Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Lois Lowry's conclusion to The Giver contains so much meaning in its one word title.  As I was reading I found the word cycling in my brain.  It is the pulse that beats beneath the pages.

The Giver was pretty much story perfection.  When I finished it, I was torn.  I wanted to find out more about Jonas and Gabe but read mixed reviews about the other two books in the series.  In the end, I chose to read both Gathering Blue and Messenger in hope of catching glimpses of Jonas and baby Gabe, to feel more resolution.  Instead the stories seemed darker and left me feeling frustrated and bereft.  Part of me wished I had stopped after The Giver and left the rest to imagination.

Until now.

Son does what I dreamed the other two books would.   It makes the journey through the middle books worth the ride.  It threads hope and goodness through the darkness.  When I read the last word, I closed the cover.  Satisfied.


  1. As you may know, The Giver is my favorite book of all time. I didn't love Gathering Blue or Messenger either, so I, too, was wary of Son, but knew I would read it. When I knew Son was coming out, I went back and read the three other books in order just to see how the fourth book would follow, and I have to tell you, I couldn't have been more pleased. I thought Son really brought so many details together and was a beautiful, clever ending to the series. I loved it. Glad you were satisfied as well. :)

    1. Isn't it wonderful when a book leaves you satisfied, rather than frustrated? I was so glad that she tied everything together so well. I loved that the timelines of Giver and Son paralleled. It was cool to think that during the events of Giver, that Gabe's mother was yearning for him and loved him. And that more than one person was fighting for his life.


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