Parents' Guide to

Son: The Giver, Book 4

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Classic battle pulls quest quartet to exciting conclusion.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 13+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 16+

12 year old birth mother! Parents be careful what your young children are reading!

Don't let you 11 year old read this as it states this is the recommended age. My daughter brought home this book, it caught my attention when she said she was confused as to what insemination was. Needless to say she stopped reading it, turns out that the first chapter goes into, yet again another controlled society; where this 12 year old has the pleasure to be given the job as a birth mother, who births children. Not only is she 12! but did I forget to mention that they blind fold her and tie her to the bed? by the way in this particular moment when this is unfolding she is now 14 and giving birth to baby no. 2. Well No freaking thank you! I don't want my daughter reading this junk. This is not the type of sick fiction children should be reading, fiction should entice young minds to be better people, make a difference and be KIDS. Do I want my 11 year old to be thinking about being inseminated over and over again in a controlled society at the age of 12? No. What is the benefit of this? Good read, I think NOT. I refuse to go any further in the book. This book shouldn't be in elementary school where my daughter found it! Change the age recommendations of this book. Shame on you! There is no exact button for sick and disturbing so I will push all the negative ones.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
1 person found this helpful.
age 11+


This story is the conclusion to the giver quartet. It starts about a girl name Claire. Claire was found when she was washed up on the shore. People never knew that Claire came from a community that color and emotions didn't exist. She had made her on task to do and that is to find her child. That was Claire's task to find her child because it was stolen from her body when she was fourteen. Nothing will stop Claire to find her child even if it means to sacrifice her life. A central conflict is when Claire was on the shore and had a serious bad condition which almost got in the way of her task. One of the themes that this book has is sacrifice. Sacrifice because Claire would sacrifice her life to find her child. What I think of this book is okay because i thought there would be more action like in the Messenger when Matty has a Journey through forest. I would recommend this book to other people because this shows the sacrifice that one person would do for one.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (14):

SON is adventurous, exciting, and very engaging, especially the second and third sections. Some readers may not enjoy the beginning chapters that describe Claire's experience in the birthing facility as much as the later parts, where she finds her strength, builds on it, and takes off on her quest journey. From then on, through Gabe's final confrontation with the Trademaster, the action and intrigue don't stop.

While author Lois Lowry uses many classic images, she adds enough creative twists to make the stories unique. And she masterfully pulls all the stories together to make her larger point about the importance of personal freedom, the strength of love, and the value of believing in yourself. Readers will understand and enjoy The Son more if they have read each of the other three books in The Giver quartet beforehand, though it could stand on its own.

Book Details

  • Author: Lois Lowry
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Topics: Adventures
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: October 2, 2012
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 18
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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