Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Drawing characters and themes from The Giver and its companions, Gathering Blue and Messenger, Lowry concludes her Giver Quartet nearly 20 years after the Newbery Medal winning first book was published. The story is divided into three sections, and in the completely absorbing opening, Lowry transports readers back to the horrifying world from which Jonas came. The spotlight is on 14-year-old Claire, a Birthmother who is given an emergency Caesarean to save 'the Product.' The child survives, but Claire is coldly 'decertified' and sent to work elsewhere, mystified as to what happened to her and her baby. Those familiar with The Giver will feel the pieces fall into place as Claire figures out which Product is hers and tracks his progress. Part two details Claire's decade-long struggle to remember who she is, and it suffers slightly from having a main character afflicted with a well-worn plot device (amnesia); the final third reunites characters from all three previous novels for a showdown with evil incarnate. If the latter sections don't quite keep up with the thrilling revelations of the first, Lowry still ties together these stories in a wholly satisfying way. Ages 12 – up. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Written with powerful, moving simplicity, Claire's story stands on its own, but as the final volume in this iconic quartet, it holistically reunites characters, reprises provocative socio-political themes, and offers a transcending message of tolerance and hope. Bravo!" 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." Horn Book
"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." YPulse.com
"A quiet, sorrowful, deeply moving exploration of the powers of empathy and the obligations of love." The New York Times Book Review
Son is the long-awaited and compelling conclusion to The Giver Quartet, a true sequel to Lowry's Newbery Medal-winning The Giver.
Told in three separate storylines, Son ties the first three books of The Giver Quartet together — The Giver, Gathering Blue,
— into one breath-taking and thought-provoking story.
Thrust back into the dark, claustrophobic world of The Giver, we meet a compelling new heroine, fourteen year old Claire, and see another view of this dystopian community. We also meet Jonas from The Giver once again, and Kira, the heroine of Gathering Blue. In a final clash between good and evil, a new hero emerges.
The thrilling and long-awaited conclusion to the Giver Quartet.
About the Author
Lois Lowry is known for her versatility and invention as a writer. She was born in Hawaii and grew up in New York, Pennsylvania, and Japan. After several years at Brown University, she turned to her family and to writing. She is the author of more than thirty books for young adults, including the 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 Readers 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 Associations 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 www.loislowry.com.