"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
"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)
I wanted to love this book, I enjoyed the rest of the "series" tremendously and I re-read The Giver annually. This story just fell flat. It departs too far from the themes and world of the others to even believe that it belongs in the series. If not for the common characters and similar social setting the entire story would be unfamiliar. If you enjoyed the series it is worth a read, but keep your expectations low. Not since the forced Sunday morning sermons of my youth have I felt so blatantly preached at. I rare miss for one of my favorite authors, when I re-visit this series next I will likely stop at Messenger.
Overall a good follow up to "The Giver", though it would be difficult to fully live up to those standards. The climax could have been more exciting, but the "anti-climax seems to be a Lois Lowery trademark.....great book for young audiences, but lacking the appeal for adults present in "The Giver".
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.
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