Are sequels ever as good as book one?I can’t think of a single time I have found this to be true.And, consequently, I’ve formed my policy of Reading Only the First Book.It is a policy that has served me well in my life. With a few, rare exceptions.Like The Giver series. Now, having read Son, I’ve read them all. And, I say, they are all good. None of the sequels are quite The Giver (how could they be?!) but all are strong novels that stand alone, if necessary. When I read the story of Lois Lowry’s loss of her son, I knew I had to read this one. And, as you might expect, it resonates with the poignancy of loss. And, though the magic of fiction writing, with the joy of reuniting.