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Son | [Lois Lowry]

Son

When the young girl washed up on their shore, no one knew she had been a Vessel. That she had carried a Product. That it had been carved from her belly. Stolen. Claire had had a son. She was supposed to forget him, but that was impossible. When he was taken from their community, she knew she had to follow. And so her journey began. But here in this wind-battered village Claire is welcomed as one of their own. In the security of her new home, she is free and loved. She grows stronger.
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Publisher's Summary

"They called her Water Claire."

When the young girl washed up on their shore, no one knew she had been a Vessel. That she had carried a Product. That it had been carved from her belly. Stolen.

Claire had had a son. She was supposed to forget him, but that was impossible. When he was taken from their community, she knew she had to follow. And so her journey began.

But here in this wind-battered village Claire is welcomed as one of their own. In the security of her new home, she is free and loved. She grows stronger. As tempted as she is by the warmth of more human kindness than she has ever known, she cannot stay. Her son is out there; a young boy by now. Claire will stop at nothing to find her child...even if it means trading her own life.

With Son, the two-time Newbery Medal - winning Lois Lowry has spun another mesmerizing tale in this thrilling and long-awaited conclusion to The Giver.

©2012 Lois Lowry (P)2012 Listening Library

What the Critics Say

"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." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

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    christy Plano, TX, United States 03-12-15
    christy Plano, TX, United States 03-12-15 Member Since 2011
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    "If you read the first 3, you gotta read Son."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Moore 02-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Sound issues."

    The book is great but the sound...sounds like it is echoing in a cave. Well read but it has an echo.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marne 02-14-15
    Marne 02-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fun series to read"

    The ending left me hanging. I am wondering if there will be more books. Lois Lowery is a great author and I would recommend for young and old.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph 02-10-15
    Joseph 02-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautiful ending"

    Amazing quartet of books and this was the perfect end. It's been so long since I've had such a heartfelt read. Just lovely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tara Norfolk, VA, United States 04-03-13
    Tara Norfolk, VA, United States 04-03-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Mother of Gabe..."

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tech Queen PA United States 01-30-13
    Tech Queen PA United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Ties The Giver Series Together"
    What made the experience of listening to Son the most enjoyable?

    Learning the fate of many of the series characters and answering some of the questions left at the end of the other books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fierce/Lame Inar was my favorite character. He was one of the most genuine of souls.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    There were some inconsistencies in the story, enough to question but not enough to ruin it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gilmara Lima Mendes Piscataway, New Jersey 11-20-12
    Gilmara Lima Mendes Piscataway, New Jersey 11-20-12 Member Since 2014

    Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.

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    "A Story of Love and Resilience"
    What made the experience of listening to Son the most enjoyable?

    The so expected end of the quartet is what I had been looking forward to, and this time Gabe got to be one of the main characters, which was fun to watch his journey, his growth.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Claire and Gabe were my favorite characters, Seeing their story towards one another was what kept me going.
    I also loved seeing how Jonas participated in this book. I loved his wisdom and serenity.


    What does Bernadette Dunne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She performed it very well. I would enjoy listening to another book narrated by her. My favorite narrator so far was Ron Rifkin, from "The Giver", though.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really, although I really enjoyed the end. I was kind of slow going for a while between the first and second parts of this book, but I kept on going because I wanted to see what would happen to Claire and how she would find her son.


    Any additional comments?

    I think Lois Lowry could have explored so many things so much more throughout the quartet. I really missed some points of the story where she kind of left a blank. My favorite book is still "The Giver" (the first one of the quartet), which was the reason for me to go look for the rest of the series.
    I know some mystery has to be left in the air, but I wish there could have been a proper end to Claire and her son, with more details, but it was left up tp imagination.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Belinda Somewhere, CA 10-08-12
    Belinda Somewhere, CA 10-08-12 Member Since 2015

    Marble Book

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    "Heavy handed predictable story"

    Everything seems being put together by the author conveniently. The interesting and different worlds that the author described in the previous books ended in this book with a pretty cliched fairy tale.

    However, unlike the other books, this book does have a very clear end, guessing the author just run out of steam to imagine some innovative evils.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 01-13-15
    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 01-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Long and unfulfilling"

    What a sad way to end a series that begins with such power. The tale is long. What frustrated me the most was the detailing of objects and events that had no pertinence. Well, if they did, anyway, there is just too many to focus on for a message. There is a message - one clear one - but unless you enjoy stories told with great detail and sorrow you may as well stop here.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Grazyna 08-13-14
    Grazyna 08-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent series with horrible narrator"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Bernadette Dunne’s performances?

    The narrator should find another job - I only went through the story as there was no alternative and I love the series.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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