The long awaited sequel to The Giver was not anything like I expected. But if you're a fan of the series (The Giver, A Gathering Blue, and The Messenger) then you definitely don't want to miss out on the conclusion to the quartet.
I picked up this book probably ten times over the past year before I actually sat down to read it. But when I finally did sit down and read more than just the first page I couldn't put it down! I read it in a matter of hours, that's how much I enjoyed it.
This review is full of spoilers for the other books in the series, so if you haven't read them and you want to, go read them before you read this review!
At the end of The Giver, Jonas and Gabe fly down a hill on a red sled and into a new community. There was always a lot of debate about what happened there, did they die? Were they accepted? Lois Lowry put those questions to rest with other books in the series, but then Son was published and you learned EVERYTHING about the story, getting a much fuller picture.
But the thing about Son is that it isn't just a sequel, it's a companion book and it's about the love of a mother searching for her biological son. And in this case, it's Gabe's mother Claire. It's a complex story with a lot of fascinating details about other communities and other people and choices.
If you liked The Giver and the other books in the series this is a must read. I'd highly recommend it to anyone in sixth grade and up. And just like the end of The Giver, Son left me with questions, but the good kind, the kind that make you think and imagine.
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