Son by Lois Lowry

87%

12 Critic Reviews

If the latter sections don’t quite keep up with the thrilling revelations of the first, Lowry still ties together these stories in a wholly satisfying way.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

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.

Son thrusts readers once again into the chilling world of the Newbery Medal winning book, The Giver, as well as Gathering Blue and Messenger where a new hero emerges. In this thrilling series finale, the startling and long-awaited conclusion to Lois Lowry’s epic tale culminates in a final clash between good and evil.
 

About Lois Lowry

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Lois Lowry is an award-winning author who has written many popular books for young adults. She was twice the recipient of the Newbery Medal, for Number the Stars and for The Giver. The author lives in Cambridge, MA.
 
Published October 2, 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 400 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Romance, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction
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All: 12 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Apr 25 2012

Claire’s story stands on its own, but as the final volume in this iconic quartet, it holistically reunites characters.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Robin Wasserman on Oct 11 2012

It’s the story of a humanity battered by inhuman forces: Nature. Age. Maybe even evil.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Sep 10 2012

If the latter sections don’t quite keep up with the thrilling revelations of the first, Lowry still ties together these stories in a wholly satisfying way.

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AV Club

Excellent
Reviewed by Kevin McFarland on Oct 15 2012

 This is just about the best way for Lowry to bookend a series she never intended to last beyond a single volume.

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LA Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Susan Carpenter on Sep 30 2012

Although the last page of "Son" is heartwarming, readers of Book 3 in particular will be all too aware of the plot work required to get there.

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The Boston Globe

Below average
Reviewed by Liz Rosenberg on Oct 03 2012

“Son’’ is an imperfect book, hampered by its over-elaborations and pacing.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Mary Quattlebaum on Sep 28 2012

Give this book to your child, your grandmother, your senator, your neighbor: It’s a bipartisan tale for our times.

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Chicago Tribune

Excellent
Reviewed by Mary Harris Russell on Dec 03 2012

Satisfying, delivered by a writer at the top of her game.

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The New Republic

Below average
Reviewed by Dory Fox on Nov 01 2012

She may have shown us the world through a wide window, but the view is disappointingly dull.

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Wired

Excellent
Reviewed by Kathy Ceceri on Nov 26 2012

The story has an ending, but Son still leaves us with many questions. Which, given the precedent she has set for her legion of fans young and old, is only fitting.

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The Iowa Association of School Librarians

Excellent
Reviewed by Mrs. Arrants on Nov 26 2012

The book overall is an excellent read, and one I would recommend for any lovers of The Giver.

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Ypulse

Excellent
Reviewed by Molly Horan on Sep 23 2012

I highly recommend it, but it should probably be chased with a light comedy.

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