Today I'm reviewing my first new reads for this award: Son by Lois Lowry is a contender for the Intermediate division.
Son - Lois Lowry
Somehow, certain siblings of mine made it through school without having read The Giver. This caused me surprise and chagrin, as it was required reading for me, and I can’t imagine a childhood without this haunting and subversive tale with the cliffhanger ending.
Son is the fourth and final installment in The Giver quartet. It is not really a series per se, as the events of Gathering Blue and Messenger can be fully enjoyed without having read The Giver at all. However, all three are required reading in order to fully appreciate and enjoy Son.
Son spans the history of events of all three of the other books. There are leaps forward in time, but they are reasonable and easy to follow. Water Claire is lost herself as she tries to seek out her lost child, and is asked to sacrifice greatly in order to be reunited with him. And really I can’t say more than that without spoiling the whole thing. But for lovers of The Giver or any of the other books in this series, Son offers many new twists and many answers to questions readers have had for two decades since The Giver was originally released.
I highly recommend this book for any fans of Lowry’s work, and for anyone who enjoys a dystopian tale without all the robots and police and heavy-handed governments that make this genre usually seem so dark. The government is there and lives are being controlled, but in so much subtler fashion than is currently typical in the genre.
Next up will be reviews for The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen and Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead. Stay tuned!