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Gathering Blue

(The Giver #2)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  167,795 ratings  ·  11,566 reviews
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 (first published September 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 th…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.…moreYes you should, and you need to read Son last. You don't have to, but everything will make more sense.(less)

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Jan 15, 2008 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
Miranda Reads
As a sequel - horribly disappointing.

As a standalone - mildly interesting.

Honestly, I was expecting a lot the characters from book 1 to show up in book 2.

I mean, there's a hint (and it's barely a hint) so I guess, it might be able to be classified as a companion novel.

We follow Kira, a young teen with an almost magical artistic gift. She is forever hindered by a birth defect, causing lameness in one leg.
“Take pride in your pain," her mother had always told her. "You are stronger
mark monday
Alright kids, settle down! It's time for our lesson of the day. Today we will be focusing on Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry, which is her follow-up to The Giver, a popular modern classic that I know many of you loved.

But first let's clear the room of any adults disguised as kids. You know who you are! You read books written for children and young adults that are intended to be modern day parables, stripped of details and complicated, "realistic" characters, stories that are intended to be less abo
Ahmad Sharabiani
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Gathering Blue (The Giver, #2), Lois Lowry

Gathering Blue is a young adult social science novel, written by Lois Lowry and released in the year 2000.

It is a companion book to The Giver (1993) being set in the same future time period and universe, treating some of the same themes, and is followed by Messenger (2004), and Son (2012) in The Giver Quartet.

The central character, Kira, who has a deformed leg, is orphaned and must learn to survive in a society that normally leaves the weak or disabled
Jun 30, 2008 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
Sep 04, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
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Chris Horsefield
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
athering Blue is a companion novel to The Giver. This is a gentle warning that you won’t get any sort of resolution from The Giver with this book. Despite that little niggle, I actually really enjoyed Gathering Blue. I loved following Kira’s story as she faced an uncertain future. I really enjoy Lois Lowry’s writing style. I love how her books are frustrating, but so bloomin’ wonderful at the same time. The world which she imagines is rather terrifying.

Gathering Blue follows Kira, as she grieves
Emily B
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up.

Ignoring the fact that this is part of a series, as a stand alone book I did enjoy this.

Although It wasn’t ground breaking for me it was entertaining and I found it easy to read Kira’s story. I particularly liked Matt’s character and without him it would have felt a little flat.
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
Keith Akers
Dec 02, 2012 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
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
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
Jun 15, 2009 rated it liked it
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While Gathering Blue is the second book in The Giver Quartet, it is not a sequel to The Giver. There are similarities, though. Both stories explore themes of physical and emotional pain, individual worth, communal memory, and the role of the governing body of a community -- all, amazingly through the eyes and experiences of children.

I really love the main characters, Kira, Thomas, Matt, and Jo. (I even feel fond of Matt's resilient dog, Branch.) In the midst of the violence and anxiety of their
Sarah Elizabeth
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
Spider the Doof Warrior
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Merphy Napier
I'm glad so many people warned me that Gathering Blue doesn't follow Jonas like The Giver did. It aloud me to fully enjoy this new story. Gathering Blue was atmospheric and moving just like The Giver, and while I did enjoy book 1 more, I still highly recommend this one too! ...more
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this Book #2 of The Giver series. It has a little mystery, drama, and sweetness all put together in this one book. And it has enough of a secret at the end that it leaves the reader wanting to get to the next book (Messenger) to see what happens! Can't wait! ...more
Amber J
I try to express only my most honest opinion in a spoiler-free way. Unfortunately, there is still always a risk of slight spoilers despite my best efforts. If you feel something in my review is a spoiler please let me know. Thank you.

This book was really pretty good. I was surprised cause it was given a lower rating than The Giver and also many reviews were saying that it wasn't as good, but I thought it was great. It had a different setting than the first book, but a lot of the underlying issue
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
Oct 09, 2014 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

Considering how much I loved the first book, I don’t really know how to feel about this one.
The whole concept and idea was very interesting, the idea of an archaic society that at the same time is futuristic, where the people that are considered weak can’t be part of it.

The thing that didn’t convince me was the plot itself.
Kira is a girl with a “defect” for this type of society, but thanks to her talent in needlework, once her mother mysteriously dies because of a sickness, she is brought to
Alondra Miller
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars

Well, I must say this was pretty good.

We get to experience another enclave in this mysterious world, created in the first book of the series; The Giver. Another settlement of higher council stiffs, lording over those less fortunate. When special gifts are displayed, those gifted are chosen (stolen) to serve; and everything and everyone around them is expendable.

A few twists in the story, but the ending was not satisfactory. Why choose that route?? Why not peace?? Why?? I am not saying th
Faith M ✨
It was interesting, but didn't hold my attention much, especially compared to The Giver. To be completely honest, it felt like half a book, and the first half only. It was unresolved and, to use a pun in line with the subject matter, had several loose threads.

Besides that, Kira was rather boring as a protagonist. Even when she learned horrible things about her world, she remained content to stay and be a part of the system. I loved Matt and Thomas though.
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Original Post: Gathering Blue at FLYLeF ( with 3.5/5

LOIS LOWRY CONTINUES to create a unique world in her second volume of The Giver quartet. In Gathering Blue , she intricately weaves a society wrought with poverty, where savagery, greed, and deceit prevail, and the weak are mercilessly shunned and discarded.

Kira, born physically flawed, is destined for abandonment in the Field of Leaving. By the fierce protection and love of her mother, she marginally escapes this heartles
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: middle-grade
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When looking at it separate, it is a 4 star book. Well written, well established, and brings you into this world that is different, thinks different and comes to different conclusions than you are used to...
As a book two in a quartet, I am hellish confused... What? Where? When? Why? I hope it will be explained in the books to come but right now I am just confused...
Sep 17, 2010 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
enqi ☁️✨
Jan 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
“Take pride in your pain," her mother had always told her. "You are stronger than those who have none.”

I'm going to start off by saying that I read Gathering Blue a long time ago for school. I first read this book in 2013 for my Year 1 Literature class. I think I liked the book and had a pleasant experience reading it, but after that my memories are obscured by all the discussions of themes, characters, plot and setting that we had in class, and so I don't think I really appreciated the sto
Henry Martin
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
After my rather critical review of The Giver, a few years have passed, and I found myself reading The Giver to child #2. While my impressions of The Giver have not changed much, the child's curiosity made me reach for Gathering Blue, the second book in the quartet.

Personally, I feel the second book is actually worse than the first one. Well, the writing is, anyway. Nevertheless, there are not as many plot holes in this one, and the story, albeit not captivating, asks of me to suspend my disbeli
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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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