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Son by Lois Lowry
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Jul 28, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: ya, dystopia-post-apocalyptic

Lois Lowry's fourth book in the Giver Quartet, is a powerful testament to the love between a mother and her child. The story begins in the dystopian community of The Giver where a Birthmother, Claire, gives birth to Gabe. The Giver focuses on the relationship between Jonas and Gabe while Son is told from Claire's point of view. Claire has given birth to Gabe, but everything has gone wrong: she had to have a Cesarean, she will not be able to have more children, and when she is moved to another job, an error is made and she is not given the pills that will suppress her emotions. Without taking those pills that everyone in the community is required to take, Claire is able to feel a deep love and intense longing for her child. When Jonas disappears from the community in order to save Gabe's life, Claire begins a journey in search of her son.

Claire's journey takes her to other familiar communities and we meet other major characters from the Giver Quartet; however, this book can be read independently and it is not necessary to read the other books in the Quartet.

Son is divided into three sections: "Before", "Between", and "Beyond". "Before" takes place in the cold, sterile community of The Giver; in "Between", Claire wakes up with amnesia in a remote village by the sea and encounters the evil Trademaster; and in "Beyond" Claire finds what she has been desperately searching for and the focus is again on Jonas and Gabe.

Son does a wonderful job connecting all the books in The Giver Quartet. Lowry's world-building has created a well developed universe with strong purposeful characters asking the most difficult questions about life, family, and love. This book is destined to become another Lowry classic and may be considered Lois Lowry's best book.


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