "The Giver" may be the greatest YA book ever written. Fabulous!

And yes, the boys die.

Maprilynne said...

Oh, except that the sled was also not real. If the sled was real, the family was real. They froze to death in the snow without a sled.:)

David L. McAfee said...

Aw, sheesh Maprilynne. That's harsh.

In my defense, I never read much YA as a kid. I went straight from Mid Grade to Stephen King at 13. My dad took some of King's books away when he found me reading them, but I managed to hang on to a couple.

Besides...I couldn't read The Giver now...y'all spoiled the ending for me ;-)

Kaytie M. Lee said...

From the Wiki entry:

"The ending is ambiguous, and Jonas' future and even survival are left unresolved. Their survival is made apparent, however, in GATHERING BLUE, a sequel novel written much later."

GATHERING BLUE came out in 2000.

Its sequel, MESSENGER, came out in 2004.

Unresolved endings = everyone is right!

Cheryl said...

I read an interview with the author who said that she does mention a boy with Jonas's description in Gathering Blue, and that you can believe the boy is Jonas or not.

So really, it's up to you what you want the ending to be and if you want the boy in GB to be Jonas. If the author can't decide, then you don't have to either :)

Maprilynne said...

I have Gathering Blue (and it's good too!) and I never made that connection. Hmmm, interesting.

Except that they do not have Christmas in GB.

They still die.;)

angelle said...

ooh! There's dialogure around this! good!

yes GB does make a mention. by the way, i hear the messenger was bad (according to my little sister who's 13).

i choose to believe he does not die. NOOOOOOO

Cheryl said...

The Messenger is not my favorite. I thought Gathering Blue was only pretty interesting. Neither one of these sequels is anywhere near as good as The Giver, which I love love love.

Anonymous said...

Jonas lived---remember, he wanted the Giver to keep "music" for himself. That never transmitted. So when, at the very end, he hears music... that's the sign that it was real and he did escape.