I believe that Lowry's novel, The Giver, was making the point that utopian societies are really like any other underneath--that utopian societies don't really exist even if we wish they would. She was quite successful, I think, or the book would not provoke the questions and interpretations it has. I also think it is a current book as we watch many countries in the "Arab Spring" change their governments. The biggest question for them is what will they change it to? The Giver is a book which asks some of the same questions.