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Questa è la storia di Claire, ma anche di Gabe, Jonas, Matty, Kira e di molti altri personaggi dell’inquietante realtà distopica di The Giver. Claire ha 14 anni, le è stato assegnato il ruolo di «Anfora» e ora sta per partorire. Nessuno le ha spiegato niente al Villaggio, dove i dolori del parto sono minimizzati come un breve «fastidio». Nessuno l’ha avvertita che dovrà por Questa è la storia di Claire, ma anche di Gabe, Jonas, Matty, Kira e di molti altri personaggi dell’inquietante realtà distopica di The Giver. Claire ha 14 anni, le è stato assegnato il ruolo di «Anfora» e ora sta per partorire. Nessuno le ha spiegato niente al Villaggio, dove i dolori del parto sono minimizzati come un breve «fastidio». Nessuno l’ha avvertita che dovrà portare una benda che le impedirà di vedere il suo «Prodotto». Così tutto sarà più semplice, la rassicurano i medici. Invece Claire subisce il primo cesareo della Comunità e viene «decertificata» e assegnata alla piscicoltura. I dottori perdono interesse per lei e dimenticano di prescriverle il medicinale obbligatorio che reprime ogni pulsione ed emozione. Claire è sconvolta da una sensazione di perdita: il suo unico scopo è trovare suo figlio. Al vivaio ittico incontra la ciurma della nave dei rifornimenti, giunta da un luogo sconosciuto chiamato «mare», e sarà proprio il mare a portarla dove vuole arrivare.

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Questa è la storia di Claire, ma anche di Gabe, Jonas, Matty, Kira e di molti altri personaggi dell’inquietante realtà distopica di The Giver. Claire ha 14 anni, le è stato assegnato il ruolo di «Anfora» e ora sta per partorire. Nessuno le ha spiegato niente al Villaggio, dove i dolori del parto sono minimizzati come un breve «fastidio». Nessuno l’ha avvertita che dovrà por Questa è la storia di Claire, ma anche di Gabe, Jonas, Matty, Kira e di molti altri personaggi dell’inquietante realtà distopica di The Giver. Claire ha 14 anni, le è stato assegnato il ruolo di «Anfora» e ora sta per partorire. Nessuno le ha spiegato niente al Villaggio, dove i dolori del parto sono minimizzati come un breve «fastidio». Nessuno l’ha avvertita che dovrà portare una benda che le impedirà di vedere il suo «Prodotto». Così tutto sarà più semplice, la rassicurano i medici. Invece Claire subisce il primo cesareo della Comunità e viene «decertificata» e assegnata alla piscicoltura. I dottori perdono interesse per lei e dimenticano di prescriverle il medicinale obbligatorio che reprime ogni pulsione ed emozione. Claire è sconvolta da una sensazione di perdita: il suo unico scopo è trovare suo figlio. Al vivaio ittico incontra la ciurma della nave dei rifornimenti, giunta da un luogo sconosciuto chiamato «mare», e sarà proprio il mare a portarla dove vuole arrivare.

30 review for Il figlio

  1. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    no no no no no no no No No No No NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NONONONONONONONONONONONONONO NO , Lois Lowry! NO. No. This cannot be how you chose to end the quartet. I am flabbergasted and bereft and... cheated. I feel cheated. In the same way Suzanne Collins ruined The Hunger Games trilogy in its crummy final act, so too has Lowry with Son. Despite being weaker efforts, Gathering Blue and Messenger felt like stepping stones toward an ending that would seamlessly combine disparate storylines. I no no no no no no no No No No No NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NONONONONONONONONONONONONONO NO , Lois Lowry! NO. No. This cannot be how you chose to end the quartet. I am flabbergasted and bereft and... cheated. I feel cheated. In the same way Suzanne Collins ruined The Hunger Games trilogy in its crummy final act, so too has Lowry with Son. Despite being weaker efforts, Gathering Blue and Messenger felt like stepping stones toward an ending that would seamlessly combine disparate storylines. Instead we get this. (I am well aware now that this review has begun as a rambling mess. I am sorting through my emotions as I type, and am hopeful that everything will come together in the end - UNLIKE SON.) Divided into three parts (Before, Between, and Beyond), Son begins strongly. Before Here is Claire, a child of fourteen, forced to live the life of a birthmother in a society that is a striking cross between Margaret Atwood's The Handmaids Tale and George Orwell's 1984. Fully realized in the Newbery Medal winning The Giver, it is a richly drawn community that provokes unease in the reader through subtlety. Claire's character is developed beautifully, and readers will feel her ache and longing as she navigates the oppressive system in which she has been unwittingly thrust. Lowry is at her sharpest in the Before section. The narrative travels at a piercing clip, and the tumult of Claire's emotions is palpable in the same manner of Jonas' own emergence in The Giver. Further details about the community are provided, each simultaneously intriguing and sickening. It is a section that is gripping and thrilling and that, unfortunately, ends. And the trouble begins. Spoilers from here on out. (view spoiler)[ Between Claire escapes in a cargo boat once the society begins to collapse (presumably because Jonas has escaped with Gabe and has unleashed memories on the community). Lowry doesn't spend too much time explaining this. She doesn't have to. It is artfully rendered in The Giver. Something happens to the cargo boat and Claire is lost at sea, eventually washing up on the shores of a village that sits at the base of a towering cliff. This is a self-sustaining village, despite being cut off from the rest of the world. There are cows and sheep, so everyone can eat. Also there are fisherman. These fisherman have boats, so anyone can leave this enclave at any time. Oh, wait. No, they can't. In order to leave, one must climb the cliff. (Lois Lowry, award-winning author, can get away with these types of gaping plot holes, right? No, she can't. But she does.) It is in Between that we spend 140 pages of Claire getting acquainted with the new community and training to climb the cliff. Oh, come on. No, really. COME ON. Also, Claire is a bit of a bitch. In order to survive the climb, she murders a bunch of baby gulls so the mother gull won't attack her. Why is this in the narrative? Because it is. Maybe it shows her mettle? I don't know. It was stupid and pointless. But not as stupid and pointless as what happens in... Beyond CLAIRE MADE IT TO THE TOP OF THE CLIFF!! YAY!! And now she's living in the village from Messenger. Because of a foolish trade with the Trademaster, she's an old lady. Like, super old. Ancient. And she's been in the village for seven years, watching Gabe like a creepy stalker (but never saying anything to him because it might hurt him and because perhaps her story is too unbelievable to tell). But she eventually tells it anyway. To Jonas. Who then tells Gabe. Who then goes and fights the Trademaster. Who turns out to be... wait for it... the embodiment of evil. Wait, what? What was the point of The Giver if this is the final message? Evil is bad. You should fight Evil so you can continue to be Good. No shit, Lois Lowry. No. Shit. (hide spoiler)]

  2. 5 out of 5

    katyjanereads

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Was this book awesome? Heck yes. Did I still have questions at the end? Yes. 1. If there were Birthmothers then they needed sperm from males who didn't take the pill. Where were these guys? 2. What happened to the original community when Jonas, Gabe, and Claire left? 3. Did Lame Einar heal from the destroying of the Trademaster, too? 4. Did Einar heal and then climb out to find Claire? 5. Did Claire and Einar get married? 6. Did Gabe and Deirdre get married? 7. What happened on the boat ride that made Was this book awesome? Heck yes. Did I still have questions at the end? Yes. 1. If there were Birthmothers then they needed sperm from males who didn't take the pill. Where were these guys? 2. What happened to the original community when Jonas, Gabe, and Claire left? 3. Did Lame Einar heal from the destroying of the Trademaster, too? 4. Did Einar heal and then climb out to find Claire? 5. Did Claire and Einar get married? 6. Did Gabe and Deirdre get married? 7. What happened on the boat ride that made Claire come to the coastal community? 8. Why did Trademaster HAVE to be at the top of the cliff. Why can't people get out of the community on their own? 9. What was the point of Book II of Claire's journey if she doesn't get with Einar in the end? She could have just met Trademaster on the beach, not forgotten her past, and went straight to Gabe. The story still would have made sense without the reader giving their hopes up on beloved characters such as Alys and Einar. 10. Why did she wait so long to reveal herself to Gabe? I know what the book says, but she spent her whole life looking for him and risked her life getting out of two communities. 11. How far apart are all these communities? Will it one day be possible to visit each other? You would think I didn't like the book by all of the questions I'm asking, but I'm asking these questions because I was so completely wrapped up in The Giver series. This series makes you think about life in such a deep way. It makes you think about what you would do in situations; how you would love, react, plan, and follow through on your dreams. It led so many discussions and conversations between my husband and me. This book could totally be a movie. Classrooms would have such an easy time using this as discussion and book clubs would really benefit from it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    2.5 stars I'm done. I'm so done right now. This one dragggggged. The answers we've been waiting for since book 1 were never truly given and we were forced to watch (yet another) set of side characters become the mains. This time we follow Claire - a birth mother from Jonas's original city. Much like Jonas, she doesn't take the emotion-suppressing pills and thus develops the ability to love. And she loves her son fiercely. She would die, Claire realized, before she would give up the love she felt 2.5 stars I'm done. I'm so done right now. This one dragggggged. The answers we've been waiting for since book 1 were never truly given and we were forced to watch (yet another) set of side characters become the mains. This time we follow Claire - a birth mother from Jonas's original city. Much like Jonas, she doesn't take the emotion-suppressing pills and thus develops the ability to love. And she loves her son fiercely. She would die, Claire realized, before she would give up the love she felt for her son. As we know from the first book, Gabe was going to be "let go" (aka killed) because he was too fussy of a baby (thus no parents would want to handle him) when Jonas steals him away. Claire frantically searches from her son, eventually climbing onto a nearby barge to get away from her monstrous city. A storm rolls in and the last thing she remembers is looking for...something. This whole book felt incredibly convenient. Claire just happens to wash aboard a small town at the bottom of cliffs. She happens to lose her memory and by the time she gets it back, the only way out of the town just happens to be climbing that sheer cliffs. She just happens to have to spend the next 8 or so years training her body to climb out. Conveniently, during that time Gabe is growing and by the time she gets to him, he's old enough to make other things in the plot happen. This felt like huge a time waste. We never got to figure out who the Trader was, where all these magic powers come and why the society is so messed up. At least...we find out what happened to the characters from book 1...kind of. Thank goodness this series is over. Audiobook Comments Read by Bernadette Dunne and she did a really fabulous job. I wasn't a fan of the plot but I certainly enjoyed the audio. Blog | Instagram | Twitter

