I recently finished The Giver quartet by Lois Lowry. Actually, “finished” is the wrong word. I devoured the third and fourth books, Messenger and Son, over the course of 4 days. Upon completing Son, I was in the frustrating position of having read something truly remarkable and yet having no one with which to talk about the plot. Not one person of my general acquaintance has read all four books in The Giver series. I found this odd, especially as I work with 20+ booksellers, of which a majority have read a plethora of young adult fiction. But then I discovered The Giver was published in 1993, much later than I had originally thought. Gathering Blue, book 2 in the series, wasn’t published until 2000, Messenger in 2004 and Son was only published 5 years ago in 2012. Well, no wonder my colleagues and friends hadn’t devoured this series in their adolescence. The series wasn’t completed until 5 years ago!
That being said, as soon as I finished Son, I had the satisfying emotions that accompanied my completion of The Wrinkle in Time Quintet by Madeleine L’Engle and The Dark in Rising series by Susan Cooper (both have become “go-to” recommendations for my nieces, friends’ children and customers at work). If you have not read The Giver, you need to. End of discussion. But really, I want you to read it so that you’ll get hooked and read all 4 books so I have someone with which to talk about the fantastic series finale.
It was a bit before midnight when I finished Son, and I was so energized by what I had read that I was wired. I wrote my little review on Goodreads and came to the sad conclusion that I couldn’t immediately chat with someone about the book. So, I did what any normal bibliomanic would do, I stalked Lois Lowry on the internet, found her website and paragraphed a few emphatic, heartfelt sentiments to her via her website. Yeah, I’m not even embarrassed by how much of a fangirl move that was.
Because, get this, Lois Lowry wrote me back.
That’s right. The 80+ author of The Giver quartet took time to personally respond to a fangirl’s email. Mz. Lowry has so many better things to do with her time. I was NOT expecting a response. But, needless to say, my respect for this woman has now skyrocketed. And I would like to publicly state, if there is any way to make a person geek out EVEN MORE over a book, it’s to have that book’s author personally contact them.
And here’s what’s great, she was genuinely sweet. She responded to my specific words, (agreeing in my hopes for a particular character’s unwritten conclusion) and thanked me for reaching out to her, adding that it is always so special to her when readers are touched by what she has written. What a sweetheart.
So, that’s what I’ve been up to over here, just chatting it up with Lois Lowry (and reading amazing young adult fiction). My life is so glam.
Seriously, go read The Giver books. Do it right now! I want to know what you think of the Tradesmaster and Einar and Claire and Jonas and Kira and Matty and all the great characters in the series. And until one of you read Son, I will be waiting here…with baited breath.