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Friday, November 9, 2012

Son by Lois Lowry

The Giver has been one of my favorite books ever since I read it back in Elementary school. I didn't even realize that Lowry had penned a sequel to Jonah's story until just days before it was released. Probably a good thing, now that I think about it, because I would have driven myself crazy with need!

Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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.

What I Liked: 1) Well, getting back to the world that we'd discovered in The Giver was like...experiencing a piece of my childhood again. It's been several years since I've read The Giver, but I've never forgotten that wonder and terrifying amazement that I felt the first time I read it. I got to experience that again when I opened Son. A lot of it was about nostalgia for me, so I really enjoyed that part of it. But at the same time, being back in this world gave us the opportunity to explore different parts of it than we had seen while we were tagging along with Jonah. If you've read The Giver, Son will give you a new perspective of this world without color. 2) Claire. Claire was a hard character to get to know at first, because she is so much under the "spell" of the world she lives in. But then, she becomes a completely different person, and you have to learn about her all over again. Luckily, there is a slew of supporting characters that help you along the way. I always appreciate supporting characters for who they are, but in Son, I really realized how much the added to the story. Without them, I wouldn't have felt like I knew Claire. So Ms. Lowry definitely knew how to use those to her advantage. 3) The journey. I mean it literally when I say journey. When Claire decides to find her child, she heads out on a journey that no one else in her community could have prepared her for. There is so much out there that she discovers that it really just shows the reader how isolated has been. 4) The conclusion. I'm pleased at the way the story ended. I don't think I could have asked for anything better for some of my oldest and dearest fictional friends.

What I Didn't Like: Oh, this book could have been terrible and I probably still would have loved it.

Overall Thoughts: For fans of Lois Lowry's writing, Son is a beautiful conclusion to an epic story with dystopian elements, romance and adventure. I know that I grew up reading Lois Lowry books, and a lot of people my age can probably say the same. And ten years after the first book was published, Ms. Lowry has still got it!

My Rating: 5 shots

6 comments:

  1. I loved the Giver, I have not read Gathering Blue or the Messenger and I need to. I adore the new covers. I love books about the journey. great review.

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    1. I haven't read the other two. Frankly, I didn't even know about those two until this one came out and everyone started talking about it again. This one was the only one that is back in the community where Jonah came up, so that's why it interested me.

      Courtney

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  2. This sounds wonderful. My library has this on audiobook. I was thinking about checking it out. Great review!!

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    1. Hm, I never thought about trying the audiobook! You'll have to let me know how it is!

      Courtney

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    1. Oh, thanks for stopping by! I'll get by yours today!

      Courtney

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