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I'm struggling with this review. I love Lowry and I love the Giver. The Giver is one of the most poignant stories written for middle grades. I think it lends itself to such great discussion about what it means to be a human being, a community. I also love the companion books: Gathering Blue and Messenger. I especially love the Messenger and the profound message of what it takes to overcome evil. When I got an advance copy of Son, I was thrilled. I have been anticipating this for months. The char I'm struggling with this review. I love Lowry and I love the Giver. The Giver is one of the most poignant stories written for middle grades. I think it lends itself to such great discussion about what it means to be a human being, a community. I also love the companion books: Gathering Blue and Messenger. I especially love the Messenger and the profound message of what it takes to overcome evil. When I got an advance copy of Son, I was thrilled. I have been anticipating this for months. The character of Claire is beautifully rendered. Returning to the original community was interesting. Felt like Lowry was addressing long standing questions about details concerning how the community functioned. I give this four stars for the reason that it serves as a satisfying conclusion. But...the part of Lowry's writing that I adore is missing. She answers too many questions. She completes the thoughts for us. The reader has little to ask or wonder in the end. Too tidy. As a writer she allows for the questions to linger. I think that's the power in her writing. But it also felt so much like a long awaited reunion. It is a satisfying closure to a long journey.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rhea

    Son is made up of three parts: Before, Between, and Beyond. If I were to name them, I would gather them into one book and name it Boring. WHY THE HELL WAS THIS NOVEL 400 PAGES LONG!?! The previous three were about 200 pages. If you delete the double spaces, this book would be 300 pages, and from there, pointless descriptions and subplots would be easily cut down to 200 pages. Yes, I'm serious. I mean, we spend 140 pages with Claire JUST TRAINING TO CLIMB THE F*CKING CLIFF!!! I DON'T GIVE A SH!T LO Son is made up of three parts: Before, Between, and Beyond. If I were to name them, I would gather them into one book and name it Boring. WHY THE HELL WAS THIS NOVEL 400 PAGES LONG!?! The previous three were about 200 pages. If you delete the double spaces, this book would be 300 pages, and from there, pointless descriptions and subplots would be easily cut down to 200 pages. Yes, I'm serious. I mean, we spend 140 pages with Claire JUST TRAINING TO CLIMB THE F*CKING CLIFF!!! I DON'T GIVE A SH!T LOIS LOWRY!!! Pointless sub-plots/ contrivances: - Tall Andras storyline. Why was this necessary? Plus, at the beginning, before I knew he was 17, I was getting pedo vibes. - Too many characters. They bog down the story, and it's a chore to keep them straight. And this is coming from someone who likes to remembers things as a habit, like 100 digits of pi and the periodic table. - Why was Claire beautiful? Why can't I read about about a normal person? - Claire forgetting all her experiences. Contrived much? - Einar speaking about his father: "I cooked for him like a wife and washed his clothes and was a wife in other ways too terrible to mention." O___O Thank goodness this book is ages 10+, I'd hate to have a 9-year-old ask me what this means. - Claire has never seen colors before. When Jonas from The Giver started seeing colors, he was like, "Whoa, what's wrong with that apple? It changed! But Claire was like, "Oh look, colors. Whatevs." - Why didn't Claire just go around the cliff? "She was afraid of the water" is the only explanation we get. WTF? - What's with Gabe being so Speshul? I mean in The Giver he had pale eyes, he lived with a Nurturer, the community wanted to release him, AND Jonas stole him. But it was still somehow believable. But now his Birthmother wants him, too? Dude, that WAY too much attention on one baby, and my belief was becoming so suspended that it broke. - (view spoiler)[So a long time ago, the Trademaster tried to make a deal with Einar, Einar said no, and the Trademaster chopped off Einar's right foot. That is horrible, right? So you'd expect Einar to warn Claire, "EVEN IF YOU WANT TO MAKE A DEAL WITH TRADEMASTER DON'T BECAUSE HE CHOPPED MY FREAKING FOOT OFF JUST BECAUSE I DIDN'T WANT TO TRADE WITH HIM!!! HE COULD TRICK YOU AND KILL YOU!!!" But guess what he does? He's like, "Oh, make a deal with him about finding your son." Einar is an idiot. Later, when Claire makes a deal, Trademaster wants to trade for her youth. If I were Claire, I'd be like, "Umm, no. How about we trade for something else?" But guess what she does? She's like, "Okay!" (hide spoiler)] Stupid idiot. Recommendations: You should read Son if you: a) want to see what happens to Jonas/Gabe or b) want to fall asleep. Other options: If you're desperate for a good children's utopia book, reread The Giver or Gathering Blue. Son is like a little song, off-key and meandering around, compared to a symphony. It feels too much like Lois Lowry was either half-heartedly trying to satisfy her fans or trying to make more $$$.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I love The Giver. I count it as one of my favorite books of all time. It was the book that inspired me to read and made me want to write. And I should have stopped at The Giver. My ratings of the books in the series have gotten progressively worse. I liked Gathering Blue, wish I didn't read The Messenger, and now wish I could take back time with The Son. I spent money on it, and I want it back. Sort of. I do love Lois Lowry. But this is a great example of how to set rules and not break them. The I love The Giver. I count it as one of my favorite books of all time. It was the book that inspired me to read and made me want to write. And I should have stopped at The Giver. My ratings of the books in the series have gotten progressively worse. I liked Gathering Blue, wish I didn't read The Messenger, and now wish I could take back time with The Son. I spent money on it, and I want it back. Sort of. I do love Lois Lowry. But this is a great example of how to set rules and not break them. The Giver's rules were a little bit out of the ordinary, a little bit fantasy. That does not mean that suddenly, at the end of the series, you get a personification of evil that gambles and deals like the devil. No. No. Noooooo. Where the hell did this come from? Your guess is as good as mine, because I have no idea. Then the ending. I don't get it. The moral was fight evil? Okay...that's...no justification for how long this book was. She's training for the cliff! Has she gone up the cliff yet? Nope. Still training. ON THE CLIFF! Still on the cliff. Are we going to get off this cliff? And then you meet the Devil. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. Which, I don't get why if you stand up to Evil, it still wins. Apparently you have to be super special and either Jonas or Gabriel and then, and only then!, will evil be swayed by you. But seriously. That entire book just so we can fight a personification of evil? I feel cheated because there was no point to this. It didn't add anything to the arc. It gave a moral that I realized at five. One star and a desperately plea for Target to give me my money back.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Michale

