Gathering Blue

Gathering Blue

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Dec 18, 2018

Don't be confused. This is part of the quartet. It will tie together. Don't worry. Read this book. It's a good book. Go along with the different story. It's okay. You'll be okay.

Oct 14, 2018


Apr 05, 2018

Although set in the future in the same kind of society as The Giver, this story is slow paced and not the page turner I was expecting from Lois Lowry. I know the themes and bigger messages it was trying to get across are good, but books are not just written to get points across. They have to be entertaining first and the themes and life lessons should just be a bonus and not the main focus like they are here. -@bookanarchy of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Sep 12, 2017

Interesting concept and well written but the end was slightly predictable.

DBRL_KrisA Aug 05, 2017

Lowry wrote Gathering Blue as a companion piece to The Giver. It's not a sequel, in that it doesn't have the same characters as the first book. Instead, it provides a sort of counterpoint to the earlier story - a sort of "what if". In "Giver", the society is highly developed, well-structured, organized through a system of citizens doing what they're told, never questioning, working at their assigned jobs. And in a way, "Blue" has some similarities - jobs assigned by the leaders, take the information provided at face value, never question what you're told. But where the society in "Giver" is clean and organized and (to some extent) kind, the village in "Blue" is dirty, disorganized, angry. The strong prey on the weak; the old and infirm are cast out from society. It's just "the way it's always been done".
Kira is a girl (not yet a woman) whose mother has just died. Her father died long ago, killed by beasts outside the village. (Don't go outside the village; don't stray from the paths. The beasts will get you. Have you ever seen a beast? No, but they're there because the village elders say so.) So Kira's an orphan, and has a twisted leg that makes it hard for her to work. She's useless in the eyes of many in the village, so she'd normally be cast out of the village to fend for herself (and die), but she has a gift with sewing so she's given a special job in the Village Council House. The strange disappearance of some members of the community, along with some other things that don't add up (like the dangerous beasts one never sees) begin to make her question the motives of the village elders.
I liked some of the things Lowry used to describe the village: the idea of adding a syllable onto a person's name as a sign of increased age and maturity; the way the people of the Fens talk; Matt and his little doggie. I liked the idea of the Singer, with his robe and his staff, telling and showing the people their history; it reminded me of the scene in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome where they used cave drawings to tell the people's history. This was a decent book which - although part of a series - can stand alone; there are issues left unresolved at the end, but Kira has set herself to fix things, so there's a sense of completion that gives a good finish to the book.

Jul 20, 2017

It took a much different turn from the first book of the series. It has more of a magical twist to it then the first one. It isn't bad but it is much different. None of the characters are the same and you have no idea they are in the same world as The Giver because it's drastically different. It's a book all its own; you can start with this book from the series and not be lost at all. It's more like The Giver and the Son could pass as their own pair, and the Gathering Blue and the Messenger as their own pair. But still, The Giver is definitely my favorite.

Jul 11, 2017

Not as good as the first one, but still very good. It didn't end the way I thought it would though I totally guessed everything that happened. It was highly predictable.

Feb 28, 2017

Another intriguing book in The Giver Series. This one did not end as I had expected, but there's still an element of hope and courage.

Dec 04, 2016

Fantastic book about personal empowerment, responsibility and social action.

I hear its being made into a musical. I think that will be really cool.

Aug 19, 2016

could not finish it. Bored me to death. Disappointed especially after the first book.

Jun 24, 2016

While this is the sequel to The Giver, the only thing they have in common is that they are set in the same world. Whereas the society in The Giver was somewhat cult-like, the society in Gathering Blue has more obvious cruelty and poverty. Once again, things are not quite what they first seem.
A compelling read.

Jun 13, 2016

I read this book after I read The Giver and loved the characters even more, and the subject matter...the ending was ambiguous and usually I have an issue with this, except that it seems unfinished with a task for the main character to accomplish and it lays it out well, and lends itself to another book forthcoming after! This reminds me of a Tale of Two Cities where the author writes several parallel plots and in the end (the last book) she weaves them all together. Well done.

