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Son by Lois Lowry

Son (edition 2012)

by Lois Lowry

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Authors:Lois Lowry
Info:Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (2012), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 400 pages
Collections:Your library, Young Adult
Tags:fiction, young adult, futuristic, book 4, magical, Claire, Jonah, Matty, Kira

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Son is the final book in the series and, as much as I enjoyed this series, this book left me with mixed feelings. There were new characters and old, which led to both new story lines and resolutions to existing ones. But some of the messages in this one struck me as a little off.

This book is split into three sections, following several years in the life of Claire. The first part takes us back to places we have been before, going back in time a bit to about the time when Jonas' story began. As a mother, her story in this section touched me, heart and soul. The second part of the story takes place in a new society, a society in which Claire is almost as a child. It is the story of Jonas, had we been with him in his time of transition from the world that he left in The Giver until we met him again in Messenger. The third part of the story is the one that ties all of the various story lines of the series together. In this part, we remeet a lot of the characters from other books and many of the subplots are brought to the foreground.

The first three books showed us three very different utopian/dystopian worlds, worlds with different values, priorities, and issues. As someone obsessed with cultural anthopology, I loved this premise. I loved that it made me question my own thoughts and beliefs. But I felt like that was greatly lacking in this book. The society from the second section wasn't really created like the others; it was just sort of there, like a place filler. By the time she made it to the society that we first met in Messenger, that group was largely healed. There was little conflict to be seen. That came from an outside force that needed to be battled in the traditional good versus evil battle. But none of this happened until very late in the book, making the entire thing feel a bit rushed. And the conclusion itself really left me feeling a bit unfulfilled. The previous books were deep, full of questions about human nature, choices, sacrifice, priorities, and values. The conclusion just seemed rather anticlimatic and a little banal in comparison.

The other thing I had hoped for was answers. I wanted to know what happened to the other societies. Did they change? Did they get worse or better? The only one that we ever really saw any transformation in was the one of Messenger and the last portion of Son, the society of outcasts.

Things to love...

--Revisiting places and characters.
--Getting answers to some of the questions from other books.

Things I wanted more/less of...

--More depth to the resolution.
--More resolution about the other societies.

My Recommendation: While it may have been my least favorite of the series, it is still a good read and a relatively satisfying conclusion to the series. I gave it 4.5 mugs. ( )
  Kiki870 | Oct 28, 2014 |
Summary: Claire never really had any plans for her future, but she was still disappointed when she was selected to be a Birth Mother at her Ceremony of Twelves - despite her parents' reassurances, everyone knows Birth Mother is not a particularly prestigious job. But when her first pregnancy goes wrong, and they have to cut the Product out of her, soon she doesn't even have that to hang onto. She's transferred to a new job, but she makes a secret vow that she will one day find her baby - her son. But that path is longer than even she could have realized, because her baby is Gabe, the infant that Jonas took with him when he fled the Community. Claire must leave as well, but how will she find her way in a world that's unlike anything she's ever experienced?

Review: The action in this book takes place in three sections - one with Claire in the Community, as she's a young woman, one where she is living in a pre-industrial village and suffering from amnesia regarding her former life, and then the third where she has encountered the Tradesmaster and come to the town where Jonas and Kira and Gabe are now living. So this book echos the three books that came before, in a way, and my opinions about this book tally fairly well with my opinions about those books.

Specifically, the first two parts were pretty enjoyable. It was interesting to see another side of the Community other than Jonas's, and although I still have issues with "how things got to be this way", I was able to suspend disbelief enough to just go with the story most of the time. The second part was equally interesting, nice to see Claire grow up and learn to interact with the people around her. However, a lot of this part is taken up by what, in the movie version of this book, would be condensed into a training montage, so I thought that could have been a little quicker.