    Spoiler alert!!! I have such mixed feelings about this series and book. The Giver was wonderful, but it was clear to me that the boys died at the end - old handed down memories of a sled in the snow do not lead to real redemption from freezing and starvation. Then I enjoyed Gathering Blue even more, except that it seemed that Lowry believed that her characters from the first book had survived, and were living in some sort of utopian village. Then, in The Messenger , she had a beloved characte Spoiler alert!!! I have such mixed feelings about this series and book. The Giver was wonderful, but it was clear to me that the boys died at the end - old handed down memories of a sled in the snow do not lead to real redemption from freezing and starvation. Then I enjoyed Gathering Blue even more, except that it seemed that Lowry believed that her characters from the first book had survived, and were living in some sort of utopian village. Then, in The Messenger , she had a beloved character die for the "sins" of others - which is way too Christological to have meaning for me. And now? Now her message is that the power of love conquers evil. Evil doesn't really exist: it just crumbles when faced with true empathy. While I enjoyed the return, in this book, of The Giver's dystopia, her conclusions left me feeling that the hard "truths" of humanity she captured in the first two books - that things are more complicated than they first appear - has now been reduced to the banal cliche that love can heal all wounds. But I know it can't. I'm very disappointed that she couldn't handle the complications she introduced, even though these are not adult books.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Donna Ludovico

    This book did everything I wanted it to do. It wrapped up three other books into one story. Book one, The Giver, was suggested to me for reading by my son after he was required to read it for middle school language arts class. I enjoyed the book and the book discussion with my son. He was certain that Jonas and Gabe died at the end and the vision of a cozy, happy world was a dying dream since no two such different worlds could have existed in the same time period. This led to a discussion of the This book did everything I wanted it to do. It wrapped up three other books into one story. Book one, The Giver, was suggested to me for reading by my son after he was required to read it for middle school language arts class. I enjoyed the book and the book discussion with my son. He was certain that Jonas and Gabe died at the end and the vision of a cozy, happy world was a dying dream since no two such different worlds could have existed in the same time period. This led to a discussion of the widely varying lifestyles found in first and third world countries today. (Love when books can get my 13 year old to think and talk bout something other than video games and girls!)I began book 2 but put in down since there seemed to be no link to book 1. My sister Joni, a language arts teacher for many years, persuaded me to finish the book and find the link. I did and even moved on to book three. I enjoyed the trilogy but it needed an ending. Imagine my delight when Goodreads friend and co-worker, Ellen, told me about Son. This is a quick read for adults but delivers what anyone who enjoyed the previous book is expecting, a few twists and turns all leading to...well I can't tell you, now can I...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sh3llraiser (grumpybookgrrrl)

    So.... that's it huh? Really? Meh. I am disappointed. I feel this was an unsatisfying conclusion to what was otherwise a pretty great YA dystopian/utopian/fantasy series. It never got better than The Giver and in fact, each one got more and more meh. But, they were still good. This? This is split into 3 books/section and the longest book in the "quartet." That is part of the problem. The middle book felt like TOTAL FILLER. Completely unnecessary and could have just been somehow absorbed into the So.... that's it huh? Really? Meh. I am disappointed. I feel this was an unsatisfying conclusion to what was otherwise a pretty great YA dystopian/utopian/fantasy series. It never got better than The Giver and in fact, each one got more and more meh. But, they were still good. This? This is split into 3 books/section and the longest book in the "quartet." That is part of the problem. The middle book felt like TOTAL FILLER. Completely unnecessary and could have just been somehow absorbed into the rest of the book. It started out good. I was interested in Claire and her story. We go back to the strange Stepford utopian society from book 1. We see Jonas's dad again. It ties things together. We actually see what was going on when Jonas was there. Then book 2. Filler. I started to skip through the disks in the middle of it. It JUST. Wouldn't. Stop. Book 3... still seemed to just go on and on. We see Jonas as an adult and Kira from book 2. So that society is revisited. Okay, and what *really* bugged me? (view spoiler)[So Claire trades her "youth" to find her son. She becomes old magically because of the deal with the Trademaster. THEN, she just is creepy stalker old lady and watches her son from afar and NEVER approaches him? What the hay. That was extremely weird and annoying. (hide spoiler)] Then, the ending? Totally rushed. We never get to see Claire (view spoiler)[with her son! She just gets her youth back after the evil Trademaster is defeated and she approaches him as though they might finally talk and she might *finally* tell him who she is! THE END. *facepalm* (hide spoiler)] Started strong, then fizzled out bigtime, and is one of those vague, open-ended books. Sometimes that works. It did not work here for me personally. Also, there just wasn't enough meat to the story to justify dragging it out to 400 pages... a lot of descriptions and sections where nothing much is going on, but we still have to hear about it for some reason. Okay, also (one more thing)... you can't be the kind of person that needs a lot of answers or world-building because you don't get that here. Each community the books focus on, there isn't a whole lot explained about them. I guess you're supposed to make up your own answers and use yer imaginayshun, which I guess I am too dumb to do because that was also unsatisfying. :/ And now that I'm thinking about it, why could Claire (view spoiler)[see colors in the The Giver society where she started when no one else could except Jonas? It was like that was never mentioned again. (hide spoiler)] But, The Giver was a fantastic book. Unless you are really curious, you aren't missing anything by stopping with that one.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Too pat...and the math doesn't add up! I was disappointed. I had found "The Giver" to be a thought-provoking, well-written book -- especially Lowry's portrayal of a community of chilling banality and the ambiguous ending -- and I was hoping to see this world flushed out in her subsequent books. (Warning, I'm going to discuss the books and while I don't give away endings, you might not want to know these details.) But this didn't do it. It was too pat -- especially part 3 I wasn't keen on the super Too pat...and the math doesn't add up! I was disappointed. I had found "The Giver" to be a thought-provoking, well-written book -- especially Lowry's portrayal of a community of chilling banality and the ambiguous ending -- and I was hoping to see this world flushed out in her subsequent books. (Warning, I'm going to discuss the books and while I don't give away endings, you might not want to know these details.) But this didn't do it. It was too pat -- especially part 3 I wasn't keen on the supernatural elements and couldn't believe Claire & Gabe's actions (or inactions). I'm also very troubled by Lowry's math -- this whole "birthmother" thing doesn't add up and I wonder why an editor never caught it. Since there are 50 "newchildren" in each and every birth year, each class must essentially reproduce in the same proportion i.e.. to keep the community's population stable would require that 50 be born to replace the elders when they are eventually "released." Assuming the population gender is 50:50 (25 female, 25 male), and each "birthmother" has only 3 "products", 2/3 of the women would have to become "birthmothers" -- which is clearly not the case since "birthmother" is only one of many assignments "twelves" receive (and a low status one at that). Furthermore, since not all adults are assigned to be a couple (birthmothers aren't!) and couples only raise two children, the population simply can't be replacing itself, but would be shrinking rather dramatically....all of which contradicts the supposed stability of this community. On the science end, I also found myself frustrated that Lowry never explained the "how" of her civilization (why no rain, thunder, animals (even birds!) or seasons) when clearly these existed down the river nor how Jonah and the others could just leave the people they left behind to their fate and not go back and work to change their society.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Traci

    I've had a really hard time with this series. I read the Giver as a teen, loved it, have thought of it often, and one of my first acts when the internet really became a resource for knowledge was looking up to see if Lowry had ever said whether or not Gabe and Jonas made it, or just died of hypothermia. I remember vividly that the interview said that she left it ambiguous on purpose so the reader could decide. Years pass and then suddenly I discovered that The Giver was now part of a trilogy. I I've had a really hard time with this series. I read the Giver as a teen, loved it, have thought of it often, and one of my first acts when the internet really became a resource for knowledge was looking up to see if Lowry had ever said whether or not Gabe and Jonas made it, or just died of hypothermia. I remember vividly that the interview said that she left it ambiguous on purpose so the reader could decide. Years pass and then suddenly I discovered that The Giver was now part of a trilogy. I read the other two books, discovered that Jonas and Gabe did make it, and then at Costco last week found this 'conclusion' to their tale. For some reason these three additional stories cheapen the original for me. It feels like an attempt to capitalize on the dystopian and series novel trend. The series begins to feel like it pulls too heavily from Harry Potter and the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe with Evil incarnate and biblical themes (particularly in Messenger). Following on from the sacrificed son in Messenger, the battle Gabe wages against the Trademaster again confuses me. Is this the second coming if we're going with a biblical allegory and evil is finally dealt with once and for all? Or was the allegory limited to Messenger and we're now just in the realm of fiction again? Gabe's fight with the Trademaster seems to come out of nowhere--when Jonas calls him to the fight it is too sudden and without enough explanation for me. How does he know that fighting the Trademaster will bring back his mom, and why is Jonas (or Claire for that matter) willing to let that happen? Jonas's limited relationship with Gabe after their relocation to this new settlement is another source of deep disappointment to me--they just don't have the brother relationship I had expected or hoped for. Jonas left his family and community for Gabe...and then basically gave him up when they came to the new community? And now is all for throwing him into a one-on-one battle with the devil with no clear sense of why Jonas feels that it should be Gabe. Jonas as a character is just too vague for me after The Giver. Like a tired old man shell of a character...but in his 20s. Other disappointments include the fact that we didn't get to see what happened in the community after Jonas left and the memories all flooded back to the citizens. I was really hoping we'd get to see that through Claire (it's another one of those things that captured my imagination) but instead all we get is that there was confusion. Now that I'm done complaining I will say that I did enjoy Son. I was always eager to read what happened next and enjoyed reading about her time in the intermediate settlement, even though it wasn't directly answering the bigger storyline. I think I just felt a sense of disappointment that the three books that followed from The Giver didn't feel like part of the original thought behind that world, but a business decision tapping into some current trends.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lacey Skorepa

