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Friday, December 14, 2012

Son - Lois Lowry

Son by Lois Lowry is the final book in The Giver quartet.

I originally read and fell in love with The Giver in Junior High when we read it as assigned reading. The dystopian community where children and adults were expected to adhere to strict standards fascinated and horrified me. The disturbing truth of the many seemingly clean procedures in the book made me start digging deeper. And Jonas's courage gave me hope.

The sequel Gathering Blue involved a separate community that was just as disturbing as Jonas's. This one involved a young woman named Kira, who risked everything to do what she felt was right, just like Jonas.

The Messenger, the third in the series, takes place in a remote village that is nearly utopian. After much debate, the village decides to close itself off from outsiders. While this novel, too, carries a strong moral message, it simply didn't contain the same wonder of the previous two.

Son gathers characters from the previous books, including Jonas, Kira, and Gabe to bring the story to a final conclusion. Claire, a birthmother, loses her son to the community and must deal with her loss. The story of Claire's determination through her journey and many trials is admirable.

While the author did a good job of taking many threads from the previous novels and making them into a cohesive storyline for this final book, it seemed like it didn't all fit together quite right. It seemed like Lowry hadn't planned for this to happen, and I found from research that Lowry had indeed originally intended The Giver to be a stand alone novel.

While I felt that this novel was a disappointment as a conclusion to the 'quartet', I felt that as a stand alone novel, it was enjoyable.

Books in this series:
The Giver
Gathering Blue
The Messenger

Recommended Reads:
Earthsea Trilogy Ursula K. Le Guin
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Divergent by Veronica Roth

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