I am not saying that it is great, but you have to finish the series! It would be like watching all of a movie and stopping 10 minutes before the end.
This is the story of the mother of the baby from The Giver...confused? If you have read The Giver you won't be, if you have not you should (and the other two books; Gathering Blue and Messanger) before you read this one. I would assume it can stand alone, but it is all the much richer with the background from the other books. Vivid descriptions, raw emotions and hard choices are at the core of this book. The love of a mother can drive even an emotionally deprived girl from the Giver community to embark on a quest of epic proportions.
Learning the fate of many of the series characters and answering some of the questions left at the end of the other books.
Fierce/Lame Inar was my favorite character. He was one of the most genuine of souls.
When Inar described what his life was like with his father. His revelations were unexpected and sad, but he had made peace with his existence.
There were some inconsistencies in the story, enough to question but not enough to ruin it.