    Spellbinding Conclusion to "The Giver" Almost twenty years after "The Giver", Lois Lowry offers up the story's conclusion in "Son" (aptly named). The story begins with Claire, a girl of fourteen who lives in the same Community as Jonas (from "The Giver"). At her Ceremony of Twelve Clarie is given her assignment, Birthmother. But during the birthing something goes wrong and while both Claire and the child (product number 36) are spared, Claire is reassigned. Yet even in her new job, Claire cannot Spellbinding Conclusion to "The Giver" Almost twenty years after "The Giver", Lois Lowry offers up the story's conclusion in "Son" (aptly named). The story begins with Claire, a girl of fourteen who lives in the same Community as Jonas (from "The Giver"). At her Ceremony of Twelve Clarie is given her assignment, Birthmother. But during the birthing something goes wrong and while both Claire and the child (product number 36) are spared, Claire is reassigned. Yet even in her new job, Claire cannot stop thinking about her child, the child that she wasn't allowed to keep or even see. Soon Claire makes the decision to stop at nothing in order to find her child. A decision that will test her endurance, her will, and her commitment, as well as the gracious benevolence and unbounded love of others. A decision that will set her on a collision course with Jonas. While "Son" may be considered part of "The Worlds of Lois Lowry" trilogy (now a quartet) it is unquestionably the conclusion to "The Giver" (thus making the two books a duo). It is absolutely not necessary for one to have read "Gathering Blue" or "The Messenger" to understand or enjoy this inspirational book. "Son" is beautifully written in Lowry's sing-song type of prose. It's easy to imagine a teller of tales recounting the story to a large audience as they cozy up in front of a roaring fire. The book is quite a bit longer than "The Giver" and is divided into three sections each spanning the length of one leg of Claire's journey. This is both appropriate and intelligent for it becomes a book within a book (which has its own beginning, middle, and end). If I had to complain about something, I would remark on my desire to have a longer book three (the third and final section in the novel). I felt as if it collapsed a little too quickly. However, that took little away from my overall experience. Is the book "better" or "as good as" "The Giver"? *Shrugs* I feel as though that is a rather inane question. Can anything really compete with something that has been idolized and held dear to so many for close to two decades? That's quite a lofty request to make. I will say, that after reading "Son" I can't imagine it ending any other way; and THAT says it all.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Duke L

    I'm reasonably certain that Lois Lowry wrote this after overhearing two potheads discussing their great philosophical ideas from inside a massive cloud of smoke. -What if evil was, like, a dude? -If you could trade, like, 40 years of your life for anything you wanted, would you do it? -Oh dude, I think I can actually feel inside your brain. Like I can feel your thoughts, dude. -I bet a dude who was, like, really evil would smell evil. -I could beat that evil dude with just good thoughts, man. Good vi I'm reasonably certain that Lois Lowry wrote this after overhearing two potheads discussing their great philosophical ideas from inside a massive cloud of smoke. -What if evil was, like, a dude? -If you could trade, like, 40 years of your life for anything you wanted, would you do it? -Oh dude, I think I can actually feel inside your brain. Like I can feel your thoughts, dude. -I bet a dude who was, like, really evil would smell evil. -I could beat that evil dude with just good thoughts, man. Good vibes. -My mom is creeping me out, dude. -I got so high last week, I tried to climb the rock wall and fell and almost broke my legs. -We should go to the pet store and get a bird, man. A cool bird. -Babies are like biology factory products. We're all just machines that make themselves, man. If you could take a pill to, like, remove all your emotions, that's how you'd see it. Just products, dude. -I bet everyone really, deep down, has some sort of superpower. Most people haven't discovered theirs yet, though. -What if, like, we couldn't see colors? But then one guy could see colors. That guy would be fucked up. -Fish are cool.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This was a good end to the series, and my favourite book of the series too. I liked that things finally came together, I liked how things from the previous books that I hadn’t understood were finally explained, and I liked that we got a kind-of happy ending! (view spoiler)[ Yay that Claire and Gabe were reunited! And yay that the trademaster was finally dealt with! (hide spoiler)] 6.5 out of 10

  15. 4 out of 5

    Abbie

    4 stars. THIS BOOK. ASDFHKSLFJAJSDS. DO YOU EVEN KNOW HOW LONG I'VE BEEN WAITING TO SAY THAT I ACTUALLY UNDERSTAND THE GIVER SERIES??? Like…years. YEARS, BRO. But I'm still not exactly sure I understand it 100% (lololol) which is why I'm not giving 5 stars here BUT! IT WAS SO GOOD. And the ending was amazing I was smiling so hard. :') OKAY LET'S MAKE A LIST BEFORE I RUN AWAY WITH MY EMOTIONS. LOVELIES: Everything?? HAHA SO MUCH FOR NOT RUNNING AWAY WITH MY EMOTIONS. This was a good book. It was 4 stars. THIS BOOK. ASDFHKSLFJAJSDS. DO YOU EVEN KNOW HOW LONG I'VE BEEN WAITING TO SAY THAT I ACTUALLY UNDERSTAND THE GIVER SERIES??? Like…years. YEARS, BRO. But I'm still not exactly sure I understand it 100% (lololol) which is why I'm not giving 5 stars here BUT! IT WAS SO GOOD. And the ending was amazing I was smiling so hard. :') OKAY LET'S MAKE A LIST BEFORE I RUN AWAY WITH MY EMOTIONS. LOVELIES: Everything?? HAHA SO MUCH FOR NOT RUNNING AWAY WITH MY EMOTIONS. This was a good book. It was the most unique of them all, and I was surprised by how invested I was in the story of Claire. And it circled all the way around to the beginning of the series which was AWESOME. I SO APPRECIATE STUFF LIKE THAT. This book also contains three separate "books" (or parts) which are all SUPER different from each other and I liked that element a lot even though there were some major time jumps that threw me off. Character development was spot-on. JUST SPOT ON!! I loved watching Claire's character start off kind of oatmeal and then transform into deeply caring, empathetic, courageous heroine. It was so well done and not at all rushed. The story itself was just SUPER WELL TOLD. Anybody who knows me also knows that I'm a sucker for good storytelling, and well… Lois Lowry NAILED IT. The characters are all so real and human. It was also super cool to watch the story of THE GIVER sort of transpire off-screen through another character's eyes. World building. WHEN IS LOWRY NOT GOOD AT WORLD BUILDING?? That's what I want to know, Rodney. Like I said before, all three "parts" in this book had TOTALLY DIFFERENT FLAVORS. Which I loved! The first was kind of cold and unfeeling, matching the vibe of the setting and the deeper meaning behind it; the second was vibrant and rustic, with some old Cornish influence (I dig it); and the last was wholesome and simple…perfect for the setting it matched. IT WAS LIKE WATCHING A MOVIE OK. IT WAS YUMMY. Gaaaaaabe. MY BABY HE'S ALL GROWN UP. (Well, kind of. 14. Ahem.) He is a precious aggressive cinnamon roll of determination and I loved everything about him. (I also imagined him to look like Lucas Jade Zumann???? ANYBODY ELSE??) I also loved how he discovered his gift and it all tied in PERFECTLY with the ending. *screams into a pillow lest I spoil anything* GABE IS FLAWLESS OKAY. Einar is also flawless. I SHIPPED HIM AND CLAIRE SO HARD AND GOT SO ANGRY WHEN THE PLOT DIDN'T DO WHAT I WANTED IT TO. Like… I know it couldn't have worked out. But how could anyone not love Einar??? He was a jaded broken blueberry waffle and sang with birds and took care of sheep and he was always so soft and kind and caring <3 UGH. I LOVE HIM TOO MUCH. THE ENDING. THE ENDING WAS AMAZING. AND THERE WAS A PLOT TWIST THAT I LITERALLY NEVER SAW COMING AND IT WAS JUST SO GOOD I CAN'T PUT IT INTO WORDS EVEN TO SPOIL IT LOL JUST READ IT OKAY. SQUABBLES: I didn't get as much closure as I would have liked. I KNOW. NOW I'M JUST BEING PICKY. I understand that the world is different and futuristic but I STILL DON'T KNOW HOW EXACTLY THE HIGH TECH COMMUNITY IS SO HIGH TECH WHEN EVERYONE ELSE LIVES SO PRIMITIVE. And I also don't know where the high tech community is (geographically) in relation to everything else because THAT WHOLE SECTION OF THE BOOK WAS BLIPPED OUT OF CLAIRE'S MEMORY. HOW CONVENIENT. There was SOME closure…but nothing specific. And I guess this is personal preference but I LIKE SPECIFICS. Not a whole bunch of info-dumping, but…one or two sentences?? Just so I can sleep at night??? OH WELL. I'M HAPPY ANYWAY. The beginning was a bit slow. This is a pretty long book. I may or may not have been peeking ahead in part one because I was WAITING for something to actually happen. It felt like a standalone?? Kind of? But we always know what's going on (unless you didn't read the first three books I guess) so idk I just felt like we could have cut to the chase a lot sooner. BUT HONESTLY THIS ISN'T A BIG DEAL. All in all, I loved this series. Lowry's deep allegories and themes will forever exceed my expectations and leave me thinking for months after I've put the book back on the shelf. The characters are unforgettable, the story is timeless. SON is a beautiful conclusion to a triumph of a series. I would recommend these books to anyone and everyone. SO SO SO SO SO GOOD.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mary N

