Gathering Blue (The Giver #2) by Lois Lowry

November 8, 2015
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Gathering Blue (The Giver, #2)


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.

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Kira is a wonderful protagonist, who learns that the world she grew up in, is in need of change. This Book is the second book in The Giver Series, and it tells of a future that could co-exist with the technologically advanced future of The Giver. This is not a continuation of the characters lives in The Giver, which is disappointing but didn't make this a bad book. In Kira's village the people are stuck in old traditions and the continuation of them although they no longer remember their meaning. The poverty and selfishness that the villagers find themselves in, lead to many arguments and mistrust. This novel wonderfully describes Kira, Thomas, Matt, and Jo who are unique and talented characters.

This was a short book, but Ms. Lowry manages to masterfully describe a bleak future that is familiar in some ways to our society. The pacing is good, and there are hints throughout the novel, that things are more sinister then they seem at first. Although this is a young adult novel, it touches on themes that most people can identify with. Kira has a bum leg, which she drags around when she walks. Although she is disabled, she has a talent for embroidery,  the village uses embroidery to preserve it's history visually on a robe.
"Because they were artists, they had some value that she could not comprehend."
This is a wonderful way for young readers to learn about how to treat others who may be disabled, and how to deal with ways that make them different or set them apart. The reason why this isn't a five star book is because there are details that would have completed the story better, that were missing. I may read the last book in the trilogy because I enjoy reading about dystopia. I would recommend this to young readers, who are still understanding how the world works.


Kindlemom said...

Wonderful review! So glad this has so many great messages in it!

InToriLex said...

Thanks glad you enjoyed it!!

Laura @BlueEyeBooks said...

I love this series! I really liked how this book addressed disabilities like you mentioned and the mysteries of art. You do get a glimpse into Jonas' future in the other books as well which is cool. Great review!

Laura @BlueEyeBooks

InToriLex said...

I'm glad we learn more about Jonas in the series. I'll definitely be reading it further!! Thanks for commenting!!

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