“Son” Lois Lowry

ARC (Advance Reading Copy). To be published October 2, 2012. The Giver #4. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 393 pp.

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.

In her village along the river, twelve-year-old Claire was assigned to become a Birth Mother. After being artificially inseminated the birth of her first child was complicated, so she was reassigned. Unable to forget the child that was taken from her, Claire traced little Gabe to a nursery and spent her free time getting to know him. No one in the village had feelings or independent thoughts as these were destroyed by a daily pill. However, since Claire had not been assigned pills through some sort of clerical error, she found herself falling in love with her son and experiencing feelings of want and loneliness.

When Gabe was taken from the village by Jonas, Claire felt compelled to leave and find him. Along her journey, she lost her memories but would never lose the love a mother feels for her child. “Son” traces her desperate journey to reunite with Gabe once more.

The strangeness of a world where feelings don’t matter, contrasted with the ordinariness of the emotions in a world we take for granted, gives readers of “Son” much food for thought. Once again Lowry has outdone herself, and I expect “Son” will be a 2013 Newbery award candidate. Fans of The Giver series, and students age 11-14, will enjoy reading to its satisfying conclusion.

Advertisements

Author: Mrs. Mac

As a School Librarian, I was Co-Chair of REFORMA's (The National Association to Promote Library Services to the Latinos and Spanish Speaking) CAYASC (Children & Young Adult Services Committee) for 2 yrs. As Co-Chair, I was in charge of all things YA. I have been a member of YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) for many years, and have worked as a school librarian for many years. When I'm not blogging, I like to read, run, race and sing - not necessarily in that order. My blog reviews books I enjoyed (or didn't enjoy), which leaves you to ask yourself "Should I Read it or Not?"

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s