Son by Lois Lowry

They called her Water Claire. When she washed up on their shore, no one knew that she came from a society where emotions and colors didn’t exist. That she had become a Vessel at age thirteen. That she had carried a Product at age fourteen. That it had been stolen from her body. Claire had a son. But what became of him she never knew. What was his name? Was he even alive? She was supposed to forget him, but that was impossible. Now Claire will stop at nothing to find her child, even if it means making an unimaginable sacrifice. Son thrusts readers once again into the chilling world of the Newbery Medal winning book, The Giver, as well as Gathering Blue and Messenger where a new hero emerges. In this thrilling series finale, the startling and long-awaited conclusion to Lois Lowry’s epic tale culminates in a final clash between good and evil.

As some of you may know, I have mixed feelings about The Giver quartet. On one hand, they are great stories with very likable characters. On the other hand, they can have a slow start and be hard to keep along with due to quick character perspective changes. Son had both of these things. But it has to be my favorite book in the quartet.

Let me tell you why.

Meet Claire. A young girl who has grown up in a world of no choices, no love, and no freedom. It’s all emotionless and life is about nothing more then being as effective and productive as can be. When she turns 12, she, and all the rest of the kids turning 12, gets their job. They will get to know what they will do for the rest of their young lives until they get old. Claire can’t wait. She’s expecting a high-end job that will make her parents as proud of her as they are of her older brother, who works in law and order. So when Claire gets her job, she is none too happy.

Birthmother.

Claire’s purpose in life is going to be to get pregnant (in a genetically produced way that just requires a shot in the arm). She will have no contact to the outside world for a few years while she births up to three children. She’s 14 when the book opens up and she is having her first child. A son.

If you’ve read the first three books, you may be able to easily place together her life, and especially who her so- I mean new child, is.

What I liked about this book is how it incorporated all of the main characters (and some lesser ones) from the past 3 books into this one. Jonas. Gabriel. Kira. They are all here.

I also like Claire. Her personality makes her so likable. She is determined. Strong. Motivated. All good qualities to look for in a female protagonist. And what makes this whole series different from a lot of ones is that it is not focused on a romance or love triangle. Phew. I never thought we would get out of that phase.

But this book is also a lot darker and scarier then all the rest, thanks to the trade master. He brings a darkness and violent element to the books that I never expected.

In the end, this darker book is my new favorite in the series, brining back all my favorite, lovable characters while adding some new ones. I felt it was a perfect ending for the series, though it did continue with the feeling that their should be more to it. As if there should be 5 books. I guess Lois Lowry is leaving the rest up to the imagination of the reader.

-Lilian-

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