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. What a disappointment! "Son" is divided into three parts: Before, Between, and Beyond. The first part started off really exciting. We were back in The Giver’s community, now through the eyes of Claire, contemporaneous of Jonas. Claire is the mother of the baby Gabe, with whom Jonas had fled the community. As soon as Claire finds out that Jonas has left the community with Gabe, Claire escapes too, aboard a boat, which ends up wrecking during a storm. Claire is rescued by some fishermen of a remot What a disappointment! "Son" is divided into three parts: Before, Between, and Beyond. The first part started off really exciting. We were back in The Giver’s community, now through the eyes of Claire, contemporaneous of Jonas. Claire is the mother of the baby Gabe, with whom Jonas had fled the community. As soon as Claire finds out that Jonas has left the community with Gabe, Claire escapes too, aboard a boat, which ends up wrecking during a storm. Claire is rescued by some fishermen of a remote, isolated village. The second part is completely unnecessary. It is about the seven years Claire spends in this remote village, slowly recovering all her memory lost in the shipwreck. The third part is where Claire is expected to find her son, but it becomes weird, with supernatural elements, the devil dressed as a human, etc. Claire makes a deal with the devil, and trades her youth with her wish to find her son. Now all of a sudden, young, beautiful Claire turns into a very old lady (reminded me of Miyazaki’s Howls Moving Castle). I just couldn't believe what I was reading. "The Giver" is a very good book, which left me and so many readers wondering if Jonas and Gabe had ever made it or not. Lois Lowry should have left it there.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie *Very Stable Genius*

    Son brings us back to the original community we read about in The Giver, and tells us the story from the perspective of Water Claire and ties up the questions about the place where Jonas and Gabe were born. Everyone in the community is assigned a ‘job’ at the age of 13. Claire was given the job of Vessel. ‘Vessels’ carried ‘Products’ (um, babies) and at 14 Claire produced her one and only product in the form of a Son. There was an issue with the birth and she was relieved of her vessel duties, bu Son brings us back to the original community we read about in The Giver, and tells us the story from the perspective of Water Claire and ties up the questions about the place where Jonas and Gabe were born. Everyone in the community is assigned a ‘job’ at the age of 13. Claire was given the job of Vessel. ‘Vessels’ carried ‘Products’ (um, babies) and at 14 Claire produced her one and only product in the form of a Son. There was an issue with the birth and she was relieved of her vessel duties, but she never forgot about her son and was determined to find him at any cost. I loved The Giver, and really enjoyed the Messenger and The Gathering Blue, so I was very pleased to find out there would be a final chapter in the story. I thought Son delivered nicely upon my expectations. I also have to say that I really like Lois Lowry’s style of writing, everything I’ve read of hers is a bit hard to describe, dreamlike would be the closest I could come. “It be better, I think, to climb out in search of something, instead of hating, what you're leaving.”

  18. 5 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    *** WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR THE GIVER *** YAY I'M FINALLY FINISHED THIS SERIES!! I've been reading The Giver Quartet since I was, um...like 14?! The Giver came out in 1993 and the final book, Son, came out in 2012. SO YEAH. I suppose we can add Lois Lowry to the list of authors who-takes-forever-to-finish-their-books. But I'm happy! I think Son had pacing issues, and it broke my heart a little, but it was a satisfying conclusion. I still think my favourite book is Messenger and Mattie. *** WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR THE GIVER *** YAY I'M FINALLY FINISHED THIS SERIES!! I've been reading The Giver Quartet since I was, um...like 14?! The Giver came out in 1993 and the final book, Son, came out in 2012. SO YEAH. I suppose we can add Lois Lowry to the list of authors who-takes-forever-to-finish-their-books. But I'm happy! I think Son had pacing issues, and it broke my heart a little, but it was a satisfying conclusion. I still think my favourite book is Messenger and Mattie. OMG MATTIE. He ended Messenger being carried all broken Jonas' arms, so I was really freaking out to what happened to him. It got explained, but I'M NOT HAPPY, PEOPLES, NOT HAPPY. Ahem. SO! Each book in the quartet is basically by a different narrator. The all slowly weave together in Messenger (book 3) and then conclude in Son (book 4). Book 4 is about Claire....Gabe's mother!! The first 100 or so pages are about her life in the Community (where Jonas grew up) and how she's selected for Birthmother and then...stuff goes wrong, and the book REALLY takes off. It was kind of heartbreaking to be rereading, basically, the storyline from the Giver but by Claire's POV. I basically nearly bawl BECAUSE THEY'RE GONNA KILL THE BABY. It still really really makes me emotional, okay?! Gah. Then a big hunk of the middle of the book is about Claire's escape, memory lost, and discovery of life outside the Community. Which was interesting, but to be honest? Also boring. There was just so much of it. Claire's new life. I just wanted to get to the part where she went looking for Gabe, her son, again. And she's like only 16 at this point, too, and...and IT WAS SAD. But boring. Which is why I squint and say "The pacing is off"...when I really hate to say that. It feels so judgy! But about 200-pages living life by the sea and then like 30-pages for the finale?!! IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. We eventually get more from Gabe's POV, and I wish there'd been more from him, because this tough little stubborn kid is way more interesting than Claire doing pushups and balancing exercises so she can climb a mountain. BUT WE FINALLY GET LOADS OF ANSWERS. Can I just scream and clutch this book and whisper thank you?!! I've had so many questions for so long. And, gee, it's a little bit "magical" (maybe?) at the end there with (view spoiler)[evil being personified as the Trade Master (hide spoiler)] , but I think it was interesting and thought-provoking. Oh and Jonas and Kira are married and have two kids and afjkdlsa it's just a bit too cute, okay?! But the reason I'm crying is: (view spoiler)[ MATTIE, MY BABY, DIED. ZOMG. HE GAVE HIS LIFE AND DIED FOR THEM ALL. He healed the evil forest and...and...just let me sob. He's my favourite character. img src="https://33.media.tumblr.com/fed4dc2f1..." width="500" height="288" alt="description"/> WHAT IS THIS CRUEL WORLD, LOIS LOWRY. (hide spoiler)] It's a satisfying (more so than I expected!) conclusion and I love Lois Lowry's voice! It doesn't really give all the answers for what kind of world this is...like I would've said "sci-fi"! But I'm not so sure anymore. BUT STILL. I'm happy. These characters I've been invested in for so long are living their awesome lives and there were so many heart breaking scenes. I think this book would make all the mothers cry, too, by the way. SO YOU'VE BEEN WARNED. Claire did everything to get her son back. Squeeeak. It's an incredible journey. SO YEAH. I'm happy. I'm sad. I feel very completed now. This is definitely a fine specimen of dystopian.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Vikki VanSickle

