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Gathering blue by Lois Lowry

Gathering blue (original 2000; edition 2012)

by Lois Lowry

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Title:Gathering blue
Authors:Lois Lowry
Info:Boston : Houghton Mifflin, [2012].
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Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry (2000)

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    The Giver by Lois Lowry (ashleeeyyy88)
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    Crewel by Gennifer Albin (Jthierer)
    Jthierer: Similar theme of a girl's talent for weaving singling her out in a dystopian society.
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    Long Night Dance (The Seeker Chronicles) by Betsy James (FutureMrsJoshGroban)
    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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Good for readers that want to continue from where "The Giver" seemingly left off and in that vain, good for discussing how different societies can exist in the same world and yet, be almost polar opposites.
  Climbing-books | Dec 18, 2014 |
The book is about family, love and hope, and it all showed on a girl's fantasy experience after her mother pass away.
  xliao | Nov 5, 2014 |
Gathering Blue is set in the same time frame as the first book in the series, The Giver, but in a different part of the world. Although it is a companion to the first, it is its own story. Although the world itself is very different and far more primitive, it is intriguing in its own right and full of questions.

Kira is damaged and alone in a world that hates anyone who is not in prime condition and able to contribute wholeheartedly to the community. The fact that she is even alive is a miracle, a miracle that, at first, seems to have run its course. But at the last moment, she is saved and given a new life. Much like the world of The Giver, her new life seems to be almost utopian. But is it really? This is another book that makes you look beneath the surface to see what reality truly is. What sacrifices have to be made in order to maintain that "utopian" world?

I enjoyed this book, although perhaps not as much as The Giver. I have to wonder if that is because of the differences between the two main characters. In The Giver, we (as readers) were connected to the community because Jonas was. At first, the community seemed utopian and wonderful so when we began to go beneath the surface, we felt the feelings of betrayal right along with Jonas. But in Gathering Blue, there was that true connection to the village because Kira herself wasn't truly connected to it. She was an outcast so she already existed on the fringes of the society.

Things to love...

--The different world/perspective. Two completely different societies during the same time create the foundation for interesting stories to come.

Things I wanted more/less of...

--More answers about the Council and their motivations, etc.

My Recommendation: I went into this book, assuming it was a traditional sequel. It was definitely not, but rather another look at the world of the time from an entirely different persepective. The throught-provoking questions are still there, touching on some of the same issues as the first book, as well as some new issues. But if you liked The Giver, I would highly suggest continuing on with the series. I gave this 4.5 mugs. ( )
  Kiki870 | Oct 28, 2014 |
This the same author as Gossamer and you can see the similarites being that is it in a utopia. Havng something that isn't true or could't really happen is happening in the book. I was a easy read. ( )
  jforrest21 | Sep 22, 2014 |
Left orphaned, Kira must fight for her life due to her handicapped leg. No one remains that will fight to save her from the field (certain death), until Jamison steps in and gives her a place to live and a very important job restoring the Singer's robe which includes learning how to dye and make thread.

Matt (Matty in The Messenger), brings Kira the color blue... as well as her father, who she had been told was dead. She later learns that Jamison had a hand in his attempted murder. Her father, unable to stay, returns to his village where other handicapped people live and help each other (Jonas and Gabe live there, and an older Matty lives there in The Messenger).

Annabella is teaching Kira the art of how to dye thread, when she mentions that there are no beasts in the woods. When Kira repeats what she was told to Jamison, he seems annoyed and the next day Annabella turns up dead.

I remember loving this book the first time that I read it, but this time it felt, lacking. Perhaps I have read too many stories that are similar that it was just too predictable. It is interesting to read the books again though, and place all of the characters together, picture how the villages are in proximity to each other where Matt and Jonas (& Gabe) were each able to reach the village of handicapped people on foot... and yet seeing how VERY different each village is.

I am interested in finding out what the story is behind the singer and his chains... he is obviously a prisoner in some sense. Why? Will Jo's future be the same (Jo is the Singer in training). Why does Kira decide to stay once she decides they are all virtually prisoners there, being used for their talents to create the future history of the village?

Was Annabella murdered? If so, why? Just because she knows there are no beasts in the woods? This is also in opposition to The Messenger, in a way, because in the Messenger, the woods attack and kill people, entwining them with vines, strangling them, stabbing them, etc. The woods are a very definite threat in The Messenger, so why the mixed signals over beasts and the threat of the woods between the books? ( )
  recipe_addict | Sep 21, 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.
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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0385732562, Paperback)

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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