Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

Gathering Blue (original 2000; edition 2012)

by Lois Lowry

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
5,662204753 (3.76)240
Title:Gathering Blue
Authors:Lois Lowry
Info:Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (2012), Edition: Reissue, Hardcover, 256 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Novel, Fiction, Inspiring

Work details

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry (2000)

  1. 00
    The Giver by Lois Lowry (ashleeeyyy88)
  2. 00
    Crewel by Gennifer Albin (Jthierer)
    Jthierer: Similar theme of a girl's talent for weaving singling her out in a dystopian society.
  3. 00
    Long Night Dance by Betsy James (FutureMrsJoshGroban)
    FutureMrsJoshGroban: Another fantastic story with a somewhat dystopian society and a strong young heroine.
  4. 00
    The Unnameables by Ellen Booraem (fyrefly98)
    fyrefly98: Another young adult dystopian society with primarily historical levels of technology.

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 240 mentions

English (202)  French (1)  Spanish (1)  All languages (204)
Showing 1-5 of 202 (next | show all)
4.75 stelle
Ancora non capisco dove voglia andare a parare... Ma é intrigante e muoio dalla voglia di sapere come si concluderà... ( )
  Crissy8686 | Oct 6, 2016 |
Good series! ( )
  JennysBookBag.com | Sep 28, 2016 |
Gathering Blue is a surprising sequel to the nationally acclaimed book, The Giver. Athough it takes place in a completely different environment with a different set of community rules than its predecessor, it is nevertheless a highly important piece in The Giver Quartet. Young adults will find this book captivating and wonder what lies beyond Kira's strict life in her judgmental community. They will be intrigued by her gift and wonder if it in some way relates to the gift of Jonas from The Giver.
  erindunton | Sep 21, 2016 |
This was a great story. Can't wait to read The Messenger. ( )
  Bubamdk | Sep 9, 2016 |
I read this because I've become slightly obsessed with "The Giver" and I found out that this is part of The Giver Series. The connection to "The Giver" doesn't actually become clear until the next book. I was surprised just how barbaric the society pictured here is- how full of hate and lacking joy but also how very primitive. It was strange to link it to "The Giver," but it makes us question what kind of society would emerge after destruction (especially thinking about all the preppers who focus only on creating and guarding their own hoards and stockpiling guns). ( )
  t1bnotown | Jul 28, 2016 |
Showing 1-5 of 202 (next | show all)
''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.

» Add other authors (2 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Lois Lowryprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Balbusso, AnnaCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Balbusso, ElenaCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Borowitz, KatherineNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
"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.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Book description
Haiku summary

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

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:04 -0400)

(see all 6 descriptions)

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.

(summary from another edition)

» see all 3 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
11 avail.
217 wanted
5 pay5 pay

Popular covers


Average: (3.76)
0.5 4
1 18
1.5 2
2 75
2.5 20
3 385
3.5 96
4 607
4.5 56
5 291


3 editions of this book were published by Audible.com.

See editions

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 109,811,919 books! | Top bar: Always visible