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Gathering Blue (The Giver Quartet #2)

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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 responsibili ...more
Paperback, Reader's Circle, 240 pages
Published September 25th 2000 by Delacorte Press
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Stephanie Arnold Yes this is a sequel to "The Giver" there are four in the series:
1. The Giver
2. Gathering Blue
3. Messenger
4. Son

If you read Messenger you will have…more
Yes this is a sequel to "The Giver" there are four in the series:
1. The Giver
2. Gathering Blue
3. Messenger
4. Son

If you read Messenger you will have the answer to the ending of "The Giver" - did they really arrive or did they die dreaming? You will meet some old friends in #3 & 4 though they will be older. (less)
Bethany Yes you should, and you need to read Son last. You don't have to, but everything will make more sense.
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Dani
Feb 04, 2008 Dani rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens-books
That's not a plot, that's a twist!

I read this book as a companion to "The Giver," and I was pretty disappointed. The underlying sense of unease and the tense pacing that makes the Giver so fantastic just isn't present in "Gathering Blue."

Part of this, is that because it is a companion book, I read this book differently than I read the Giver. Instead of reading the book with white knuckles and wide eyes, thinking, "What the heck is wrong with these people???" I read it thinking, "Yeah, yeah, cre
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Aaron
Jul 01, 2008 Aaron rated it really liked it
If you want to know what the book is about, read the synopsis. I stopped doing book reports when I was in grade school. If you want to know what I thought of the book, read on

Wow, what a well written little story. Little in the sense it isn't long but there is a wonderful sense of economy with her writing, no, or very little, extraneous material. No outside characters that clog up the narrative.

I did see one of the plot twist coming and wondered why the author took her sweet time about revealing
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Jinky
Sep 16, 2010 Jinky rated it liked it
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Caroline
Reading this book reminded me a lot of M. Night Shyamalan's The Village (which a lot of people hated but is my favorite movie of his that I've seen!)--a village that seems just too good to be true, with a suspicious group of leaders and a question as to whether there really are monsters in the woods that are dangerous to the inhabitants.

I found it best to go into this without expectations, since I loved The Giver and knew this was supposed to be a companion novel to it, I didn't want to let my l
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Julie
Oct 05, 2009 Julie rated it liked it
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Kelly H. (Maybedog)
Boring and predictable and trite and not at all what I was expecting. I thought it was a continuation of The Giver but it isn't. I thought it would be in the same world as The Giver but I can't see any similarities. I thought it would be science fiction but there is nothing along the lines of The Giver in that department.

This might be a great read for a young adult who hasn't read the giver or doesn't know it's part of that "series" but I didn't enjoy it at all and couldn't finish it. For those
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Keith Akers
Dec 02, 2012 Keith Akers rated it really liked it
At the age of 63, I've read "The Giver" and have now read "Gathering Blue." I continue to be impressed. I like authors who take simple elements and make a complex story out of them. There's no rich historical tapestry nor complicated interplay of personalities. This is a story that adults can appreciate, and I wonder what it would have been like to read this story when I was 12 years old. (Of course, when I was 12 years old, this story hadn't been written).

Once again, it is set in a society whic
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Sarah
This started out okay, but I lost interest as it went on.

I felt quite sorry for Kira and the way she was treated in this book, the people of this village were seriously harsh, and really didn’t give anybody a chance if they had any kind of disability or impairment!

The storyline was about Kira being at risk of being thrown out of the village where she lived after her mother died, and her life thereafter. There were a lot of plot-points that were entirely too obvious and the slow pace in the secon
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Maciek
Gathering Blue is an unlikely sequel to The Giver, Lois Lowry's famous dystopia. It's unlikely because it has literally nothing to do with its predecessor, and I'm not sure why it was even written.

Like The Giver, Gathering Blue is also a dystopian novel andalthough you might find it difficult to believe the dystopian world in the novel is even less developed than the one in The Giver. Basically, the story is set in a village at some unspecific point in time, where people who cannot work and cont
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Kaora
Nov 19, 2014 Kaora rated it liked it
A quick read, that is a little confusing as it didn't seem to relate to the first book in the series.

Kira has just lost her mother and the only thing standing between her and the cruel women of the village. She is crippled, and in their eyes she is just another mouth to feed. One that contributes nothing. But she does have one skill, one that may save her life.

