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Gathering Blue (The Giver #2)

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The astonishing sequel to The Giver

Orphaned and physically flawed in a civilization that shuns and discards the weak, Kira faces a frightening uncertain future.

When she is summoned by the Council if Guardians, Kira prepares to fight for her life, but the Council has unexpected plans for her. Now Kira faces new responsibilities. On her quest for truth, she discovers things
Paperback, 241 pages
Published 2014 by Harper Collins Children's Books (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…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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Jan 15, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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 t
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
Jun 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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Kira is a young girl who was born with a twisted leg, causing her to limp and need a walking stick. She is considered weak and useless by most of the people in her village, but her mother refused to leave her out in the field for the beasts to get like everyone else did with “damaged” babies and those who broke the rules too many times.

This story has nothing to do with The Giver, but it could be another community in the same world far, far away. While The Giver was a utopian/dystopian background
Ahmad Sharabiani
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
Chris Horsefield
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 15, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Spider the Doof Warrior
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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
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
Oct 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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

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
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 heartless cu
C.G. Drews
Having loved the first book, The Giver, I couldn't wait to start reading Gathering Blue. Besides the author has a spectacular writing style. She manages to draw you into a completely different world in a matter of chapters, never wastes words, and wraps up stories with infuriatingly unsatisfying endings. What more could you want in a book?

Well, Gathering Blue, didn't disappoint, but it didn't quite meet the high-mark of The Giver. While The Giver was impossibly different, unreal and fascinating
"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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“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
Jan 31, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
Simona Stoica
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recenzia completă:

Seria lui Lois Lowry ar trebui să fie studiată la şcoală. Simbolistica este cutremurătoare. Făuritoarea de albastru dezvoltă temele din Darul lui Jonas, le transpune într-o viziune asemănătoare, fără să le caute o explicație sau o rezolvare. Un stil fluid, o lectură rapidă şi personaje magice. Mi-a plăcut foarte mult şi abia aştept al 3-lea roman, care le va lega pe primele două.
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
~4.25 stars~
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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
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