Son 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 ha

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 SThey 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.

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  1. Taken from Lowry s website I ve always felt that I was fortunate to have been born the middle child of three My older sister, Helen, was very much like our mother gentle, family oriented, eager to please Little brother Jon was the only boy and had interests that he shared with Dad together they were always working on electric trains and erector sets and later, when Jon was older, they always seemed to have their heads under the raised hood of a car That left me in between, and exactly where I wanted most to be on my own I was a solitary child who lived in the world of books and my own vivid imagination.Because my father was a career military officer an Army dentist I lived all over the world I was born in Hawaii, moved from there to New York, spent the years of World War II in my mother s hometown Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and from there went to Tokyo when I was eleven High school was back in New York City, but by the time I went to college Brown University in Rhode Island , my family was living in Washington, D.C.I married young I had just turned nineteen just finished my sopho year in college when I married a Naval officer and continued the odyssey that military life requires California Connecticut a daughter born there Florida a son South Carolina Finally Cambridge, Massachusetts, when my husband left the service and entered Harvard Law School another daughter another son and then to Maine by now with four children under the age of five in tow My children grew up in Maine So did I I returned to college at the University of Southern Maine, got my degree, went to graduate school, and finally began to write professionally, the thing I had dreamed of doing since those childhood years when I had endlessly scribbled stories and poems in notebooks.After my marriage ended in 1977, when I was forty, I settled into the life I have lived ever since Today I am back in Cambridge, Massachusetts, living and writing in a house dominated by a very shaggy Tibetan Terrier named Bandit For a change of scenery Martin and I spend time in Maine, where we have an old it was built in 1768 farmhouse on top of a hill In Maine I garden, feed birds, entertain friends, and readMy books have varied in content and style Yet it seems that all of them deal, essentially, with the same general theme the importance of human connections A Summer to Die, my first book, was a highly fictionalized retelling of the early death of my sister, and of the effect of such a loss on a family Number the Stars, set in a different culture and era, tells the same story that of the role that we humans play in the lives of our fellow beings.The Giver and Gathering Blue, and the newest in the trilogy Messenger take place against the background of very different cultures and times Though all three are broader in scope than my earlier books, they nonetheless speak to the same concern the vital need of people to be aware of their interdependence, not only with each other, but with the world and its environment.My older son was a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force His death in the cockpit of a warplane tore away a piece of my world But it left me, too, with a wish to honor him by joining the many others trying to find a way to end conflict on this very fragile earth.I am a grandmother now For my own grandchildren and for all those of their generation I try, through writing, to convey my passionate awareness that we live intertwined on this planet and that our future depends upon our caring , and doing , for one another.

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  1. 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 th [...]

  2. 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 [...]

  3. 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 [...]

  4. 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 P [...]

  5. 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 r [...]

  6. Spoiler alert I have such mixed feelings about this series and book.The Giverwas 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 , 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, inThe Messenger , she had a beloved character die for the sin [...]

  7. 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 wide [...]

  8. 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 and 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 star [...]

  9. Too patd 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 [...]

  10. 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 [...]

  11. 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 ab [...]

  12. 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 [...]

  13. 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 br br br br br

  14. 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 [...]

  15. 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 [...]

  16. 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, isolat [...]

  17. 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 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 a [...]

  18. WARNING MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR THE GIVER YAY I M FINALLY FINISHED THIS SERIES I ve been reading The Giver Quartet since I was, umke 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 Mes [...]

  19. 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 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 [...]

  20. 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 room for the climax at the end which went by too fast Really the Tradesmaster should have been built up 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 r [...]

  21. 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 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 [...]

  22. 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 [...]

  23. 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 Low [...]

  24. 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 [...]

  25. 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 important Lowry has a wonderful way of offering up themes that need to be considered and discussed, and [...]

  26. At first I really enjoyed this, was glad to be back in Jonas world and liked seeing it from a different POV But as it went on and I saw where the story was going I started to enjoy it less Over all I guess it was about as good as books 2 and 3 But it was a really unnecessary addition It didnt add anything to story and actually pulled up old assumed resolved storylines instead of having its own.And I was really disappointed in the ending and that we dont find out what happened to Claire and Einar [...]

  27. I was really excited to read this and it didn t disappoint, loved how it tied all the other books and characters together and was very pleased with the ending If I had it my way I would have tweaked the ending just a little, but overall such a great series with a satisfying ending

  28. 3.5 starsIt be better, I think, to climb out in search of something, instead of hating, what you re leaving There are some books that don t need to be fancy, that don t need action or drama or ridiculous love triangles to get your attention Son is one of those rare books that is quiet, but impacting Its writing style could easily be described as simple, even plain, but I don t think that quite covers it There s something alluring about Lowry s style, something almost gravitational, which pulls y [...]

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