    Son opens with a captivating scene of a girl, referred to by her watchers as a Vessel, being blindfolded before ‘the process’ begins. The process is birth and the girl is Claire, a first-time Birthmother. She has been told little about ‘the process,’ but becomes even more confused as things get complicated and ‘the product’ (the baby) has to be surgically removed. After the process Claire is reassigned, but she can’t stop thinking about her baby. She finds a way into the Nurturing Centre, where Son opens with a captivating scene of a girl, referred to by her watchers as a Vessel, being blindfolded before ‘the process’ begins. The process is birth and the girl is Claire, a first-time Birthmother. She has been told little about ‘the process,’ but becomes even more confused as things get complicated and ‘the product’ (the baby) has to be surgically removed. After the process Claire is reassigned, but she can’t stop thinking about her baby. She finds a way into the Nurturing Centre, where all the babies are kept until ready to be assigned to family units. Claire finds her child and from that moment forward her live changes. Her child, of course, is Gabe, the baby who comes to live with Jonas’ family in The Giver. The book is divided into three distinct parts. Part one happens simultaneously as The Giver, only we are experiencing the story through the very limited and unaware perspective of Gabe’s mother, Claire. Part two takes place in another community, where Claire struggles to regain both memory and strength before she is able to continue to search for her son. Part three takes place some years later in a third community that has achieved relative peace, with the exception of a dark force known as The Tradesman who stands between Claire and her son. Each section felt like a complete novella. The middle section reminded me of classic historical fiction that takes place in fishing villages or small hunter-gather communities. It is here we meet my favourite character, Einar. He is the strong, silent type, crippled from a meeting with The Tradesman (a truly horrific and frightening creature). Einar is a gentle soul who trains Claire for her dangerous climb out of the village. Their love story is unusual and unrequited and beautifully rendered. Like many other final books in series, Son dips into philosophical waters and Lowry makes eloquent statements about desire versus love, service versus sacrifice, and destiny. This often divides readers. Some people get caught up in the concept, story, and world-building of the first book in a series and are unsettled when the final book rocks the boat in terms of spirituality or social commentary. (Think of The Amber Spyglass, Mockingjay, and to some extent, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows). Fortunately, Lowry’s great strength is her subtlety. The book is simultaneously sophisticated and accessible. Like a well-written fable, it appeals to all readers, regardless of age, though I do think some of the themes will resonate more deeply with readers who have read the previous books in the series and are in that 11+ range. The whole book is a great display of craftsmanship, but some paragraphs (the final one in particular) moved me to tears. Her language is full-bodied: rounded, sharp, salty. I would love to have this book read aloud to me.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Liam Degnan

    Let me be frank. These books got super weird. As mentioned in my review of book three, The Giver (book 1) was a fast favorite for me because I read it when I was much younger, and it kind of helped transition me into more adult writing. Lots of real world themes, great characters, a convincing plot, and a truly touching story. The remaining books attempt to continue this story, beginning with the development of Kira, who lives in a Community that is extremely different from the one Jonas was rai Let me be frank. These books got super weird. As mentioned in my review of book three, The Giver (book 1) was a fast favorite for me because I read it when I was much younger, and it kind of helped transition me into more adult writing. Lots of real world themes, great characters, a convincing plot, and a truly touching story. The remaining books attempt to continue this story, beginning with the development of Kira, who lives in a Community that is extremely different from the one Jonas was raised in. It is later discovered that after escaping his Community, Jonas starts a refuge called Village, which is the setting for book three, and partially book four. But the way that this is all explained and uncovered makes absolutely no sense. This series is living proof that Lois Lowry was a one-hit wonder. Let me try to explain what was so weird about these books. Jonas and Gabe, who escape the Community in book one, are not seen again until book three. And once we see them return in book three, we aren't directly told who they are until book four. I can handle that. That's okay. But book four actually starts out where book one did. (weird) And books two and three, as you'll find out at the end of this book, were completely pointless in comparison to the larger story that was happening. Like, they literally served no purpose at all. (annoying) And after the disappointment of discovering that books two and three were pointless, we find out that the larger story that was happening is actually just really bad. Poorly developed plot, unconvincing characters and storyline, and one of the dumbest villains I've ever read about. (disappointing). You'd expect that you'd learn more about the world as a whole, but you never do. The worldbuilding is basically non-existent. I wish I stopped at book one. Continuing that thought about the villain in this story.... He is not even introduced until book three, and by book four, we're supposed to believe that he is the penultimate evil and author of all the suffering in these books. His name is the Trademaster. We are not told anything about him beyond that he trades things. Somebody might ask him for a boat, and he would take their honor in exchange. Somebody might ask him for their youth, and he would make them young again, but he would take their happiness. How does he do these things? Nobody knows. It's just some magical ability that he has... Almost like Lois Lowry got tired of writing dystopian and wanted to turn this into fantasy at the last minute, and it doesn't work AT ALL. Speaking of magical abilities, all of the main characters in this book gain mysterious magical abilities in book three. Why does this happen? Nobody knows. What purpose does it serve? None that I know of. And all of this stuff works up to the ultimate defeat of the Trademaster, who we still know nothing about by the end, and NOTHING is done to explain the government behind the Communities. Read something else. Only reason this got two stars is because Lowry's prose is quite good at times, and I did enjoy the main character in this book, but both of those things were drowned out by a torrent of negatives that rolled in the further I read. But at least I can cross one out on my incomplete series list =D.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Faith

    I really liked this, but I didn't love it. The Writing and World-Building I really liked how this book goes into some more mature themes, like motherhood, apathy, abuse, and depression, but found that in the third part, where it should have climaxed and been at its literary peak, I found it somewhat lacking. There were some characters whose arcs weren't really completed. I did, though, really appreciate the return of the Trademaster, though he did feel rather stereotypical and cliché. The Charac I really liked this, but I didn't love it. The Writing and World-Building I really liked how this book goes into some more mature themes, like motherhood, apathy, abuse, and depression, but found that in the third part, where it should have climaxed and been at its literary peak, I found it somewhat lacking. There were some characters whose arcs weren't really completed. I did, though, really appreciate the return of the Trademaster, though he did feel rather stereotypical and cliché. The Characters Claire: I really loved Claire. She made an excellent protagonist for the majority of the book. Einar: I seriously freaking love Einar. I only want the best for him! I just want him to be happy and loved! ❤❤❤ Gabe: He was a bit too similar to Matty to really feel like anything special, though I did like him. Alys and Benedikt: They were so cute!!! The Trademaster: A little tropey, a little Trumpy... Conclusion I liked it enough, and it worked as a suitable conclusion to the Giver, but I was still rather disappointed.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jen Blackham

    I think my rating is a bit of an emotional one, rather than strictly rational. If I stop and think/critique SON, there are things I didn't understand or care for ... but as soon as I picked up the book, I was immediately captivated and couldn't put it down. And as I finished it, I think back on it fondly *Ü* The book is divided into three parts .. Before, Between and Beyond. Part 1 takes you right back to The Giver. Back to the community, with Jonas. You get to see the same things from another pe I think my rating is a bit of an emotional one, rather than strictly rational. If I stop and think/critique SON, there are things I didn't understand or care for ... but as soon as I picked up the book, I was immediately captivated and couldn't put it down. And as I finished it, I think back on it fondly *Ü* The book is divided into three parts .. Before, Between and Beyond. Part 1 takes you right back to The Giver. Back to the community, with Jonas. You get to see the same things from another perspective, from Claire, a birthmother... and if you hadn't guessed already, there is a very strong connection to a beloved character in the first book. It's a unique experience reading about events when you already know what is coming up. The second portion of the book (Between) is ok. It's interesting again to be reminded of the things the "community" lacked, as Claire is introduced (as Jonas was) to such things as color and music ... and seasons, mountains, pets. The third portion of the book (Beyond) ... EVERYTHING comes together. I hope you've read Gathering Blue and Messenger, as we see many of those characters again, including ... THE TRADEMASTER (evil music playing in the background). Like I said, I HAD to keep going, had to reach the conclusion of not only the book, but the series. Again, as mentioned before (and I mentioned in reviews of the other books), if you really stop and think about certain things, there are portions that don't really make sense and leave you wondering. And while many questions are answered, there are still many things left up to the reader to ponder. I feel lucky that I didn't discover this series until recently, and was able to read all four books close together, as I know they were actually written years and years apart.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    I really, really, really wanted to like this book. "The Giver" is one of my all time favorites, the story was just so poignant, moving, and left so much room for independent thought and interpretation. I also enjoyed "Gathering Blue" and while I was sort of underwhelmed by "Messenger" I enjoyed seeing the three protagonists of the books come together to vanquish evil through the giving of one of their own lives. It satisfied me as an end to this loosely tied together trilogy and then this book c I really, really, really wanted to like this book. "The Giver" is one of my all time favorites, the story was just so poignant, moving, and left so much room for independent thought and interpretation. I also enjoyed "Gathering Blue" and while I was sort of underwhelmed by "Messenger" I enjoyed seeing the three protagonists of the books come together to vanquish evil through the giving of one of their own lives. It satisfied me as an end to this loosely tied together trilogy and then this book comes out of nowhere and all I'm asking is "WHY?!" Beware spoilers ahead (view spoiler)[ My first and biggest problem with this book is that the first half is basically just "The Giver" rehashed from another perspective. I understand that Lowry was trying to create a book that could stand alone, therefore necessitating the reiteration of some things that fans of the series would find redundant, but the problem was that even though Lowry included these things so it could work as a stand alone I felt like she was assuming her readers wouldn't be reading it as a stand alone, so these reiterations were poorly written, boring, and with a lackluster prose that made me feel as if I was reading some bad fan fiction for "The Giver". The one thing I did like was getting to know more about Birthmothers, I didn't give them much thought originally but that really would be a traumatizing assignment. The best part of the book is the middle in which Claire resides in a community readers have not been exposed to before. The characters here feel more real than any others in the book. Lame Einar rocked my socks, unfortunately this part of the book makes up only a small portion of the story. Which brings us to the last part of the book which takes place in the same community as "Messenger" where Claire is randomly old, everything is rushed, poorly thought out, and haphazardly tied up with an awkward bow. Yeah, I'm looking at you Jonas, who is now randomly married to Kira, who sends Gabriel to vanquish evil, which I was under the impression we already vanquished, in the simplest most unimaginative way possible, which magically makes Claire young again and everyone is happy.... O_o (hide spoiler)] In conclusion this was a rather uninspired end to these stories. Personally, I will pretend this book doesn't exist.

