Son brings us back to the original community we read about in The Giver, and tells us the story from the perspective of Water Claire and ties up the questions about the place where Jonas and Gabe were born.
Everyone in the community is assigned a ‘job’ at the age of 13. Claire was given the job of Vessel. ‘Vessels’ carried ‘Products’ (um, babies) and at 14 Claire produced her one and only product in the form of a Son. There was an issue with the birth and she was relieved of her vessel duties, but she never forgot about her son and was determined to find him at any cost.
I loved The Giver, and really enjoyed the Messenger and The Gathering Blue, so I was very pleased to find out there would be a final chapter in the story. I thought Son delivered nicely upon my expectations. I also have to say that I really like Lois Lowry’s style of writing, everything I’ve read of hers is a bit hard to describe, dreamlike would be the closest I could come.“It be better, I think, to climb out in search of something, instead of hating, what you're leaving.”