Son - Lois Lowry I love The Giver. I count it as one of my favorite books of all time. It was the book that inspired me to read and made me want to write.

And I should have stopped at The Giver. My ratings of the books in the series have gotten progressively worse. I liked Gathering Blue, wish I didn't read The Messenger, and now wish I could take back time with The Son. I spent money on it, and I want it back. Sort of. I do love Lois Lowry.

But this is a great example of how to set rules and not break them. The Giver's rules were a little bit out of the ordinary, a little bit fantasy. That does not mean that suddenly, at the end of the series, you get a personification of evil that gambles and deals like the devil.

No. No. Noooooo.

Where the hell did this come from? Your guess is as good as mine, because I have no idea.

Then the ending. I don't get it. The moral was fight evil? Okay...that's...no justification for how long this book was. She's training for the cliff! Has she gone up the cliff yet? Nope. Still training. ON THE CLIFF! Still on the cliff. Are we going to get off this cliff?

And then you meet the Devil. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. Which, I don't get why if you stand up to Evil, it still wins. Apparently you have to be super special and either Jonas or Gabriel and then, and only then!, will evil be swayed by you.

But seriously.

That entire book just so we can fight a personification of evil?

I feel cheated because there was no point to this. It didn't add anything to the arc. It gave a moral that I realized at five.

One star and a desperately plea for Target to give me my money back.