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Unlike the other Birthmothers in her utopian community, teenaged Claire forms an attachment to her baby, feeling a great loss when he is taken to the Nurturing Center to be adopted by a family unit.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2012
ISBN: 9780547887203
Branch Call Number: J/ PB LOWRY
Characteristics: 393 p. ; 22 cm


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DBRL_KrisA Aug 10, 2017

I enjoyed this final book in the Giver series. It wraps up quite a few of the questions I had from the previous three books. The description of Gabe's longing for a mother, for a family, had me crying in Dairy Queen. But I have a few (fairly major) quibbles - some with this book and others with the series as a whole.
As I said, Son answers most of my questions from the previous books. But I still feel the author left some things unresolved: like what happens to the Community after Jonas and Gabe (and Claire) leave? When Matty and the blind man leave Kira behind in the village (in Gathering Blue) it's so that Kira can change the system from within; when we meet her again in Messenger, the village has improved, but the author has said nothing about how this came about. There are instances of this throughout the four books - places where there is a major change needing to be made - and the next time we encounter that place or that situation, it has been magically resolved, but with no explanation for the reader.
My other, major complaint has to do with the Gifts. The Giver was pretty straightforward science fiction; yes, there was the pseudo-magical issue of Jonas's connection to the Giver, but overall the story was basic post-apocalyptic sci-fi. With Gathering Blue, Kira's and Thomas's Gifts are central to the story, but it's still pretty normal sci-fi. With Messenger, we add Leader's and Matty's Gifts and the supernatural nature of the Trademaster, along with the very magical nature of the book's resolution, and by Son there's all kinds of magical, supernatural aspects. But I enjoyed more the parts that didn't have that supernatural element: the Community in The Giver, the northern village where Claire washes up in Son.

Jul 14, 2017

I finished the Giver Quartet at last, after meaning to do so for months. I especially liked this last book, Son. It was so much better than Gathering Blue and only a little bit better than Messenger. It had so many things that it wrapped up after wondering about them for weeks. I love this one mostly because I could identify with the main character, Claire, and how much she wanted her baby boy. Very well written series and I recommend it to anyone! Absolutely anyone!

Jul 07, 2017

So I finally finished the Giver series...
That was a ride. I really did enjoy this story, It was better than the second and third ones for sure.
I still was left on a minor cliffhanger and wanted to read more about Gabe and Jonas.
It was really good.

Dec 03, 2016

What happens to Jonas and Gabe? Just reading the summary is dissappointing. I hoped that the author would contuine telling the stories fo their lives. : (

AL_KELSEY Nov 21, 2016

Here is the long-awaited finale to The Giver series, and you will not be disappointed. Drawing from all of the books in this series, Lowry binds all of her characters together in a tear-jerking story of redemption, family, and hope.

Jun 27, 2016

A thrilling conclusion to an amazing series! Puzzle pieces fall together and suspense kept me on the edge of my seat! A great read that is highly recommend.

Jun 26, 2016

The best book in an excellent series. Just as you have to have read Gathering Blue to fully appreciate Messenger, you have to have read The Giver and Messenger to fully appreciate Son.
This book is essentially a set of three related short stories, each of which tells the story of one portion of Claire's life.

Jun 16, 2016

A satisfying conclusion to The Giver

May 13, 2016

This book is an incredibly clever portrayal, as the prequel to Gabe and Jonas. I find it exciting and overwhelming, but in a satisfying sense. A great way to finish off the Giver Quartet.

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Feb 07, 2016

The conclusion of the Giver Quartet begins back in the community first seen in The Giver, shortly before Jonas is chosen to be the Receiver of Memory. The book focuses on Claire, a birthmother in her community, who decides to track down her son. Claire runs away to a village by the sea, where she appears one day without any memories. Outside her restrictive community, she starts to see colors and works to become strong. Claire is willing to do anything to find her son, and her journey takes her to the wider world outside her community and brings back numerous characters from the previous three books. It’s a beautiful conclusion to a story that Lois Lowry began decades before.

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Jun 20, 2015

It will help when you learn them. Fear dims when you learn things.

Jun 20, 2015

“Fear dims when you learn things.”

Jun 20, 2015

“It be better, I think, to climb out in search of something, instead of hating, what you're leaving.”

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“Evil can do anything, for a price.”


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MaxineML Nov 26, 2013

Series Order for the Giver Quartet: The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger and Son.

Dec 29, 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. 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.

By the way, it's the fourth book to the Giver series.

ishaunna Oct 13, 2012

this is the third book to the giver this show that you can chage jobs but if your not qulified then you will be changed


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Dimmu16 Jan 12, 2013

Sexual Content: Well they don't exactly say it. But stuff like Sex is sort of mentioned.

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