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Son (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 thirty 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 now divides her time between Cambridge and an 1840s farmhouse in Maine. To learn more about Lois Lowry, see her website at loislowry.com or follow her on Twitter @LoisLowryWriter.
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The last third, I was very disappointed by. I felt that Lowry was using cheap ploys that writers often resort to in order to drum up difficulty (ex: Character needs to tell someone something incredibly important, but rather than say it outright, they say "I'll tell you tomorrow this really important thing," and then inevitably something happens tomorrow that prevents the people from having the discussion.) I even felt that the climax was very by-the-numbers.
An accident at sea throws Claire off her course, stranding her in a nautical village - stuck between a treacherous sea and perilous mountain. With the help of the village outcast, she gains the stregnth and skill to find her way over the mountain, and back on course to finding her son, until she is faced with a decision: if she ever hopes to find him, she must give up a part of herself.
The second part of the book was nearly as good. Claire's gradual recovering of her memories is heart-wrenching to read. The friendship and tension between Claire and Einar is another strong point of this section, as is watching her strengthen herself for the coming climb. I would have to agree with another reviewer, though, that once Claire reached the top and met Trademaster, that there was a let-down. I was disappointed in the trade that Claire made, because she had worked so incredibly hard to get up to this point.
In part three, the pacing of the book seems to slow down. I would have liked to have read more of Claire's perspective in this section. Gabe's development and realization of his power and the secret of Claire seemed to be a bit rushed at the end. I guess I had hoped that Gabe would veer into Claire and feel her love for him. The ending of the book was fabulous, though! It surprised me, in a way, but it was a good surprise. The ending paragraphs were poignant and really resolved the entire series for me. Even with a few gripes, I loved this book!
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