Satisfying but not terrific
Yeah, a fourth book in The Giver series. Kids and adults are sure to love this additional book, reuniting Gabriel, Jonah and Kira, and meeting Gabriel's birthmother, Claire. In the first part of three in the book, we're back at the time The Giver was told, only now through the eyes of Claire. Part 2, "Between," we read of Claire after leaving the Community in search of Gabriel. In Part 3, all are united in the conclusion.
Although it's not the story I was hoping for, I know many will be satisfied, certainly more so than from Gathering Blue and Messenger. I wanted more exploration of the reactions from Claire and Jonah to the awakenings in their new world, how "sameness" and a loss of choice backfires and does not bring happiness. The book does not take the angle I'd hoped, but is satisfying nonetheless.