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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, 240 pages
Published January 24th 2006 by Ember (first published January 1st 2000)
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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
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...more
Aaron
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...more
Jinky
I had this book mapped out in my mind. From where The Giver left off, I was sure book #2 would begin with Jonas and Gabriel surviving and finding the mainstream community, like that of our modern civilization... with music, color, and love, and then they live happily ever after. But book #2 wasn't concerned about telling Jonas's life story or a respite to what might face humankind in the future. Lowry was continuing to explore the world of a post-apocalyptic society. In this book, she has create...more
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...more
Julie
Going into this book knowing that it is the companion to The Giver did not do me any favors. The problem is that The Giver is so darn good that any "companion" would not live up to it. This is what happened.

One problem is that there isn't a whole lot going on. Kira leads us through a ton of information about weaving/sewing, threads, dyes, plants, etc. I really expected something bigger to come out of this. Some sort of explanation for her being. Nope. None. You do get the feeling that a lot more...more
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...more
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
Aredhel
"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...more
Cui
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
Keith Akers
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...more
Danielle
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
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...more
Ferdy
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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...more
Sue Moro





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...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,...more
Aika
Very sad... at page 1 mom dies...Why die so young?!?!
2017amiraj J
"Gathering Blue" by Lowis Lowry was a book that I couldn't wait to read when I got home from school. No matter what I would have to do, I would find a way to read it every day. This book, with a clear beginning, middle, and end, really showing how her life changes, never left me with a question unanswered. Kira, orphaned, is without anybody to care for her. However, because of her talent with a needle and thread, saying she doesn't control it but that the threads are almost magic and they speak...more
Denise
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.
Emilie
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Crist
Hundreds of years into the future, Earth of today no longer exists. Lois Lowry creates a whole new world where the color blue is lost, people are starving, and they rely on a song each to remember their past. Lois Lowry's Gathering Blue took an interesting take on what the future of earth might end up being.

Kira, a girl with only one usable leg, has just been orphaned when her mother died of an unknown illness. In Gathering Blue Kira relies on her skill of weaving and embroidery to survive. The...more
Monica
While Lois Lowry is no one-hit-wonder when it comes to young adult literature, there is a certain quality about The Giver that can make one uneasy about starting its companion book. Although Gathering Blue did not impact me the way The Giver did, it is still a worthwhile read, well-written and with an interesting storyline.

The story is told from the point of view of Kira, a young girl who lives in a society where those with any glaring flaws are cast out to “the field” at an early age. She seems...more
Jon-Marshall
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...more
Jessica Stanley
Written in the year 2000, Gathering Blue is a dystopian novel and serves as a companion to the award-winning novel, The Giver. The main character, Kira, a young girl of only two syllables is newly orphaned. She is handicapped, born with a twisted leg to a primitive society that casts the weak to The Field Of Leaving, where they are left to die. Kira’s widowed mother defends the newborn child against the Draggers despite her crippled leg. However, without the protection of her mother due to a sud...more
Laura
This is book two of The Giver however it felt more of a stand alone book than the next in the series. I found this to be more simple and easier to understand for a juvenile audience. I loved the characters in the book. Lowry did an excellent job with the voices for the young characters making them believable at the ages they represented. I didn't think the context was as disturbing as The Giver but still there are some issues that will probably need to be addressed with younger readers. I had al...more
Brad
Again, it is more a fantasy trying to be traditional fiction. It is so light on the fantasy elements and even though we know it is really a dystopia, I'm more likely to call it an artist novel. You know, a fruity "It's so hard being creative" subtext disguised as a post-historical study of a little village and a girl's quest to find her place in it. In other words, YA. I thought it was an ok novel, I don't have anything overtly bad to say about it except that I was... sigh... I'll say it... bore...more
Anna
Oct 09, 2014 Anna rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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I was not expecting this as the sequel to "The Giver".

Lowry creates another closed, controlled community, a mirror image to the one in "The Giver", one that is much more primitive and overtly savage. This society is ruled by division and terror; it values strength and the ability to work. A Council of Guardians governs the people, but daily life is cruel and literally a struggle for survival. The ones who have outlived their usefulness, the sick, dying and dead, are taken to the Field to die and...more
Cate H.
When I started reading Gathering Blue, I was expecting a continuation of The Giver that would explain what happened but instead I was greeted with a new setting, characters and plotline. The meaning of the book is not as powerful as The Giver but I enjoyed the book anyways. The plot line is full of endings and new beginnings in the characters life and each individual character is unique. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed reading, The Giver, because the book has the same idea alth...more
Mercutio
This series seems to be full of books with an intriguing setup, but which leave you hanging. This story begins with an orphan with a gift for embroidery. She's losing her home and nearly her life, when she's instead recognized as having a gift that can be used to repair an important piece of their people's history. As the story progresses, she begins to realize that her role is more important than she ever knew -- and that there is more danger than she knew. But the ending is left open, which is...more
Michelle Arrow
"She felt a small shudder of fear. Fear was always a part of life for the people. Because of fear, they made shelter and found food and grew things. For the same reason, weapons were stored waiting. There was fear of cold, of sickness and hunger. There was fear of beasts. And fear propelled her now as she stood, leaning on her stick. She looked down a last time at the lifeless body that had once contained her mother, and considered where to go."

Back in the day, (okay, maybe not too long ago) I w...more
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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...more
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