Bound to Make any Parent Cry... Cry in Happiness
I really loved this book. I'm an avid reader and a huge fan of Lois Lowry. I read The Giver, Gathering Blue, and Messenger, and while I loved them all, I felt the story wasn't quite complete. The Giver had always been a favorite book of mine... until I read Son. This book tells of a young mother who gives birth to a baby, but the baby is stolen from her body and she is decertified from the job and assigned to work in a lab. She spends a third of the book trying to spend as much time as she can with her son when a local community member kidnaps him. She washes up on the shore of a small village after boarding a ship that was wrecked due to violent weather patterns in an attempt to follow the abductor. She suffers from amnesia and finds true love while recovering. There are a couple of small kisses. I think the things a parent should really be aware of, however, are when a character's feet are hacked off and another character is nearly killed during a sword fight, and is stabbed. Though the feet being hacked off and the fight are brief, they produce vivid images for the reader. One of the characters is truly frightening, being dressed all in black and hiding dangerous things beneath his outer garment. What I loved about this book, though, was the beautiful themes it provides regarding sacrifice, love, and hope. It strikes major emotional cords and causes you to want more, and maybe even tear up a little. The way it connects to the reader makes up for its minor flaws and shows a true message of hope.
This title contains:
Positive role models
Violence & scariness