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Son (edition 2012)

by Lois Lowry

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Title:Son
Authors:Lois Lowry
Info:Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (2012), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 400 pages
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Tags:Novel - young adult

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The story is broken in to three parts, Before, Between and Beyond. Claire is a Vessel, she carries a Product but the delivery doesn't go as planned. After the childbirth she is moved to working in the fisheries. She's curious about the child and when she finds him she visits him. Then he disappears and she is determined to find him, she stows away on a ship.

Then she's Between, living in a small fishing village beneath a cliff, trying to recover her memory after the ship capsized and learning how to live in this different culture, where she encounters things she never knew before. One of the villagers once climbed the cliff and was left crippled, but he teaches her to climb and what she finds at the top will change her life and the life of her family forever.

It's interesting but I found that the ending left me wanting more. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Jun 4, 2015 |
Emotions and relationships are major influences in our daily lives. Can you imagine a world where the very things that shape our lives are stripped away? In Lois Lowry’s book "Son", the reader is drawn into this strange new world where words like “love” and “joy” don’t exist.

The main character, Claire, draws the reader into the story. It is her dissatisfaction and struggle with the way things are that allows a reader to enter into a world so controlled that not even emotions are allowed to exist.

When Claire begins to fight against society’s ideal, the reader feels her struggle. Lowry uses Claire to evoke the very emotions in the reader that she has been prevented from feeling. And when Claire finally escapes into a different world, the reader breathes a sigh of relief; until, they see the cost of what it means to love.

Claire begins searching for the son that she was refused to love. But just how far will this mother go to restore a relationship with the son she only got to know in secret; a son who probably doesn’t even remember her.

Despite obstacles and many pains, both physical and emotional, Claire continues to search and yearn for the son she never got the chance to know. Eventually her journey brings her face to face with the Tradesmaster. Through Lowry’s descriptions of him the reader almost recoils at the look and smell of the foul man. And although this man is a fictional character, the reader can’t help but sense something familiar about the man who will give you what you truly want… but for a price.

This novel explores what it’s really like to love, lose, fight and come face to face with our deepest fears. What lengths will Claire go to in order to reunite with a son she lost years ago, one who has little to no memory of ever having a mother? Is what Claire desires most worth the price she has to pay in order to get it? Just read Lois Lowry’s book, Son, to find out. ( )
  kvelin | Apr 19, 2015 |
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The book “Son”, by Lois Lowry has something in common with the book “Moon Over Manifest” by Claire Vanderpool. In the book "son", Claire (a character) has to keep her secret of being Gabe's mother secret and it hurts her. She stays hidden and she watches over Gabe without anyone finding out that she is his mother. She keeps the secret until she is about to die and then she tells Gabe indirectly. In the book "Moon Over Manifest", by Claire Vanderpool, Miss Sadie has to keep the secret that she is Ned's real mother and Ned ends up dying at war. She never got the chance to tell him and No one knows but she and, now, Abilene. ( )
  sofiairene2014 | Apr 13, 2015 |
Great ending to a great 4- book series! ( )
  sandra.k.heinzman | Apr 2, 2015 |
Great ending to a great 4- book series! ( )
  sandra.k.heinzman | Apr 2, 2015 |
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They called her Water Claire. When she washed up on their shore, no one knew that she came from a society where emotions and colors didn’t exist. That she had become a Vessel at age thirteen. That she had carried a Product at age fourteen. That it had been stolen from her body. Claire had a son. But what became of him she never knew. What was his name? Was he even alive?  She was supposed to forget him, but that was impossible. Now Claire will stop at nothing to find her child, even if it means making an unimaginable sacrifice.

Son thrusts readers once again into the chilling world of the Newbery Medal winning book, The Giver, as well as Gathering Blue and Messenger where a new hero emerges. In this thrilling series finale, the startling and long-awaited conclusion to Lois Lowry’s epic tale culminates in a final clash between good and evil.

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Unlike the other Birthmothers in her utopian community, teenaged Claire forms an attachment to her baby, feeling a great loss when he is taken to the Nurturing Center to be adopted by a family unit.

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