This world is very different from the one I entered with the first book in the series. People are dirty. They fight for food, keep their
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Jennifer
Gathering Blue is the second installment in author Lois Lowry's The Giver Quartet. I was pretty confused going into this book as I just assumed the story would be picking back up at the point where The Giver ended. But Gathering Blue is a different story with different characters. Dystopian? Yes. But it features a much calmer world than what I've become accustomed in the dystopian genre. It's not bad at all, just different. This story taught me that dreams of darkened alternate futures don't alw ...more
H
Feb 13, 2014 H rated it it was ok
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Aredhel
Oct 02, 2010 Aredhel rated it really liked it
"Gathering Blue" is a refreshing dystopian novel with an engrossing plot and well-rounded characters. Presenting a new kind of a dystopian society, it introduces the reader to a new kind of a society: it's not as progressive and sophisticated as those ones described in many dystopian books. In this book Lois Lowry strayed off the beaten path and it made the book even more interesting to read.

It was artistically written - really, not only dealt the narration with artistic issues throughout the bo
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Nathaniel Ahn
Dec 13, 2015 Nathaniel Ahn rated it really liked it
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This book is the second in a four part series by Lois Lowry, its predecessor being the widely known and acclaimed novel The Giver. A fantastic read, I thoroughly enjoyed Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in a book with a unique take on science fiction writing. While unusual, the abnormal setting did not take away from the story – in fact, I think it made the story even better. In most stories that occur in futuristic worlds, there is a pretty meagre list ...more
Jessica (Goldenfurpro)
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MY THOUGHTS
If you're expecting a sequel to The Giver, you will be very disappointed. The two books are completely unrelated to one another. Just think of this book has another dystopian and you will enjoy it more.

This book focuses on Kira. She's a young girl, born with a bad leg and shunned for it. When her mother dies she is kicked out of her home and left for dead. She's saved only by her talent with thread and weaving. She finds a new
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Cui
Nov 04, 2008 Cui rated it really liked it
Shelves: quarter-1
This book is about a Teenage girl that was born with a leg deform at birth. Her mother just passed away and her father got dragged away by the fierce piece in the woods that they nearby. Kira, The Teenage girl was known to be like 'useless' to the village because of her deformed leg and they planned to kick her out of the village and take away her house. Kira didn't want to have her house taken because if it was taken she wouldn't have a place to live so they let the Council of Guardians to deci ...more
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اللون الأزرق
اللون الوحيد الناقص في حياة هذا المجتمع الذي اختلقته لويس لوري

هذه الكاتبة الرائعة التي كتبت رواية الواهب

قد تكون هذه االرواية هي الجزء الثاني من الواهب لكنها لا ترتبط بها قط في الاحداث...الفكرة متشابهة إلى حد ما لكن النهاية عكس الرواية الاولى...كأن الكاتبة قررت أن تكتب نفس الفكرة باسلوب اخر ونهاية اخرى ليس أكثر

هذه الرواية على عكس الواهب رتمها بطئ إلى حد الملل مع انها اقصر من الواهب على حد علمي

تتحدث عن المجتمع بشكل رمزي...باسلوبها المبسط المختصر في الوصف...تصف كل شئ في جمل قصيرة تجعلك
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Ferdy
Feb 01, 2013 Ferdy rated it liked it
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I enjoyed this slightly more than The Giver (the first book in the series). Kira was a far more relatable protagonist than Jonas… However, she wasn't very endearing — she lacked depth and just wasn't very interesting — all there was to her was her niceness and her ability to let other people push her around, control her and use her. I would have preferred a heroine that was more in charge of herself and more aware of her surroundings.
The world in Gathering Blue wasn't quite as fascinati
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Sue Moro
Oct 04, 2012 Sue Moro rated it liked it





Although labeled as The Giver 2, this book has little connection to The Giver. Neither Jonas, nor any of the characters from The Giver appear in this book. The only correlation seems to be the main characters' naïveté about the world they are living in and their role in it.