  24. 5 out of 5

    P

    เปนหนังสือปิดทายชุด The Giver ทีเชือมทังสามเลมแรกเขาดวยกัน ความทีหนังสือชุดนีมีความหมายเชิงสัญลักษณแฝงอยูเยอะมาก คือถาไมสังเกตใหดีจะมองขาม ถาอานแบบวิเคราะหไตรตรองมากจะมึน แตกมีประเดนทีเราชอบมากกคือ ตรงทีนักเขียนพยายามจะสือความหมายตอนทีแคลรพยายามตามหาลูกชายของเธอวา ความเปนแมอาจตองแลกมาดวยความสาวความเยาววัย แตตองสูญเสียตรงนันไปหากเธออยากไดลูกชายของเธอ เราอานนีรูสึกละเลียด ถึงเนือเรืองมันจะไมหวือหวาอะไรเหมือนนิยายดิสโทเปียสมัยใหม และการทีมีนิยายเลมนีออกมาอาจจะไปหักลบความลึกลับของตอนจบอันลือเลืองในเล เป็นหนังสือปิดท้ายชุด The Giver ที่เชื่อมทั้งสามเล่มแรกเข้าด้วยกัน ความที่หนังสือชุดนี้มีความหมายเชิงสัญลักษณ์แฝงอยู่เยอะมาก คือถ้าไม่สังเกตให้ดีจะมองข้าม ถ้าอ่านแบบวิเคราะห์ไตร่ตรองมากจะมึน แต่ก็มีประเด็นที่เราชอบมากก็คือ ตรงที่นักเขียนพยายามจะสื่อความหมายตอนที่แคลร์พยายามตามหาลูกชายของเธอว่า ความเป็นแม่อาจต้องแลกมาด้วยความสาวความเยาว์วัย แต่ต้องสูญเสียตรงนั้นไปหากเธออยากได้ลูกชายของเธอ เราอ่านนี่รู้สึกละเลียด ถึงเนื้อเรื่องมันจะไม่หวือหวาอะไรเหมือนนิยายดิสโทเปียสมัยใหม่ และการที่มีนิยายเล่มนี้ออกมาอาจจะไปหักลบความลึกลับของตอนจบอันลือเลื่องในเล่มแรกให้หายวับไปกับตา เพราะข้อสงสัยที่ใครหลายคนเคยตั้งเอาไว้ในตอนจบเล่มหนึ่งว่าโจนาสไปไหน ? เขาตายหรือเปล่า ? และเก๊บมีชีวิตรอดต่อไปไหม ? ... เล่มนี้คือตอบโจทย์ทุกอย่าง ถ้าใครอยากคงความคลาสสิคของ The Giver เอาไว้ เราไม่แนะนำให้อ่านเล่มนี้ เพราะอย่างที่บอก มันจะไม่มีข้อโต้แย้งโต้เถียงใดๆของหนังสือเล่มนี้เหลือไว้ให้ discuss กันอีกต่อไป แต่ถ้าใครอยาก complete นิยายชุดนี้ให้หายคาใจ เราก็แนะนำให้อ่านโลด (view spoiler)[แคลร์ให้กำเนิดบุตรชายแต่เธอไม่มีโอกาสได้เห็นหน้าเขาเธอก็ถูกส่งไปทำหน้าที่อื่นในชุมชนเสียก่อน แต่แคลร์ยังหาโอกาสที่จะกลับมาดูแลเก๊บอยู่เรื่อยๆ จนกระทั่งวันที่เด็กชายถูกประเมินว่ามีความผิดปกติและถูกส่งไปกำจัด นั่นทำให้วันที่โจนาสหลบหนีออกไปจากหมู่บ้านและได้พาเก๊บออกไปได้ แคลร์ล่องเรือมาพร้อมความทรงจำที่สูญหายไปยังหมู่บ้านแห่งหนึ่งที่อยู่ไกลออกไป ทางออกจากสถานที่แห่งนี้คือหน้าผาสูงชัน เมื่อแคลร์เริ่มเรียนรู้สิ่งต่างๆที่เธอไม่เคยรู้มาก่อนมากขึ้นเรื่อยๆ เธอจำเรื่องราวของเด็กน้อยในอ้อมกอดของเธอได้ เธอจึงขอให้ไอนาร์ช่วยเธอปีนเขาออกไปจากที่นี่ จนกระทั่งวันที่เธอขึ้นสู่ยอดเขาและได้ทำข้อตกลงกับผู้เชี่ยวชาญการแลกเปลี่ยนที่ยื่นข้อเสนอให้เธอได้พบกับลูกสาวเพื่อแลกกับความสาวของเธอไป แคลร์ตกลง นั่นจึงทำให้เธอกลายเป็นหญิงชรายามที่เธอได้พบกับโจนาสและเก๊บ ลูกชายของเธออีกครั้ง แคลร์กำลังจะตาย เมื่อเก๊บได้รู้ความจริง โจนาสได้บอกกับเขาว่าเก๊บต้องทำลายผู้เชียวชาญการแลกเปลี่ยนลงเสีย เก๊บจึงล่องเรือไปหาผู้เชียวชาญการแลกเปลี่ยนและใช้พรสวรค์ที่เขามีชนะได้ในที่สุด แคลร์ฟื้นตัวและกลับมาสาวอีกครั้งในขณะที่เธอเปิดประตูเพื่อต้อนรับการกลับบ้านของลูกชายเธอ (hide spoiler)]

  25. 4 out of 5

    Spider the Doof Warrior

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I'm sorry, but this book could have been better. Like did we need the long scenes of Claire climbing? That could have been cut in half and left more room for the climax at the end which went by too fast. Really the Tradesmaster should have been built up more. I find this world confusing. Do you have the Communist Community? The place were everyone is an asshole, the place where everyone is very nice plus the place with people who seem to be Norwegian but everyone speaks the same language. How do I'm sorry, but this book could have been better. Like did we need the long scenes of Claire climbing? That could have been cut in half and left more room for the climax at the end which went by too fast. Really the Tradesmaster should have been built up more. I find this world confusing. Do you have the Communist Community? The place were everyone is an asshole, the place where everyone is very nice plus the place with people who seem to be Norwegian but everyone speaks the same language. How do you just get rid of seasons and turn off of nature? Where do the fathers of these children come from? There are a lot of questions that aren't answered so other than characters popping up in earlier books, it really doesn't seem to take place in the same world. So this could have been better. It started off OK, looking at the Community in the perspective of a young, powerless girl and a Birthmother no less who got to lose her child. But the part at the middle is rather dull. The ending happens too fast and there are things that could have been cut out to make the story better and tighter. Also, I'm sorry, but there was NO REASON NOT TO TELL GABE THAT YOU'RE HIS MOTHER! AND he had a way of finding out! I hate when writers introduce some way of finding out all the answers and there is not a good reason for them to just do this. Like, Lyra had her Alethiameter. And when she didn't check it, she had a good reason like she couldn't see it, or her friend just didn't want to know behind taking a hot bath what was going to happen next. It made sense. But this kid has this power and doesn't use it. He's not about to lose it. He just fears it. Just once can't a person go, I have a POWER. WOOO WEE I'm going to use it. This would make more sense! ALSO WHY DID SHE KILL THOSE POOR BABY GULLS?!?!?!? AUGH! This book could have been so MUCH BETTER! GAAAAAH!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lila Kims

    I love it. I love Claire and what she fights for. I love how all the books tie together in this last installment, and how the realization of how long I've been following these characters' journeys took my breath away. I love how indescribably powerful this book is. I. Love. It. So. Much.

