Saturday, October 27, 2012

Son (MG/YA)

Son. Lois Lowry. 2012. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 400 pages.

I found SON to be an amazing read!!!! I just loved, loved, loved it! Definitely a book I read in one sitting. In fact, I read The Messenger and Son the same evening. The book focuses on two characters: Claire and Gabe.

When Claire was twelve, she was assigned to be a birthmother. Barely two years later, she gives birth to her first (and only) child. Birthmothers never raise their own children, never care for their own young, not even that first year before it is placed into an adopting family. Because #36's arrival was complicated, Claire is dismissed from her (original) assignment and reassigned to the fish hatchery. Perhaps she should have stopped thinking about the baby she gave birth to, the baby she never even caught a glimpse of. But she happens to have an acquaintance assigned to the Nurturers, and she happens to learn the number of her child. And she learns he was a boy. She takes risks, perhaps, and decides to volunteer--unofficially if she must. Over the course of a year or so, she has the chance to bond with her son. She doesn't know his name, not really. And it's not as if there is a way for her to get her happily ever after, but, she has to make those few precious stolen moments count.

What I loved about Claire's story is that it offers readers an opportunity to revisit The Giver, to see it from another point of view. Readers get a chance to meet Jonas's father, to get to know him, in a way, over a series of encounters throughout the year. Readers also get a chance to explore different sides of the community. Claire is a fascinating heroine, in my opinion. I'm not sure that she's more fascinating than Jonas in The Giver, but, she's an observant, emotional heroine. And I connected with her from the start.

The novel covers many years, and only the first section is set in the same community as The Giver...

The other narrator of Son is Gabriel. Readers get a chance to revisit the community first introduced in Messenger. It gets VERY exciting and dramatic...

Read Son
  • If you're a fan of Lois Lowry
  • If THE GIVER is one of your favorite books and you really want to revisit it and learn more about this chilling community
  • If you've read the The Giver, Gathering Blue, and Messenger and want a conclusion to a great series
  • If you enjoy dystopias and middle grade science fiction

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hopeinbrazil 4:49 AM  

Sounds fascinating. I look forward to reading it.

Kelly Matherly 9:06 AM  

Carp! I have a book idea that is similar to this. Guess it's good I read yoru review, and havent totally written the book yet.

Melissa (Avid Reader) 1:08 PM  

I'm so looking forward to this one. I've read the first three and I can't wait to see how she concludes everyone's stories.

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