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The Giver Quartet Omnibus by [Lois Lowry]

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00K4JW31Q
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Clarion Books (July 1, 2014)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 1, 2014
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 11041 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 787 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Series! Satisfying Conclusion
By Healthy FitMom on July 29, 2016
"The Giver Quartet" by Lois Lowry answers many questions I had after reading "The Giver" years ago. The simplicity of the themes and writing is charming. You know you are reading something special when you can't put it down.

"The Giver" follows Jonas, a young boy in a seemingly utopian society. He lives in a world without sadness or suffering. One may think such a world would be paradise, but the price is a society without emotion, creativity, or even color. The idea of "Sameness" is controlled through mandatory medication and strict guidelines. Jonas is chosen to be the Receiver of Memories, working with The Giver to pass on knowledge of the past. Once he is given a glance into a world full of important events, feelings, and beauty, he comes to realize that the dystopian society he is a part of is not enough.

The second story in the series, "Gathering Blue" follows Kira, an orphaned child with a deformity. The society that Jonas was from seems like nirvana compared to her village. Typically, the weak are cast aside into The Field where fierce Beasts prey. Kira begins to prove her worth through embroidery, a talent that she learned from her mother. As she learns to dye her threads, Kira realizes that the color blue cannot be found. Just as in "The Giver," Kira uncovers dark secrets that haunt her village.

I was disappointed after reading "Gathering Blue" because there was no connection between the first and second in the series. Do not be discouraged; all of the stories being to come together in the next installment.

"Messenger" picks up within a few years after both "The Giver" and "Gathering Blue." Matty, a boy from the second story, discovers that he has mystical abilities as uses them to bring messages back and forth between his village and the places beyond The Forest. He is the first person that has been known to make it through the unforgiving forest. Matty is suddenly given a purpose and his will to survive for himself, his supporters, and their ambitions which unleashes a fierceness in him.

"Son" comes full circle providing a different perspective of the society from "The Giver." Claire is a young woman chosen to be a Birthmother, whose only duty is to bear children. Most in the community look down upon this profession and Claire is initially disappointed. The birth of her son changes her perspective and his existence becomes her passion. The last book in the series is thrilling and keeps the reader guessing until the end.

The conclusion itself is satisfying, although it left me with some unanswered questions. The fate of a few important supporting characters and villages are left to the imagination. There are some individuals from "Gathering Blue" in particular that I was sure would make additional appearances, but I never learned what happened. This was frustrating since I had come to care about them and, good or bad, I wanted to know what had become of them.
This aspect does not destroy the series as a whole for me. I enjoyed reading and would recommend!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent set of interweaving stories that keep you curious throughout
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 14, 2015
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5.0 out of 5 stars So Far So Good
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 23, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is such a beautiful edition. It's has silver hardback cover
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 1, 2016
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 10, 2015
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