As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, one of my favorite summer activities is reading outside, on the beach, in a hammock, in Grant Park, wherever I can find a comfortable spot. This summer a friend recommended that I try The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry. It was the best series I read this summer.
The Giver, the first book in the quartet, tells the tale of a young boy named Jonas who appears to live in an ideal community. There is no strife, no fighting, everyone knows what to do and what is expected of them. Then, Jonas is assigned an unusual role in the community, and suddenly everything around him seems different. It will take all his courage to fulfill his new purpose.
Each book in the series follows the story of a young man or woman forced to struggle against events much larger than themselves. Inspiring and thought-provoking, this quartet is the perfect summer read.