30 Day Book Challenge – Day 26

Today’s prompt: A book that changed your opinion about something

I’ll cite The Giver for this prompt. It’s one of my favorite books of all time. I read it for the first time in seventh grade. I remember thinking it would be one of the usual boring books assigned by a teacher, but I was hooked almost instantly. What I learned from the book was not to rely exclusively on the powers that be, but to forge a destiny for yourself out of your own thoughts and opinions. Don’t take everything you hear from the government, media, etc. as the Gospel truth. Not everything is as neat and well-ordered as it might appear on the outside.

The book’s philosophy is heavily based in utilitarianism, which is defined as “the greatest good for the greatest number.” In The Giver, the community is well-run and everyone appears happy, but all the suffering, pain, and struggles of life are on the shoulders of just one person: The Giver. The book brings up a thought-provoking question: Is it better to divide the pain of life relatively evenly among the people, or to put it on the back of just one person so that everyone else may be happy?

It’s a juvenile/YA book, but it will make you think and reconsider a lot of things.

4 thoughts on “30 Day Book Challenge – Day 26

  1. A very good book. I’m not sure it changed my mind about anything, but it did have a lot of depth to it. In addition to the themes you identified, I thought it had a message about diversity, IIRC, both from the uniformity of the society and the significance that colors had.

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    1. I thought the book could have been a lot longer. There were many things that weren’t explained adequately and storylines that could have been developed… but as usual with YA books, it was watered down for the sake of its audience.

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