Topic: Son - Lois Lowry
The book Son is the fourth book in The Giver series. Where their village are there are many rules and restrictions such as you cannot wander into "elsewhere" and you may not lie otherwise there would be consequences. In their society at the ceremony of twelve everyone is assigned a job. It is called the ceremony of twelve because every year every person in their age group turns the same age at the same time in December. When Claire, the main character, turns twelve she is quite embarrassed to be assigned the job of birthmother, which provided the children for the society. After her first birth there is a complication and she has to get a sea section. Failing her task she is called to the office. They tell to pack up her belongings and her new job would be at the fish hatchery. I felt really bad for Claire because she had liked her job as a birthmother and wouldn't find the hatchery to be entertaining. Before leaving Claire asked them what number her "product" was, they said it was number 36. They number the babies because they don't get their names and parents until the first ceremony in September where all 50 of the newborns turn one. To keep population balanced fifty products are born, no more and no less. At the fish hatchery Claire is taught how to do several things such as, regulate temperature and lighting in different areas of the hatchery. After work Claire remembers that her old friend, Sophia, works at the Nurturing Centre where her product number 36 would be sent until he was named and ready for his family.