Gathering Blue (The Giver Quartet #2)
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
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
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
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
It was artistically written - really, not only dealt the narration with artistic issues throughout the bo...more
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
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
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
Kira starts off with the fact that her mother has died. Her fa...more
Kira should have been left in the Field when she was born with a...more
By Lois Lowry
Kira is a girl who has been crippled from birth. In her society, someone like her would have been eliminated. However, Kira's mother managed to protect Kira from that fate. Unfortunately, when Kira's mother dies, villagers plan to take over Kira's land. When they go to court, Kira discovers that she must move to a new room in a more advanced building. She is introduced to heated water, indoor plumbing, and a new job. Her skilled weaving...more
This book is the second book to The Giver series. It is set in a totally different community. In the community they have the Guardians, and one of these Guardians saved a young girl named Kira's life, because her mother died, and to all of the other members of the community she is considered "useless". She has a twisted leg, that she has had since birth. But Kira, has a gifted talent for threading, and the thread "speaks to her." Along with Kira there are two other gifted young peop...more
Unlike the one in “The Giver” this society is clearly quite...more
Lois Lowry's magnificent novel of the distant future, The Giver, is set in a highly technical and emotionally repressed society. This eagerly awaited companion volume, by contrast, takes place in a village with only the most rudimentary technology, where anger, greed, envy, and casual cruelty make ordinary people's lives short and brutish. This society, like the one portrayed in The Giver, is controlled by merciless authorities with their own complex agendas and secrets. And at the center...more
Finished book 4/13/13
I really enjoyed reading this book. I first decided to read this book because it is the second book in the Giver series and I really enjoyed reading the Giver. This book is about this girl named Kira. Kira was left orphaned and physically flawed in a society that does not allow and shuns you might say and discards the weak. She by the name Kira faces a frightening and uncertain future. Kira's neighbor are hostile and nobody but...more
I really disliked this for the first half of the book. The setting is s...more
The Giver Quartet is a series that I thoroughly enjoyed. In fact, I was originally only going to read The Giver for this report, but I enjoyed the book so much I decided to read the whole series.
Lois Lowry has a knack for writing different types of voices throughout the whole series. In Son, the villagers who took up Claire had a primitive way of talking that kind of reminded me of Scottish or Irish people. “Delwyth nodded solemnly. ‘I learnt it from the queen,’ she said, ‘when I be’d a helper
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"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