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.