Thursday, November 29, 2012

thoughts on: Son

Son (The Giver, #4)Son by Lois Lowry

Many years have passed since I read The Giver, and I was concerned this might diminish my enjoyment of Son. I need not have worried. Lois Lowry includes just enough references to characters in the earlier books to jog the memory, without dragging the story down with excessive exposition.

This final installment was written in response to her many readers who have asked, "What happened to the baby from the Giver?" Son is his story, but more so, it is the story of his young mother.

Opening in the tightly controlled community of The Giver, young Claire, assigned to the occupation of birthmother, gives birth to baby #36, whom she later learns is assigned the name Gabe. Divided into three distinct parts, each set in a different society, we see the difficulties and pains in each community, as we watch Claire search for her son, and, in the final segment, watch Gabe search for his mother.

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