Coming Full Circle with Lois Lowry

~post by Consuelo

After reading The Giver about a month ago, I moved on to a completely different book but couldn’t make it past 100 pages. I stopped because of no fault of the book itself, which would have been great at any other moment, but because it just wasn’t Lois Lowry. I still wanted to be immersed in the world she created, so I went straight through the rest of the series – Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.

Gathering Blue and Messenger are compelling companions to The Giver, telling the tales of Kira and Matty, who overcome their own set of struggles in a separate part of this alternate world than the Community that was introduced in The Giver. These two books fit neatly together and build to a powerful climax at the end of Messenger. And yet, I still wasn’t ready to be finished. Luckily, Lowry has graced us with a final book in the quartet that brings the whole story full circle and all the characters together at last.

Son is split into three parts. In the first part, we revisit the Community from The Giver and are introduced to Claire, who is chosen to be a Birthmother when she is twelve years old. Her baby is taken away and eventually disappears. Readers of the previous books will recognize that Claire’s baby is not unfamiliar to us. I don’t want to spoil too much about the second and third parts of the book, let’s just say Claire will do anything to get her child back. The story is so particularly about these characters and yet so BIG. Sacrifice, the power of nature, the power of the human spirit, good versus evil, compassion – it is about all these things and just the act of reading it becomes a very personal experience. Lowry has created a masterpiece. It’s worth reading the whole thing just to get to the stunning last paragraph. It wraps up not just the book, but the entire series. That’s what I call closure.

Lois Lowry will be here at BookPeople to speak about & sign copies of Son on Monday, October 15 at 6pm. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are required for the signing portion of the event. For more info, please visit our website.

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