- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 - 9
- Lexile Measure: 720L (What's this?)
- Series: Giver Quartet (Book 4)
- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (October 2, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780547887203
- ISBN-13: 978-0547887203
- ASIN: 0547887205
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,466 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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"Son" started out promisingly, but the last parts of book were very disappointing. While the book started out in the same dystopian setting as "the Giver", the last two parts of the story departed into extreme fantasy and extremely unrealistic elements. And left all sorts of questions about the original setting for the Giver, unanswered - so very unsatisfying. (SPOILER ALERT)
In Son -- there are settings that seem totally unreal (a village that grows up behind a virtually insurmountable barrier separating it from the outside world and making it almost impossible to ever escape without years of extreme physical endurance training). And wildly supernatural elements are introduced (a character who can INSTANTY grant any wishes -- e.g., changed physical appearance, a material possession, a specific spouse, finding something lost, etc. -- and can also supernaturally and instantly take away people's looks, honor, youth, or other physical or character qualities. Just way too wild to accept. I was also disappointed that the village Jonas had escaped to - instead of providing answers, ended up just being a village made up of various refugees / escapees from various dysfunctional societies.
It would have been so satisfying to understand how the society in "The Giver" had originally come about, what other communities were like, what the outside world was like (e.g., in "Son" - the people who came on boats to deliver supplies were apparently from the ordinary world. How were they involved in delivering supplies to the dystopian world of the Giver?) Also, when Jonas left his society in "The Giver", the hope had been that the society he left might experience change and freedom through the restoration of memories (that were to come back to them after Jonas left). It would have been so interesting to go back and see if the society had changed. But "Son" didn't give any indication that this would ever happen.
"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!
The first part introduces us to Claire, a young girl in the community from The Giver, who has been chosen to conceive children for the community. She has complications during birth and is not the same after. I really liked being back in this community. The timeline coincides with events in The Giver, so it was fun to remember the original story and see events from a different perspective.
I won't go into details of the second and third parts, as to not spoil you. I will say, though, that they each take place in different communities and one of them may be a community from the second or third books. The third part of the book does a good job connecting all four books together. It makes me want to reread all four books in order to have each character fresh in my mind.
Some of the gifts that characters possess in the latter three books in this series feel very different than The Giver. After reading the first book, I didn't think these characters lived in a world of magic. There is also an unusual personification near the end that didn't feel right to me.
Since this book takes place over many years, many interesting characters are introduced. Lowry did an excellent job with making unique characters in all three communities.
This book is not The Giver, but if you have read the other books in the series you will in no way be disappointed. Don't expect a short, simple story going into this. The story is not simple, nor linear. Its a complex life story of a very interesting character. I give this conclusion to The Giver Quartet a 4/5.