This is the final segment in Lowry's The Giver series, though one does not need to read the books in between The Giver and this one (I did, and they weren't that great). This final installment is much more on par with the beloved original, though even if one has not read that, it would be okay too.
Claire has been assigned the job of Birthmother - not the most prestigious assignment, but a necessary one and she shouldn't be ashamed. Because of some sort of mix-up, she never takes the pills that keeps love out of the society and misses her baby terribly - especially after she learns it was a boy and not an "it". She is determined to find him, but at what cost?
Well written, though I thought maybe it dragged just a teensy bit somewhere along the way ... until I finished the story and felt that all the parts were necessary to the whole!