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The last instalment of the Giver Quartet ties up the loose ends of the other three novels. We are reintroduced to Jonas from ”The Giver” and Kira from “A Gathering Blue” and there is mention of Matty from “Messenger”.
We are introduced to Claire from Jonas’s community so this book goes back in time to when Jonas was a boy. With a chilling nod to Margaret Atwood’s “Handmaid’s Tale”, we learn of Claire’s designation as a birthmother the moment she is of childbearing age at the ceremony of the twelves, and her her re-designation as a worker at the fishery when a complication arises from her first birth. Her bond with her son is touching and for the first part of the book, the reader feels for her as she tries to reconnect in whatever way she can without betraying who she is.
Then rather abruptly, Claire is transported to another community, one that is much more backward and idyllic. But we know Claire has a quest that she must undertake and for a rather long segment, we see the details of her training to go on this quest. While it is well-written, I felt that this portion caused the story to sag, so that when she finally embarks on it, we are nearing two-thirds of the book, and i felt a little anxious that there would not be time for a fulfilling resolution, and in some way, my fears were realised. The climactic scene was much abbreviated in comparison to Claire’s training, which could have been dealt with more sparingly.
As a concluding chapter on this rather engaging series, I felt a bit let down that the series never quite hit the same high note as the first book. Nonetheless, I would still recommend any young readers to get hold of this series.
Claire is designated a Birth Mother, the community does not allow them to see their babies they are taken and given to deserving couples, although Claire has a baby the birth was difficult and she was no longer a birth mother and sent to the Fish Hatchery, Claire managed to sneak in and play with Gabriel her baby, Gabriel was slower than the other babies and they decided to kill it, the man looking after the baby told her, he had a 12yr old son at the ceremony that year, Jonas 12yrs left with the baby
Claire was taken from the sea and accepted in the small village, an old woman Aly's looked after her, the village was cut off from the outside world, the only way out was to climb a very high cliff, for Claire she had to do this if she was ever to find Gabriel
After pestering my parents for two days for this final book in this unputdownable series, my campaign finally paid off.It was yet another heart-stopping, thought-provoking book in the wildly popular Giver quintet.This book revisits the community of Jonas and Gabriel and we learn about Gabe's mum and his own Gift.We also come face to face with the Trademaster and the terrible gift he too possesses.We also see the dreadful aftermath of the death of Matty at the hands of Forest and the Trademart.A great reader for all over the age of ten.;)
I have read all four books and enjoyed them all, but did feel I just really wanted to know more about what happened to Jonas and Gabe. My problem with the series is that we got to know them in the first book, but then only had glimpses, often at a distance, of them in the third book (none in the second). So in the fourth I did expect to learn more. In fact two thirds are the story of another character, and a different community.
It's interesting, but without spoiling, there are pages and pages of description to do with a journey that Claire, the main character of this book, is needing to take. it got to the point where I was skim reading as it was so slow. Then when we get to the last third, where the story comes together and we meet Gabe and Jonas and catch up with their story, well it races through, and a major event is set up and happens within a page or two. Gabe is such a delightful, lively and interesting character, and I felt very cheated having had to read such detailed descriptions of new characters and situations that just weren't as compelling or satisfying to read. I also felt Jonas and his motivations wasn't as developed as he could be.
Having said all that, if you want to know what happens, it's absolutely worth reading, and these stories are all lovely and well written. I've been going through a teen dystopia phase, and compared to the Divergent books this is King Lear.
This is the concluding book in the Giver quartet for readers from 11 years and up. I’m an adult reader and found the series gripping and profound. This last book weaves all the relevant threads and characters together. I really enjoyed it. The series asks implicit questions about what it means to be fully human and to live an honourable life, and what potentially gets in the way of that. The answer seems to be that humanity, integrity and compassion are easily corrupted and diminished by factors such as ideology, rigid social control, strong desire for material goods, hurting or damaging others, suppression of emotion, forgetting we are human etc. The story (like the other 3 books in the series) is beautifully and simply written. The Giver series is a modern day classic and I urge you to read at least one of the 4 books (they can all be read as stand-alone novels). I'm pleased I read them all and in order (The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger and Son). Not to be missed!
I have just finished 'Son' having read the Giver Quartet in under a week! Absolutely fantastic compelling reading in the way that the plots weave and interlink - a true roller-coaster of emotion! I became hooked on 'The Giver' purely to help my grandson with his school reader. We read the first 40 pages together - and I had to keep going with it! So to whom would I recommend this series? Anyone from 10 years up!