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Review of Son by Lois Lowry


by Lois Lowry

If you thought J.K. Rowling had the last word on the power of maternal love, think again. Son, Lois Lowry’s fourth and final installment in “The Giver Quartet,” is well worth the wait. Told in three parts (“Before,” “Between,” and “Beyond”), the novel introduces a new heroine, Claire. She belongs to the same community as Jonas (the young hero in Newbery Award Winner, The Giver); in fact, at age fourteen, she is only three years his senior. Assigned the job of birthmother, she delivers a child – a son – but he is immediately taken from her, sight unseen. Because birthmothers are exempt from the pills everyone else is required to take (which deaden emotion), Claire finds herself overwhelmed with a powerful new emotion: love. And she determines to find her son, regardless of the odds, the risk, or the sacrifice involved. At turns exciting, suspenseful, thought-provoking and poignant, this is a must-read. For fans of the first three books (The Giver, Gathering Blue and Messenger), there are highly satisfying appearances of characters from those works (including the surprising identity of Claire’s son). If you have not read the others, this book easily stands on its own merit… and will surely tempt you to get hold of the first three, as quickly as possible.



  1. Nice review! I liked the book, too! Lowery is an amazing writer. After I read SON, I went back and reread THE GIVER. Wonderful imagination.

    • Thanks, Cecily. She’s absolutely one of my favorite authors. So glad it made you want to go back and re-read the first one. Now you’ve got to read (or re-read) the 2nd and 3rd! I always liked GATHERING BLUE a lot, too.

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