Tomorrow I leave for BlogHer, and I’ve got the “I’m going to be in a big place full of people I don’t know” jitters. I’ve been in this situation a million times, and it’s always the same. When I was a kid and I went to camp, I spent the first 2 days writing my mom 17 letters about how I HATED it and I WANTED TO GO HOME. Then (despite my best efforts) I actually made some friends, had some fun, and loved it. So here’s to hoping I make some friends quickly, and don’t feel like an out of place dork!
ON to the substance of this post: The Giver.
The Giver is Lois Lowry’s Newberry Award winning classic-dystopian future YA novel. (Was dystopian a “classic” YA subgenre at the time she wrote it? I don’t know. That’s not today’s question.) It’s thought provoking, and paced well so that the strange, frighteningly calm future society does not overwhelm the reader all at once. It gradually dips in to questions of autonomy, and risk, and social good. And then as soon as the pace of the novel really gets going, IT ENDS.
I got to the last page, and was exasperated! HOW could this be the end! About 2/3 of the entire story is still left out there! I’ve got so many questions about the world! The characters! Everything! Apparently there are 2 more books that come afterward, but the summaries suggest that they don’t entirely wrap up the plotline of the first book.
PLEASE SOMEONE GIVE ME ASSURANCE THAT MY QUESTIONS ARE ANSWERED IN THE NEXT BOOK! Sigh.