May 13, 2016

Anyone who enjoyed the Giver should definitely consider this read. Set in another world altogether, Gathering Blue portrays another set of interesting characters, and a heartwarming plotline. It reflects community, and the hardship in being set apart. Amazing novel.

mvkramer Jan 27, 2016

This book begins well - Kira is disabled and an orphan in a village where the only rule is might makes right. Can she carve out a place for herself using her artistic talents, or will she be caught up in other people's schemes? Lowry does a good job setting up the situation - I felt genuine concern for Kira during her trial. Unfortunately, the ending is where this book disappoints. An unfortunate follow-up to a classic.

Jan 25, 2016

Gathering Blue is the second book in The Giver quartet. This is a very good book, but it suffers in comparison to The Giver. It isn't until the end that the tenuous connection to The Giver is apparent. The world in which Kira lives is hostile and unforgiving. Her whole life she has to fight to be a part of the community. Matt and Thomas are her only friends. Kira has to make the most of her talents, and to do what she can to thrive in her community.

Jan 01, 2016

Awhile back - like a LONG while back - I started this book. I got to chapter 2 before i got bored and never finished it. recently though, my friend convinced me to try it again, and I am SO glad I did!! Lois Lowry never disappoints. This book was fantastic and I was sad when it was finished. Going to read Messenger next, I've heard it kind of relates to Gathering Blue and The Giver. Can't Wait! :)

Aug 08, 2015

I really enjoyed this book. As much as I would love knowing what happens to Jonas and Gabe, I liked how Lowry took her readers into another community with its own set of rules.

Jul 19, 2015

I liked it but The Giver was better.

Jun 22, 2015

This book was a very great and interesting story much like the first book "The Giver". This book sends you in a world much different from what the first book took you into. I think Lois Lowry did very well on this book. I would highly recommend this book to people who enjoy reading about an adventure and people who like dystopias. Now I have just started Messenger and so far it is very good.

PImaLib_EvaO May 07, 2015

Loving this series, I am on to Messenger..

Apr 11, 2015

Lois Lowry, I haven't read this book yet but it looks like a really good and sad book to read. My friend recommended this book and I'm glad he did. He started crying on the first page. I think I'll enjoy this book because you are a great author. I've read Number the Stars and it's really good. I think it's amazing that you create a different book each year. You are very talented!

Feb 12, 2015

Loved it!!! Can't wait to start Messenger!!!

Feb 05, 2015

Lowry's "The Giver" ranks highly among classics. It does take patience to follow the entire series, but the characters are connected in an amazing way. These are books to be read over and over.

kirstd31 Nov 08, 2014

Okay book. Kind of boring and not related to the Giver.

FindingJane Oct 20, 2014

“Gathering Blue” has the same lyrical quality as its better-known companion “The Giver” but its treatment is even more enigmatic, perhaps because the lifestyles depicted in it are as far from utopia as you can get. Food is scarce but we don’t know why. The injured, weak and sickly are left to die in a field instead of being cared for and the scarcity of food is given as a reason. Weak and crippled Kira is the object of an intense hatred by a vicious woman called Vandara—again, no reason is given save that Vandara is “mean” (and presumably meanness requires no excuse or explanation).

The ending is as open ended as that of “The Giver” but this leaves the reader with a feeling of frustration. Kira is going to rebel but we don’t know how or what, exactly, she’s rebelling against. The Council scoops up artists by recruiting them young, after eliminating their parents. If that’s what has happened to Kira, Thomas and the little one Jo’s parents, their fates are unknown. The children are told lies (at least in Kira’s instance) and so the reader knows that not everything can be believed but the answers given in place of the lies are rather nebulous.

With this vagueness at the heart of this story, what is left is extended scenes of Kira learning the names and uses of various herbs and plants to make dying. I can see this book as a means of introduction to this ancient art. But as literature it falls short of “The Giver”.

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