Title: Son (The Giver #4)
Author: Lois Lowry
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
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.
Lois Lowry’s conclusion to the beloved Giver quartet was absolutely wonderful. Though it was filled with tragedy and despair, it was the moments of stark beauty that made it truly compelling, the perfect end to a thought-provoking series. Having grown up with this series, it was very emotional to read the finale, and I’m very glad that Lowry pulled it off so well, as I knew she would. Although I have no children or young siblings, Claire’s pain and love for Gabriel really resonated with me in a deep way that I haven’t felt for a long time with a character. Like The Giver, Gathering Blue, and Messenger, Lowry has delivered another amazing story about the pain of love, the strength that can be gained from loss, and the everlasting fight between good and evil. Something else that makes this book and the ones preceding it so interesting is how it entranced both adults and children, making it an instant classic. After going back and reflecting and reading about this particular series, it is my belief that without Lois Lowry, the young adult genre could not have expanded and changed as it has in the past couple decades. She is a truly masterful storyteller, and with Son, has woven all four stories together to make for an incredibly satisfying conclusion.