Review: Son by Lois Lowry
Author: Lois Lowry
Release: October 2012
Series: The Giver #4
Source: Personal library
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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.
As of late, I have been devouring each of the books in the Giver series faster than you can say Utopian world. Each novel has been building up to the pinnacle, the last novel in the series that would finally tie together all of the main characters from each of the Utopian locations: Son.
I will admit that I felt slight trepidation about reading Son. I had no idea how each of the characters would be brought to the same place and how their stories would tie together. But somehow, Lois Lowry managed to do it with this thrilling conclusion of the series.
The story of Claire aka Water Claire is a heart-wrenching one. Through her eyes, readers are able to see just how severe the damage of her society was along with the evils of the ultimate arch villain: Trademaster.
We are introduced to some new characters and receive visits from some old favorites. There are new communities as well as the familiar ones from novels past. Each character has an intricately woven past that somehow manages to connect them all together through one main characteristic: love.
While there are some things about this novel that I wish would have come to fruition (mostly the relationship and love that blossomed between Claire and Einar,) I enjoyed this book and found it to be a wonderful conclusion to a truly remarkable series.
While this is a young adult novel, there are depictions of graphic images (mainly the description of horrible wounds sustained by some of the characters) so this may not be suitable for younger readers. I would recommend it for readers 12 and up.