The Giver by Lois Lowry was first published as a stand-alone novel. It won the Newbery Medal in 1994 despite controversy over the appropriateness for young children. Over the years Lowry has expanded the book into The Giver Quartet. Son is the final book of the series.
Son follows the story of Claire, who has been assigned to be a Vessel in the same sterile Community found in The Giver. Claire’s quest to find something she has lost takes her across land and sea, and the journey transforms her beyond her imagining. It is her part in the story that brings understanding into a young man's life.
Son is a pleasant return to the characters and communities of the previous three novels. It is the strongest of The Giver’s sequels, although the book ties the series together a little too neatly. Still, the choice between doing what is right and what is easy makes Son both philosophically challenging and worth the read.