Gathering Blue (The Giver Quartet #2) – Lois Lowry
Title: Gathering Blue
Author: Lois Lowry
Release Date: January 1, 2000
Page Number: 240
In her strongest work to date, Lois Lowry once again creates a mysterious but plausible future world. It is a society ruled by savagery and deceit that shuns and discards the weak. Left orphaned and physically flawed, young Kira faces a frightening, uncertain future. Blessed with an almost magical talent that keeps her alive, she struggles with ever broadening responsibilities in her quest for truth, discovering things that will change her life forever.
As she did in The Giver, Lowry challenges readers to imagine what our world could become, and what will be considered valuable. Every reader will be taken by Kira’s plight and will long ponder her haunting world and the hope for the future.
4 out of 5 stars
In a village there is a hierarchy. Our main character, Kira, is in one of the lowest branches. Kira lives with her mother, and her father is suspected to be killed by the Beasts that live in the Field. Kira is born with a twisted and crippled leg and was supposed to be sent out to the field as an infant, but her mother pleaded and begged to keep her at home. Her mother won that tiny battle, and Kira was kept at home. As infants the villagers are named a one syllable name, and as they age they add more syllables to their name. The oldest person in this book has a four syllable name. That four syllable name is the person that Kira visits to learn to dye thread and yarn. There is something special about Kira. She can embroider and weave. She is put in charge of fixing the Robe. The Robe is the story of their people. The Singer wears this special robe at the Gathering while he sings the history. Kira learns to make the colored threads, but doesn’t know how to make blue. Blue is the color she most desired to make, so her friend goes and finds the plant to create blue. Based on the reviews on Goodreads I was really skeptical. NO ONE LIKED THIS BOOK. I enjoyed this book. Everyone was freaking out that it wasn’t the world as The Giver, but it was. It wasn’t the advanced utopian world, but it was the dystopian side of it. If everything was as advanced as The Giver then it would be a completely different world. I loved that it showed the other side of the world.
Kira had two friends. Matt who was in the lowest branch of the hierarchy, and Thomas, The Carver. Thomas carved wood like Kira embroidered. Kira and Thomas were lovable characters. Matt was so cute. It was unclear to how old he was, but he was adorable. He had a pet dog that he nurtured back to health, and he grew up in the Fen. Because he lived in the Fen he had a weird accent. He was probably my favorite character.
Who Would I Be?:
Even though Kira has a twisted leg, I’d choose to be her. I love sewing, and embroidery is kind of like that. She’s just a lovable character. She lost her mother, but she pushed through. She lost her dad, but she pushed through. She was such a strong main character.
The Giver (The Giver Quartet #1) – Lois Lowry
Messenger (The Giver Quartet #3) – Lois Lowry