It's the third part where things went awry, much like the third book that I really didn't care for. In theory, I don't mend the melding of sci-fi and fantasy, but so much of this book (and the ones before it) is spent building this dystopian world (or worlds, in the various villages), that all of a sudden you toss in some magic, and some magical realism, and some woo-woo blathering about the human spirit or something, and that's where you lose me. This book, and the series as a whole, would have been so much better if the Trademaster didn't exist. But as is, I enjoyed the first two thirds of the book - they're not perfect, but they're enjoyable - and then I spent the last third rolling my eyes out of my head. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Recommendation: Better than I thought it was going to be (translation: better than Messenger), and fans of The Giver will enjoy it for sure. It needs to be read after The Giver for sure, but would probably be understandable without reading Gathering Blue or Messenger - it'd been years since I'd read them and I'd forgotten most of the details, and I still followed along just fine. ( )
  fyrefly98 | Oct 2, 2014 |
What a perfect ending to the world of the Giver. Lois Lowry ending the book with so much creativty. Nothing in this book was a let down and it was a great way to get the answers that we wanted for so long. ( )
  jaelynculliford | Oct 1, 2014 |
In 1993, Lois Lowry gave us “The Giver,” in which we learned of a society governed by rules and lack of personal choice. In 2000, we read of a futuristic society which shunned the weak in “Gathering Blue.” When Lowry published “The Messenger” in 2004, evil made its debut into these societies. Nineteen years later, we now have “Son,” the final book in the Giver quartet, Lowry combines all the beloved characters of her first three books, weaving their lives together to create one final thrilling read.

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  ShouldIReadIt | Sep 26, 2014 |
Claire's son is "Abe" (Gabe from The Giver). Claire is a Birthmother. However, something goes wrong during Abe's birth and she is no longer allowed to be a Birthmother and begins working at the hatchery. Somehow in this process, the people in charge neglect to get her started on the pills that everyone takes at the onset of puberty. The pills, she discovers, are what numbs everyone to feelings, and her lack of pills is why she misses and wants her son.

Jonas (from The Giver) kidnaps Abe in order to save his life. Claire, not realizing why Abe was taken, is upset and hops aboard a boat and is taken to sea. She ends up shipwrecked at a new village, suffering from memory loss. All she can remember is her name.

She becomes a member of the new community, but they quickly discover that in some ways she is far advanced, yet in other ways knows less than a small child (she doesn't know her colors and is afraid of all animals). When her memory starts to return, she realizes she had a son... some in the new community look down on her because she had not been married. They did not understand the "assignments" from where she came from. There are some that understand though, and want to help her find her son.

One curious part is when she figures out she can read and they do not know how to read. She quickly hides that knowledge. I'm interested to see if it comes up again (it doesn't)

Something odd that I keep thinking about is how where she came from the weather can be controlled... and how colors do not exist. Also, no animals? Anywhere? But the comfort toys are always a type of animal, which seems odd. You would think that would raise some questions

When Claire leaves to find her son, she encounters the Trademaster from a previous book and trades her youth. She does get to find her son but does not reveal who she is to him because now she is old, and she doesn't think he will believe her story. She finally talks to Jonas and reveals who she is. Jonas believes her and finally they tell Gabe who she is. At this point though, Claire is on her deathbed and the only thing that will save her is Gabe confronting and killing the Trademaster. Gabe succeeds and her youth is restored, happy ending for all.

I have to say, I was a little disappointed in this book. I re-read the giver trilogy, now quartet, so I could be fresh on the story. The idea behind the various books and the story overall is good, but the Trademaster parts felt lacking to me. I expected a little more when it came to the scene where Gabriel confronted the Trademaster. We know he has the gift of veering (seeing into people), but the way he defeats the Trademaster felt lacking. Maybe I wanted more detail and the author wanted to keep it simple, but it seemed almost too simple for how evil the Trademaster was.

In comparison to how long it took Claire to train to leave to find her son, and how long Gabe spent messing on the boat he was building and testing it out, it seemed like the scenes with the Trademaster were skimmed over, very brief and held less detail. More time was spent recounting what the Trademaster did in a previous book, than Gabe defeating him once and for all. I won't say I didn't like this book, because it does provide closure to the story, however, it felt more like an obligatory closure more than anything else. ( )
  recipe_addict | Sep 21, 2014 |
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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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