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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Son by Lois Lowry: Mini Book Review

Son (The Giver #4)Lois Lowry
Houghton Mifflin
ISBN: 978-0-547-88720-3
Suggested Ages: 12+
Buy from Indigo

Description: 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.

The Good Stuff
  • Beautiful hopeful ending to a fabulous series
  • Some honest truths and observations about life, love, sacrifice and family
  • After meeting with Lois Lowry and hearing her speech at the Children's Breakfast, I can see her strength and her love for her deceased son throughout the book
  • Claire is a intriguing character, I didn't always understand her actions, but they made sense for her
  •  Deals with the all consuming love you have for your children - as a mom this will impact you more
  • Ties all of the books together and you are left with the overwhelming feeling of hope that their world will change for the better - but without it feeling too neat or tidy
  • I still miss Matty - and when he is mentioned I teared up
  • Nice to see Jonas happy
  • Perfect book for class discussions and book clubs
-The Not So Good Stuff
  • I suggest reading the first three books before picking this up - otherwise you will be lost (I am glad I read the whole series very close together as it gave it much more of an impact)
  • A little too much detail about Claire's journey down the mountain
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"She would not let them take that from her, that feeling. If someone in authority noticed the error, if they delivered a supply of pills to her, she thought defiantly, she would pretend. She would cheat. But she would never, under any circumstances, stifle the feelings she had discovered. She would die, Claire realized, before she would give up the love she felt for her son."

"You won't ever know what that's like, to love someone, In a way I pity you."

4 Dewey's

I picked this up at BEA (Book Expo America) last year and am finally getting to it

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