Book Review: Gathering Blue

Author:  Lois Lowry
Pages: 240
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Release date: January 24, 2006
Age Group: YA
Genre:  Dystopian/Fantacy/Sci-Fi
Format: E-book
Source: Purchased

Available:  Amazon / B&N 


In her strongest work to date, Lois Lowry once again creates a mysterious but plausible future world. It is a society ruled by savagery and deceit that shuns and discards the weak. Left orphaned and physically flawed, young Kira faces a frightening, uncertain future. Blessed with an almost magical talent that keeps her alive, she struggles with ever broadening responsibilities in her quest for truth, discovering things that will change her life forever.

AS she did in The Giver, Lowry challenges readers to imagine what our world could become, and what will be considered valuable.  Every reader will be taken by Kira's plight and will long ponder her haunting world and the hope for the future.

Gathering Blue is the second book in The Giver quartet.  This book seems to have nothing to do with The Giver with the exception of also being placed in a dystopian world. At first, I was a little disappointed to find out that the book did not continue with Jonas' story, I was craving to know more about Jonas and what would happen to him.  Don't let that stop you from reading this book; it alone also makes for a great dystopian novel.  Once again, a pretty short read but full of depth and intriguing characteristics. This book also becomes a favorite as time goes on and the story continues to develop. 

Kira is orphaned and lost. Kira is left hoping to find a way to take care of herself, and find work regardless of her deformity. In a community where deformities aren't welcomed, Kira is faced with having to put up with unwelcoming and helpful neighbors. Having to fight for her right to stay alive and continue to be useful. With only one friend to keep her going she must continue to find strength in order to survive. After being challenged for the spot of her home things become more complicated and full of twists and turns.

To me this story wasn't to the same caliber as The Giver, possibly because I wanted Jonas' story to continue but nonetheless is also contains a great story line. In is interesting to read about the characters and the difference of lives from the poor to the wealthy. Unlike Jonas' story everyone in this community does not live the same or have everything provided for them; Making for a very different world and continuation to the quartet. In the end, I really enjoyed the story and would have probably given it 5 stars had I not thought it would be a continuation to the first book. 


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