|Told in three separate story lines, Lowry''s "Son" combines elements from the first three novels in her Giver QuartetN"The Giver" (1994 Newbery Medal winner), "Gathering Blue, " and "Messenger"Ninto a breathtaking, thought-provoking narrative that wrestles with ideas of human freedom.|
|From the Publisher:
Son is the long-awaited and compelling conclusion to The Giver Quartet, a true sequel to Lowry's Caldecott Medal?winning The Giver. Told in three separate storylines, Son ties the first three books of The Giver Quartet together ? The Giver, Gathering Blue, and Messenger ? into one breath-taking and thought-provoking story.
Thrust back into the dark, claustrophobic world of The Giver, we meet a compelling new heroine, fourteen year old Claire, and see another view of this dystopian community. We also meet Jonas from The Giver once again, and Kira, the heroine of Gathering Blue. In a final clash between good and evil, a new hero emerges.
The final book in Lois Lowry's critically acclaimed Giver Quartet pulls different stories and people together from each of the books through the troubling experiences of a young woman named Claire. Culture, conformity, dystopia, and freedom are just a few of themes here. Told in three novella-like sections, the story follows Claire through her life. She became a Birthmother at the age of 13, only to be cruelly decertified after the difficult birth of her first "Product" when she was 14. Eventually escaping, Claire comes to on the shores of an unfamiliar village, where she struggles to remember her past and the locals can't understand the terribly restrictive place that she came from. The truth soon comes out, and key characters from the past come together to face the impossible. Set in different times that reference other three books in the series, including THE GIVER, THE MESSENGER, and GATHERING BLUE, this is a stirring conclusion.
Lois Lowry has tremendous range as a writer. She is well known for her humorous series of books about Anastasia Krupnik and her younger brother, Sam, but has also written about more serious topics, such as the Holocaust. As a result of her father's career as a U.S. Army dentist, Lois was born in Hawaii and attended junior high school in Japan. She attended Brown University but left school to get married and have children and, as a matter of fact, she had four before her 25th birthday. She eventually returned to school and graduated from the University of Maine. Her first book, A SUMMER TO DIE, was published in 1977. She won the Newbery Medal in 1990 for NUMBER THE STARS and again in 1994 for THE GIVER. A woman of many talents, Lowry's work as a photographer has appeared on the cover of some of her books. She also appeared on the television quiz show Jeopardy!
"The story is divided into three sections, and in the completely absorbing opening, Lowry transports readers back to the horrifying world from which Jonas came....If the latter sections don't quite keep up with the thrilling revelations of the first, Lowry still ties together these stories in a wholly satisfying way."
"[Lowry] writes heart-rendingly about the agony of absence and the injustice of loss...Her characters carry their burdens without complaint, embracing any risk to save the ones they love.... A powerful theme that runs throughout the quartet, empathy here claims center stage. To be able to imagine, or even experience, the inner life of another: In Lowry's world, this is the ultimate redemptive force, the gift that makes us human. In our world, it's the gift this book--and every book--offers us."
- Robin Wasserman
"Infinitely more satisfying than the previous installment, Son is a tender conclusion to this memorable story, and definitely the best of the books in this sequence since The Giver itself."
"Written with powerful, moving simplicity, Claire's story stands on its own, but as the final volume in this iconic quartet, it holistically reunites characters, reprises provocative socio-political themes, and offers a transcending message of tolerance and hope."