Review: Son by Lois Lowry
Published October 2nd, 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers.
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? 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. (Goodreads)
The stunning conclusion to The Giver quartet left me satisfied but not raving. I really loved it, but it just couldn’t measure up to The Giver. I thought The Giver was concluded in a fine fashion, but I know many people disagreed so over time Lowry added to the story. Son was told in 3 parts and I actually really enjoyed the first part. I was sort of able to relive The Giver from a different character’s point of view with overlapping characters. I did find one grammatical error which just hurt my heart because everything has been so perfect to finish with a flaw was tragic.
Part one was set in the familiar Giver world. Characters like Jonah and his father had a huge role in this section. It was also nice seeing what another girl was doing while Jonah was going through his training with the Giver. At Claire’s ceremony of twelve she was selected to be a birthmother. It’s sort of a looked down upon job. The story begins with Claire giving birth to a newchild and because of circumstances surrounding the birth she is reassigned to the fish hatchery. The rest of section one follows her time at the hatchery and what happens because of her birth.
Section two was slightly odd and slightly lovely. We’re thrust into a new part of the world and it took some adjusting to get used to the dialogue and new characters. I ended up loving them so much. Lowry has a way of doing that. She can drop you into a completely unfamiliar world and make it feel like home.
The third and final section revisits another familiar place and this is where things go down. It was almost like a reunion of sorts. Everything was coming together and all the story lines were being weaved together in that masterful way that Lowry is known for. What I loved about each of the books in the quartet is the ending left you feeling uneasy, unsure, like you just don’t know what is gonna happen next. In Son however, there is a definite conclusion. There will be no more stories. That makes me sad. I knew going in there would be no more stories written, but I wish the conclusion had the same feel that the other books did like the story was still happening.
The writing again was fantastic. I did feel a slight difference in writing style from the first three books to this conclusion, but nothing short of amazing still. I rated Son by Lois Lowry 4 stars. This concluded my first read through of the quartet and I am definitely going to be re-reading The Giver this year. I feel like I have more of the puzzle now and I want to see if it’s just as amazing as when I read it the first time.
“It be better, I think, to climb out in search of something, instead of hating, what you’re leaving.”