Fifteen-year-old Claire has never questioned life within her calm, predictable Community. Her family unit — a mother, a father, and a brother — was kind and supportive while she was growing up. And then, when she turned 12, the Committee of Elders gave her the assignment of Birthmother, and she left her family unit to join the other Vessels who were given the job of birthing young. But something goes wrong the day Claire gives birth. Surgery is required and Claire is decertified as Birthmother. Even after she's reassigned to the Community's fish hatchery, Claire can't stop thinking about the son she birthed…and never saw. What are these emotions? And could the yearnings she feels destroy her? Gripping and very powerful, this novel from the fascinating dystopian world of The Giver asks readers to consider questions of personal freedom and the price of stability.