As part of my voluntary writers’ group homework, I was told to read several books in the same genre as my own novel to get a sense of pace, structure, style, and so forth. A book with a strikingly similar word count, series length, genre, and audience is The Giver by Lois Lowry.
I find The Giver and its sequels to be a moving, thought-provoking set of stories for readers of any age. Here are some of my thoughts on the four books in The Giver Quartet.
In an attempt to fill the hole left in my heart since December (when the series ended), I robbed my library of all things Korra-related. This includes two books which novelize the entire first season of the show.
Both Revolution and Endgame are well written, offer insight into the characters’ thoughts and motives, and sprinkle in some new information. The biggest problem with the books is that they are basically just the script for the show novelized. So if you’ve seen the show, which most readers have, you know everything that will happen and you might (if you’re like me) be able to quote the conversations from the first season word-for-word, which can make the dialogue and larger plot feel a bit boring at times.
I wish these books had taken the unique opportunity to expand on Book One: Air‘s story. LoK, which has very short seasons, often must leave things out for the sake of time. This leaves many questions unanswered, questions which could be easily addressed in a canon novel series such as this (much the way ATLA has answered questions through Gene Yang’s graphic novels).
I would still recommend these books to fans of show as a light read or a nice way to recap Book One, but they are far from essential.