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Son (4) (Giver Quartet) Paperback – May 6, 2014
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—Kirkus, starred review
"Lowry is one of those rare writers who can craft stories as meaningful as they are enticing."
—Booklist, starred review
"Son is a tender conclusion to this memorable story, and definitely the best of the books in this sequence since The Giver itself."
—School Library Journal, starred review
"The strength of this novel is its compassionate portrait of a mother's commitment to her lost child."
"In the completely absorbing opening, Lowry transports readers back to the horrifying world from which Jonas came."
“A consummate stylist, Lowry handles it all magnificently: the leaps in time, the shifts in perspective, the moments of extreme emotion — fear, joy, sadness — all conveyed in unadorned prose that seizes the heart. Give this book to your child, your grandmother, your senator, your neighbor: It’s a bipartisan tale for our times.”
—The Washington Post
“Lois Lowry's Son [is] a gripping end to the Giver series”
—The Los Angeles Times
“It's the kind of book that will stay with you for days as you wonder about what it says about human nature, society, and the future of society.”
"A quiet, sorrowful, deeply moving exploration of the powers of empathy and the obligations of love."
—The New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Lois Lowry is the author of more than forty books for children and young adults, including the New York Times bestselling Giver Quartet and popular Anastasia Krupnik series. She has received countless honors, among them the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the California Young Reader’s Medal, and the Mark Twain Award. She received Newbery Medals for two of her novels, Number the Stars and The Giver. Her first novel, A Summer to Die, was awarded the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award. Ms. Lowry lives in Maine.
- Publisher : HMH Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (May 6, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0544336259
- ISBN-13 : 978-0544336254
- Reading age : 12 years and up
- Grade level : 7 - 9
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.04 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Schooler read this. If she would have left out that revelation would have been fine. Why why why???? So disappointed- no need to even write that .
"Son" is divided into three sections, which are set in three different communities. The first part moved quickly, and the reader begins to recognize who the characters are in relation to the prior books in Lowry's series. The middle section dragged a bit, with a little too much tedious detail about Claire's decision and preparation for setting out to find her son, but the third part wraps up the story nicely. In this book, Lowry ties the characters from The Giver , Gathering Blue , and Messenger together in a satisfying way. I do like the strong family ties that Lowry depicts in the last three books, an element which the community in "The Giver" was intentionally lacking. I'm looking forward to the upcoming movie of "The Giver," which is scheduled to hit theaters in August!
I will say that the ending was lacking for me. It doesn’t leave you guessing, but I would have preferred just a bit more of the story. I needed a little more to give me closure.
Being a Mom helped me identify with Claire, but I think that she is so well written anyone can become attached to her.
It really is a tie as to whether Messenger or Son is my favorite of the 4 books.
Top reviews from other countries
We are introduced to Claire from Jonas’s community so this book goes back in time to when Jonas was a boy. With a chilling nod to Margaret Atwood’s “Handmaid’s Tale”, we learn of Claire’s designation as a birthmother the moment she is of childbearing age at the ceremony of the twelves, and her her re-designation as a worker at the fishery when a complication arises from her first birth. Her bond with her son is touching and for the first part of the book, the reader feels for her as she tries to reconnect in whatever way she can without betraying who she is.
Then rather abruptly, Claire is transported to another community, one that is much more backward and idyllic. But we know Claire has a quest that she must undertake and for a rather long segment, we see the details of her training to go on this quest. While it is well-written, I felt that this portion caused the story to sag, so that when she finally embarks on it, we are nearing two-thirds of the book, and i felt a little anxious that there would not be time for a fulfilling resolution, and in some way, my fears were realised. The climactic scene was much abbreviated in comparison to Claire’s training, which could have been dealt with more sparingly.
As a concluding chapter on this rather engaging series, I felt a bit let down that the series never quite hit the same high note as the first book. Nonetheless, I would still recommend any young readers to get hold of this series.
Claire was taken from the sea and accepted in the small village, an old woman Aly's looked after her, the village was cut off from the outside world, the only way out was to climb a very high cliff, for Claire she had to do this if she was ever to find Gabriel
It's interesting, but without spoiling, there are pages and pages of description to do with a journey that Claire, the main character of this book, is needing to take. it got to the point where I was skim reading as it was so slow. Then when we get to the last third, where the story comes together and we meet Gabe and Jonas and catch up with their story, well it races through, and a major event is set up and happens within a page or two. Gabe is such a delightful, lively and interesting character, and I felt very cheated having had to read such detailed descriptions of new characters and situations that just weren't as compelling or satisfying to read. I also felt Jonas and his motivations wasn't as developed as he could be.
Having said all that, if you want to know what happens, it's absolutely worth reading, and these stories are all lovely and well written. I've been going through a teen dystopia phase, and compared to the Divergent books this is King Lear.