In the first book, Jonas's eyes are opened by the old man known as the Giver. In this companion novel, our main character, Kira, begins to see the world for what it is when her father, known as the Seer returns secretly to he
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Danielle
Feb 13, 2008 Danielle rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
I read this book because I enjoyed "The Giver" so much. Unfortunately, this was a disappointment. It was predictable, unimaginative, and unmoving. I didn't feel for any of the characters, who seemed written intentionally to tug at the reader's heartstrings. Unlike "The Giver," the plot points in this novel felt contrived and up until the very end I just didn't care what happened to Kira, or anyone else connected with her. A young reader might enjoy this, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone els ...more
Mahsa  fanaei
Jul 13, 2015 Mahsa fanaei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
نمی تونم علاقم رو در خوندن کتابای نوجوان پنهان کنم ^_^ کتاب دوست داشتنی بود کایرا توماس و مت ^_^ همه این ها در دهکده ای زندگی می کنند که پر از آدمای خودخواه هستن ولی این ها هرکدام یه قدرت خارق العاده دارن کایرا یه بافنده جادویی هست توماس یک تراشکار و مت قلب مهربونش و البته جو کوچولوی آوازخوان :) و در نهایت آبی که از گیاه نیل و آب باران ساخته میشه و فقط انسان های مهربان میتونن اون رو بسازن :))
دوسش داشتم ^_^
Arpit Jain
Oh My God! Again the same ending like The Giver, the cliffhanger-type.
I had high expectations from this book after loving the Number the Stars by the same author Lois Lowry, though neither disappointed nor satisfied I feel now.
I think Lois Lowry has an specialization in creating such societies which are either highely organized or too much messy. This book is just opposite of The Giver in society-wise, but almost same in story-wise and narration-wise.
When I started this, it seemed to me a first
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Abbie
Dec 08, 2015 Abbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was another okay book in the series, but there were times where I felt a bit bored. It dragged slightly in areas because of it, but it wasn't too bad as the book didn't take all that long to get through.
Jon-Marshall
Dec 19, 2013 Jon-Marshall rated it did not like it
Pretentious reader here, ready to bash authors with more creativity and drive than I'd know what to do with, because I'm on the internet and don't know Lois Lowry.

The book was descriptive to a fault with little plot to warrant such verbosity (googled that). Her characters felt homogeneous (google again, but also milk) and were not relatable. Dialogue was uninteresting -- I felt "force-fed" (fun fact: I love em dashes).

Scanning for plot points yielded little reprieve from the monotony. One day, I
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Marla
Apr 21, 2015 Marla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
This is the second of The Giver Quartet. I'm not sure if it is connect to the Giver. This is about Kira who has a twisted leg and after her mother dies she is brought in front of the council to decide if she should be taken to the field and cast away or get to stay. This is an interesting dystopia story where people seem to live in a village where there is the council, a group who seem to have a decent life and a part of the village who are barely getting by. I found this story sad how the littl ...more
Britany
This is the second book in the Giver Series, however it is a completely different story. While most of the themes rang true and followed suit, different characters and a different "community" told us the story of Kira. Kira becomes a orphan and was born with a disability, but instead of being tossed aside, she has a gift of threading fabric. The Council takes her in to have her create the "singer's robe" a beautfiul robe that showcases the history of their community.

I enjoyed reading this book,
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Chesira Prado
2015 Reading Challenge #37: Un libro con un color en el título.

¿Qué significa esto? ¿Qué fue ese final? Loco, no puede terminar así!!

Me gustó muchísimo más que el primero, simpaticé mejor con la protagonista y su historia me llamó más la atención. La ternura y las locuras de Mat sin duda contribuyeron a ello. Es un libro muy emotivo y que deja mucho para reflexionar.
Denise
Sep 17, 2010 Denise rated it it was ok
I read this book because there were so many unanswered questions in The Giver and this was said to be the follow up book; but there is absolutely no connection between these two stories. If you are looking for clarification regarding The Giver, this book does not provide it. This was not a bad story, but not nearly as good as The Giver.
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
First, I thought this book would be picking up where The Giver left off or slightly there after. Nope. This was different characters and a different story. I was bummed out. Why call this The Giver 2? Still an interesting book, but I felt a little mislead.
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Taken from Lowry's website:
"I’ve always felt that I was fortunate to have been born the middle child of three. My older sister, Helen, was very much like our mother: gentle, family-oriented, eager to please. Little brother Jon was the only boy and had interests that he shared with Dad; together they were always working on electric trains and erector sets; and later, when Jon was older, they always
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The Giver Quartet (4 books)
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