Son

Son

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin, x2012
Description: 393 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780547887203
0547887205
Branch Call Number: TEEN Lowr

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Monarch_47
Nov 06, 2020

This was an amazing ending to an amazing series! Loved it!

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AJGrant129
Sep 26, 2020

I checked this book out because I loved the Giver, but Son was extremely disappointing.

First of all, Claire is 14 when she has Gabe, which was kind of weird. And it wasn't like she had a choice, because the government assigned her the job. It was kind of sweet when Gabe, who was staying with Jonas' family, started to recognize her, but she only got to see him every three months or so.

Secondly, when Claire washes up on the ocean village after falling off a ship she stays for at least four years trying to regain her memories and figure out a way to get over the cliffs to find her baby. A third of the book was devoted to this time, and a lot of characters were introduced that didn't add to the story whatsoever, it was just confusing and a lot could have been cut out. And three chapters were solely explaining exactly how she climbed the cliff.

Thirdly, when she meets the Tradesmaster in order to go on she has to trade her youth! So even when she finds Gabriel (a young boy now), Jonas, and Kira (from Gathering Blue), she can't even tell her son anything because she is an old woman. She spends seven years like this, just watching! It's really weird, because at heart she is still in her early twenties.
The ending was also to quick for such a big book. There was a climax, but the resolution was only a few paragraphs making it feel very rushed and abrupt.

In all I think Son was an interesting book, but could have been done much better as a story that stood alone, and not worth all the time it takes to read. It feels like Lowry only wrote it because the first one did so well. I would recommend that you read Giver and just ignore Son.

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pre_0
Jul 31, 2020

This is an amazing book! It is about a girl called Claire who gives birth to a child. It is a very lovely book. It is even better if you read The Giver before this because it has a connection. I think Lois Lowery did an amazing job.

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kyang_91
Jul 19, 2020

In this succeeding novel of The Giver, a young woman named Claire gives birth to a boy who was taken away from her due to his inability to “thrive.” This novel is separated into three individual sections, each section focusing on Claire’s journey to save her lost child. In Book 1, Claire sets out on an adventure to Elsewhere in search of her lost child. In Book 2, she gets shipwrecked on an island and the residents of the island tell her to scale a cliff, which only one person has done before, to reach the Trademaster, who would show her the location of her child. After completing the climb, she agrees to trade her youth to the Trademaster in order to find her son. In Book 3, Jonas and Gabe have been successfully living in Elsewhere for several years. Gabe knows that Claire has been looking for him, but he does not know the relation he has with her, and they eventually seek Trademaster to duel him. This novel explores the dark sacrifices and effort one will do in order to save a loved one. However, it also shows the importance of unity and communality within a society, as it was the lack of this that made the community take away Claire’s child from her, just because he wasn’t able to “thrive.” It was because of this that eventually made Claire lose her youth and many lost years of life.

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carolwu96
Jun 09, 2020

In contrast to those in the first three novels in the series, the protagonist in the last story does not have a Gift.⁣
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Claire is the mother of Gabe from The Giver. Assigned to be a Birth Mother for the community, Claire is supposed to have no maternal feelings for her “product.”⁣

Except she does. When Jonas and Gabe disappear at the end of The Giver, she embarks on the long journey to recover her son. But in order to find him, she has to make a deal with the notorious Trademaster.⁣
Well isn’t this awkward. I complain about the disjointedness between the first and second books, and the third book swoops in and fills the gap. I complain that the ending of The Messenger had been too simple, but it turns out the troubles did not really end!⁣
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The ending of The Son reminds me of IT2. But while I had found the latter’s ending a little absurd, this one actually makes sense. ⁣⁣
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While Claire technically is not “gifted,” the courage she demonstrates as a mother has pushed her to (literally) climb mountains and cross oceans. Gabe’s filial devotion is also touching, and I also love the way the previous protagonists came together for this one, piecing together puzzles from our previous worlds to build a coherent and logical picture. ⁣⁣
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I should have refrained from making a judgement until I finished all the books. This is really a situation where 1+1+1+1 >4!

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MarcusStroman6
Jul 16, 2019

A very thrilling ending to The Giver quartet. Kind of creepy at the end. probably only suitable for 10 years old and up. I do also think some questions also should be answered. I think we need to know what happened to 'the community' and the village where Kira and Matty grew up.

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ReadingNightOwl
Dec 18, 2018

Son is the 4th book of the Giver quartet and ties the first and second book completely together while adding a new and important character. This book was really good and I encourage others to read this book if they have read the other 3. If you have not, I encourage you to read them. Lois Lowry did a great job with writing these books.

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Angie177
Apr 29, 2018

Son is truly my favorite book of the Giver quartet. The author, Lois Lowry, does an amazing job at laying out the story in a way that it makes sense yet is still so complex and captivating. She also does a great job of writing the story in a way that you really understand the emotions of each character and feel like you, yourself, is with the characters and going through the same struggles and battles that each character faces. This book answers many questions some might have from reading the previous books. The book is somewhat, quite long but I wouldn't necessarily say thats a bad thing, as there is so much description and shaping of every character and the entire story in general, so you can undertand and connect with the book. 10/10 would recommend reading this.

DBRL_KrisA Aug 10, 2017

I enjoyed this final book in the Giver series. It wraps up quite a few of the questions I had from the previous three books. The description of Gabe's longing for a mother, for a family, had me crying in Dairy Queen. But I have a few (fairly major) quibbles - some with this book and others with the series as a whole.
As I said, Son answers most of my questions from the previous books. But I still feel the author left some things unresolved: like what happens to the Community after Jonas and Gabe (and Claire) leave? When Matty and the blind man leave Kira behind in the village (in Gathering Blue) it's so that Kira can change the system from within; when we meet her again in Messenger, the village has improved, but the author has said nothing about how this came about. There are instances of this throughout the four books - places where there is a major change needing to be made - and the next time we encounter that place or that situation, it has been magically resolved, but with no explanation for the reader.
My other, major complaint has to do with the Gifts. The Giver was pretty straightforward science fiction; yes, there was the pseudo-magical issue of Jonas's connection to the Giver, but overall the story was basic post-apocalyptic sci-fi. With Gathering Blue, Kira's and Thomas's Gifts are central to the story, but it's still pretty normal sci-fi. With Messenger, we add Leader's and Matty's Gifts and the supernatural nature of the Trademaster, along with the very magical nature of the book's resolution, and by Son there's all kinds of magical, supernatural aspects. But I enjoyed more the parts that didn't have that supernatural element: the Community in The Giver, the northern village where Claire washes up in Son.

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Booksss14
Jul 14, 2017

I finished the Giver Quartet at last, after meaning to do so for months. I especially liked this last book, Son. It was so much better than Gathering Blue and only a little bit better than Messenger. It had so many things that it wrapped up after wondering about them for weeks. I love this one mostly because I could identify with the main character, Claire, and how much she wanted her baby boy. Very well written series and I recommend it to anyone! Absolutely anyone!

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Jun 20, 2015

It will help when you learn them. Fear dims when you learn things.

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“Fear dims when you learn things.”

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Jun 20, 2015

“It be better, I think, to climb out in search of something, instead of hating, what you're leaving.”

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“Evil can do anything, for a price.”

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123_its_me
Dec 29, 2012

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.

By the way, it's the fourth book to the Giver series.

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