Saturday, January 12, 2013

Son - A Review

First, let me tell you how much I love "The Giver"!  It was one of my favorite childhood books and I actually just bought it for a friend for Christmas last year since he'd never read it.  I also really liked "Gathering Blue".  I was very excited to learn Lois Lowry wrote a conclusion to the story!

Title: Son
Author: Lois Lowry
Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Books
Publication Date: October 2, 2012



Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Plot: First, here is the summary of "Son" from Amazon - 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.

The story is split into three different parts and tells the story of Gabe's mother from "The Giver".  Her name is Claire and she was a Birthmother, but something went wrong with his birth and she was let go, forced into the Hatchery.  Claire cannot get the newchild out of her mind and she knows it is her son.  Her mind is overwhelmed by love for him when no one else feels love.  I really enjoyed the first part of the story and getting to see parts of the original story from another viewpoint.  The reader gets to see more of Jonas's father and some others in the community.  Claire has a great point of view!  I became very invested in her emotional journey to discover her son's name and believed her desperate day dreams of saving him. 

The second part was different.  It was harder for me to get into.  There was an overly long description of a physical scene where Claire is climbing.  It took several chapters and I really found myself starting to skim pages.  And by the third part, some of the story was lost for me.  I found myself skimming a lot and wanting the reunion Claire so desperately wanted when she left the Community.  It wasn't what I expected.

Overall, I found the book to be oddly unsatisfying.  Some books don't need sequels and I think it would have been okay to leave the ending of "The Giver" without adding this book.  It just... wasn't what I expected or at all what I hoped.  I did like the first part of the book, but I was unhappy with the seemingly rushed ending.  If you would like to read it, you can.  Just don't have too high of expectations. 


As a side note - I finally joined Goodreads (yay!)  You are welcome to be friends with me over there.  Here's my link!  Thanks! 

10 comments:

  1. You gave a fair review, and it sounds like the book would have been better if it'd had a bit more editing. You've piqued my interest in the series!

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    1. Thanks Nick. It would have been better, but oh well. I supported the author by buying the book and I will still love "The Giver" - you should definitely read "The Giver" - it's a great book!

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  2. I know what you mean, I heard about this some time ago, but I didn't want to read it, becasue how The Giver ended was enough. Great review!

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    1. I just thought it would be a good book, but I was disappointed. The Giver ending was definitely enough for me now. :) Thanks Jen!

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  3. It's funny how sometimes we want a sequel so much and then it comes up short. I haven't read The Giver yet so now you've got me interested in that, will have to check it out.

    I jumped over to add you on Goodreads only to see that I already had! I swear my mind is totally going LOL.

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    1. That is a great point - it just came up short. You should definitely read "The Giver" though! Great book, it really makes you think!

      Lol, I feel the same way sometime!

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  4. Sometimes I get the feeling that if a book sells well, publishers and authors feel they have to push for a second. I haven't read either of these yet, but we'll be adding at least the first to my list.

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    1. Definitely add the first one to your list. :) I was sad the sequel wasn't good, but oh well. Still have the original to enjoy. :)

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  5. Thanks for the review! And for signing up for the Re-Introduce Myself Blogfest! And I just friended you over at Goodreads.

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    1. You're welcome! Thanks for hosting it - I can't wait! My entry is definitely funny. :) Yay, I like Goodreads friends!

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