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Gathering Blue (2000)

by Lois Lowry

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Series: The Giver Quartet (2)

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    Jthierer: Similar theme of a girl's talent for weaving singling her out in a dystopian society.
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    FutureMrsJoshGroban: Another fantastic story with a somewhat dystopian society and a strong young heroine.
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    fyrefly98: Another young adult dystopian society with primarily historical levels of technology.
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Love, love, love. If you liked the Giver, then you must read this. As with The Giver, you are left wanting much more at the end of the story. I hear that all of these stories are connected in a later book in the series, which I can't wait to get my hands on. ( )
  Tigerlily12 | Jul 9, 2014 |
This book is the 2nd in the quartet of The Giver and was similarly well written. However, it only very vaguely hints at a connection to the fact that it's the same world of Jonas from The Giver. This book, too, ends on a cliff hanger, leaving you wondering what it is this girl feels she must do in her community now that she knows some significant truths. It is an intriguing world that Lowry is creating with unique but connected communities and ideals and just a hint of magic. I am already listening to the 3rd, The Messenger, much shorter than the first two and much more obviously connected to the characters from the first two. I am definitely wondering how Lowry plans to wrap this all up in the fourth book. ( )
  mccooln | Jun 8, 2014 |
I love Lois Lowry's writing style, and the dystopian worlds she creates. The worlds are simpler, but cruler with characters who begin to doubt them.

Gathering Blue is part of The Giver series, but could easily stand alone as it's own novel. I do recommend reading The Giver first because it would be a shame to miss it. I really need to get my hands on the rest of this series ( )
  LauraT81 | Jun 5, 2014 |
This is the second book in The Giver Series. It's about a girl, Kira, who seems to be about the age of a teenager (she has a two Syllable name. The more syllables, the older the person is).

She lives in a village that sometimes borders on chaos, ti's a village where it's a kill or be killed mentality where if someone gets hurt or is born like Kira is, with a deformed leg, they get taken to the fields (a cemetery sort of place but without coffins) instead of being cared for.

She has an almost extraordinary gift for sewing. She then meets up with another artist that like her has lost both his parents, but he's an amazing carver. She learns more and more about herself as well as what's really going on in her community and then has to make the same sort of decision that Jonas from The Giver had to make. To stay in the village or leave it.

It's amazing writing of course. Each of the characters is as bright and unique as the colored threads that Kira works with. I really love all the wicked oblique references to places from 'today's' world.

And then there's Ms. Lowry's descriptions of the village etc, which just springs off the page and directly into the reader's head. It's amazing.

A solid four stars. ( )
  DanieXJ | May 28, 2014 |
This book was an interesting contrast to the previous work, The Giver. The world described in its pages is just as rich, however, and presents a more interesting culture. I felt that the ending was a little rushed. ( )
  Mist_of_the_Moon | May 15, 2014 |
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''The Giver'' was an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind book that spoke as much to adults, myself included, as to children. The future world it depicted was rich and seductive and -- frightening thought -- completely plausible. The brute, survivalist world of ''Gathering Blue'' is much less convincing, with neither the dimension nor the subtlety of ''The Giver.'' Many of the characters in ''Gathering Blue'' are presented as either good or bad, and lack the complexity of real people.
 

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"Mother?" There was no reply. She hadn't expected one. Her mother had been dead now for four days, and Kira could tell that the last of her spirit was drifting away.
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She knew something else as well, and with the realization, she rose from the damp grass to go indoors, to find her father and tell him that she could not be his eyes. That she must stay.
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Lois Lowry's magnificent novel of the distant future, The Giver, is set in a highly technical and emotionally repressed society. This eagerly awaited companion volume, by contrast, takes place in a village with only the most rudimentary technology, where anger, greed, envy, and casual cruelty make ordinary people's lives short and brutish. This society, like the one portrayed in The Giver, is controlled by merciless authorities with their own complex agendas and secrets. And at the center of both stories there is a young person who is given the responsibility of preserving the memory of the culture--and who finds the vision to transform it.

Kira, newly orphaned and lame from birth, is taken from the turmoil of the village to live in the grand Council Edifice because of her skill at embroidery. There she is given the task of restoring the historical pictures sewn on the robe worn at the annual Ruin Song Gathering, a solemn day-long performance of the story of their world's past. Down the hall lives Thomas the Carver, a young boy who works on the intricate symbols carved on the Singer's staff, and a tiny girl who is being trained as the next Singer. Over the three artists hovers the menace of authority, seemingly kind but suffocating to their creativity, and the dark secret at the heart of the Ruin Song.

With the help of a cheerful waif called Matt and his little dog, Kira at last finds the way to the plant that will allow her to create the missing color--blue--and, symbolically, to find the courage to shape the future by following her art wherever it may lead. With astonishing originality, Lowry has again created a vivid and unforgettable setting for this thrilling story that raises profound questions about the mystery of art, the importance of memory, and the centrality of love. (Ages 10 and older) --Patty Campbell

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Lame and suddenly orphaned, Kira is mysteriously removed from her squalid village to live in the palatial Council Edifice, where she is expected to use her gifts as a weaver to do the bidding of the all-powerful Guardians.

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