  27. 5 out of 5

    ياسمين ثابت

    حين قرأت عن هذه الرباعية اندهشت جدا انها مصنفة للمراهقين لاني شعرت انها عميقة جدا تتناول افكار من الصعب علي انا نفسي استيعابها من المرة الاولى بالرغم من بساطة الاسلوب فلقد جاءت الافكار مختلفة تجريدية تصف اشياء كثيرة في الحياة ولكن وياللاسف حين قرأت الجزء الاخير منها ادركت لماذا صنفت للمراهقين او الاطفال اصابتني خيبة امل كبيرة جدا بالطريقة التي انهت بها الكاتبة لويس لوري مثل هذه السلسلة الساحرة: (الجزء القادم حرق للاحداث) على سبيل المثال كانت صدمة بالنسبة لي كيف انتهت حكاية ماتي بطل الجزء الثالث وشخصية حين قرأت عن هذه الرباعية اندهشت جدا انها مصنفة للمراهقين لاني شعرت انها عميقة جدا تتناول افكار من الصعب علي انا نفسي استيعابها من المرة الاولى بالرغم من بساطة الاسلوب فلقد جاءت الافكار مختلفة تجريدية تصف اشياء كثيرة في الحياة ولكن وياللاسف حين قرأت الجزء الاخير منها ادركت لماذا صنفت للمراهقين او الاطفال اصابتني خيبة امل كبيرة جدا بالطريقة التي انهت بها الكاتبة لويس لوري مثل هذه السلسلة الساحرة: (الجزء القادم حرق للاحداث) على سبيل المثال كانت صدمة بالنسبة لي كيف انتهت حكاية ماتي بطل الجزء الثالث وشخصية هامة في الجزء الثاني وكيف انهت حكاية كيرا وجوناس ابطال الجزء الاول والثاني ففي النصف الاول من الكتاب تجد نفسك عائدا للجزء الاول ولكن من زاوية اخرى زاوية الام كلير والتي تصف ذلك المجتمع الاول الذي كنت انتظر ان نعود الى ذكره في اي جزء من السلسلة لان عنده كانت البداية ومنه كان الهرب وشعرت انه لابد ان تكون هناك مواجهة معه في النهاية لنشعر ان الدائرة اكتملت عادت القصة الى الام كلير تصف اشياء كثيرة مرت بها في المجتمع الاول الذي كنا نعلم كيف كان يسير ثم فجاة فقدانها لولدها الذي من المفترض انه جابريل (الطفل الذي انقذه جوناس في الجزء الاول) وكيف لاحظت وجود عالم اخر ومجتمعات اخرى, رغبتها في ايجاد ابنها, رغبتها في الهرب, لحظة هروب جوناس وكيف تلقى ذلك المجتمع الاول خبر هروبه, كل هذا كان في قمة الحماس عند نهاية الثلث الاول من الكتاب لتجد نفسك في عالم مختلف تماما كلير ركبت سفينة لتبحث عن ولدها والسفينة غرقت وغرقت معها ذكرياتها ووجدت نفسها في قرية مع اناس الى حد ما بدائيين (بالمقارنة بالتكنولوجيا في المجتمع الاول وفي عصرنا الحالي) تعيش مواقف لا اعلم اهميتها في القصة, لتصل بنا شيئا فشيئا لاستعادة ذاكرتها ورغبتها في العودة للبحث عن ابنها (في هذه المواقف يضيع نصف الكتاب تقريبا) لنجد اننا اقتربنا من نهاية الكتاب والقصة اخذت منحنى في منتهى الملل خصوصا حين قابلت (رجل شرير ظهر في الجزء الثالث ولم اشعر انه ذات اهمية) وطلب منها ان يدلها على ابنها في مقابل ان ياخذ شبابها!! ماهذا الهراء! ثم فجاة قفزة زمنية لنجد ان الام كلير عاشت في نفس المجتمع الذي كان فيه جبريل وهي عجوز وهو في الخامسة عشر من عمره – عاشت معه ثمان سنوات دون ان تخبره انها امه! ولم تصف لنا الكاتبة الموقف الذي تحملنا لاجله قراءه كل هذه الصفحات مشهد لقاء الابن مع امه, في حين ان تصوير الكاتبة لشخصية جابريل كان باهتا جدا ومثير للسخرية وهو يرغب في البحث عن اصله واهله وحين اخبروه انها والدته وانها تعرضت للعنة ما لذلك صارت عجوزا لم يصدقهم! صار الكتاب فوضى عارمة – وكادت كلير ان تموت وابنها ذهب ليقتص من ذلك الشرير الذي (سرق شبابها!) ثم كانت العشر صفحات الاخيرة من الكتاب مثل مسلسلات الكرتون المعروضة على سبيس تون حوار بين الخير والشر – الشرير لطيف ومتعاون يريد الانتصار بشرف – الخير دمه ثقيل يعطي مواعظ ثم انتصار باهت مزيف ثم كلمة النهاية! ثم صرخة من القارئ لمااااااااااااااذا؟!!! -------- جزء محبط للامال جدا كنت اتمنى لو انه بشكل ما كان هناك صراع بين تلك المجتمعات التي هرب منها الابطال في محاولة للبحث عنهم او الانتقام منهم او مواجهتهم وتخليص هؤلاء الافراد الغافلين من هذه الحياة كنت اتمنى ان يلتقي مثلا جوناس باللذان كانا والديه ان نفهم من وراء فكرة تكوين مثل هذه المجتمعات اشياء من هذا القبيل اشياء مشوقة ممتعة لا ان تتحول سلسلة من ارقى واعمق الاعمال الى اكشن كرتوني مكرر حد الملل ورخيص للاسف كان هذا اخر كتاب اقراه في سنة 2015

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kerri Anne

    Preface: I was weary to begin this book knowing full well it was the official end of a new-found and much beloved series. But begin I did, and then proceeded to swim tirelessly through it, only stopping to sleep and even then, reluctantly so and really only because Matt reminded me the pathogens plaguing so many, the ones I've been narrowly avoiding for weeks now, are still just waiting patiently for my immune system to stumble. It's beautiful, is my overall point, and I could have happily read Preface: I was weary to begin this book knowing full well it was the official end of a new-found and much beloved series. But begin I did, and then proceeded to swim tirelessly through it, only stopping to sleep and even then, reluctantly so and really only because Matt reminded me the pathogens plaguing so many, the ones I've been narrowly avoiding for weeks now, are still just waiting patiently for my immune system to stumble. It's beautiful, is my overall point, and I could have happily read Lowry's meticulously crafted 393 pages in a single sitting. This book is a brand new character you're not so sure you can trust followed by the realization said character is lovely and strong and will fight the whole book long. It's a brave new world found amidst steep cliffs and a tumultuous sea. It's a fierce and gentle love aligned for a steadfast purpose. It's bravery and hasty, admirable sacrifice in the face of foul-smelling death. It's me, crying and wanting to shank an entire premise. This book is compelling, well done, a solid finish to what is quite possibly the most beautiful series I've thus stumbled upon. [Five stars for water, water everywhere, and so much of it to drink.]

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    ★★★ Son is the fourth and final installment in Lois Lowry's young adult, dystopian series titled The Giver Quartet. I enjoyed seeing how all the books in this series finally tied together. I was definitely wondering for a while why the series was set up the way it was, but it all came together in the end. Overall, I liked this book and I enjoyed the series as a whole. It's doesn't make my favorites list but that's just personal preference. If you enjoy young adult, dystopian novels then I would r ★★★½ Son is the fourth and final installment in Lois Lowry's young adult, dystopian series titled The Giver Quartet. I enjoyed seeing how all the books in this series finally tied together. I was definitely wondering for a while why the series was set up the way it was, but it all came together in the end. Overall, I liked this book and I enjoyed the series as a whole. It's doesn't make my favorites list but that's just personal preference. If you enjoy young adult, dystopian novels then I would recommend this series...if only to read the stories that gave birth to the dystopian trend that is among us today. My favorite quote: “Fear dims when you learn things.”

  30. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    I love the Giver. So when I heard that Lowry had written a sequel after all this time, I was beyond thrilled. For Son, I love the main character, Claire. She is beautiful, sweet, kind, and has a depth to her that I feel is missing in most female heroines/protagonists today. The underlying drive and theme is also noble-- love as expressed through a mother searching for her lost son. Is there anything more important? Lowry has a wonderful way of offering up themes that need to be considered and di I love the Giver. So when I heard that Lowry had written a sequel after all this time, I was beyond thrilled. For Son, I love the main character, Claire. She is beautiful, sweet, kind, and has a depth to her that I feel is missing in most female heroines/protagonists today. The underlying drive and theme is also noble-- love as expressed through a mother searching for her lost son. Is there anything more important? Lowry has a wonderful way of offering up themes that need to be considered and discussed, and doing it without flash, without titillation, without sentimentality, but instead through very human characters and universal deep longings that we recognize and understand. Reuniting with characters from The Giver, Gathering Blue, and Messenger, and to see how their lives had turned out 15 years later, was fun. It was satisfying as a fan to see her weave stories and characters from the past books together in new ways here. But in the end, I was left unmoved. The ending left something to be desired. Or perhaps I just love The Giver too much. I'm not sure. But Son is definitely a must-read for anyone who loves the world Lois Lowry created with The Giver.

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