Gathering Blue

Gathering Blue

Book - 2000
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Lame and suddenly orphaned, Kira is mysteriously removed from her squalid village to live in the palatial Council Edifice, where she is expected to use her gifts as a weaver to do the bidding of the all-powerful Guardians.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2000
Description: 215 p. : 22 cm
ISBN: 9780618055814
Branch Call Number: TEEN Lowr
Additional Contributors: Lowry, Lois. Gathering blue


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Feb 22, 2021

The society is prejudiced, primitive, not under Sameness, etc. This is different from The Giver, because it isn't The Giver.

Nov 06, 2020

At first, I was a little confused about how this book was connected to the Giver, but then I got to the end and I was like woah. This book is AMAZING!!!! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

Aug 12, 2020

This book is amazing! Last night I was almost finished and I was so hooked that I kept reading, and reading until It was late at night, and their was no more to read.
I highly sudjest this book.

Jun 10, 2020

This book is amazing for older children and teenagers. It is a little intense though, but I really enjoyed it.

Jun 05, 2020

The second book in The Giver quartet, Gathering Blue is set in a different community. An impoverished world with a rudimentary social structure and little technology, the society rejects anyone who is no longer “useful,” leaving them out in the fields to be taken by the “beasts.” ⁣

Our protagonist, Kira, was born with a deformed leg but has a talent for weaving. When orphaned and at risk of being expelled to the fields, she finds protection from one of the community’s most respected figures and begins to work on a special robe reserved for annual ceremonies. As she meets other similarly situated children and her talent grows, however, she begins to desire more than her own survival.⁣

This book is almost exactly the same as The Giver in terms of characterization, narrative voice, and dystopian development. It is almost as if the author transported Jonas to another world, switched his gender, and replayed the entire process in a different setting.

I still enjoyed the book, but this one was much more predictable in that I was able to see the final twist after just a third of the plot.⁣

Obviously I have not read last two books yet, but from the first two, Lowry seems to specialize in writing about generous teens who question the implications of their social systems. The beauty in her work lies in, as I said in my review of The Giver, slowly peeling off the harmonious layers and revealing something much uglier beneath. However, because I was able to foretell the twist, it was as if there was a gaping abyss right in the middle of the tapestry while the characters stumbled around it for most of the book.

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Dec 18, 2018

Don't be confused. This is part of the quartet. It will tie together. Don't worry. Read this book. It's a good book. Go along with the different story. It's okay. You'll be okay.

Oct 14, 2018


Apr 05, 2018

Although set in the future in the same kind of society as The Giver, this story is slow paced and not the page turner I was expecting from Lois Lowry. I know the themes and bigger messages it was trying to get across are good, but books are not just written to get points across. They have to be entertaining first and the themes and life lessons should just be a bonus and not the main focus like they are here. -@bookanarchy of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Sep 12, 2017

Interesting concept and well written but the end was slightly predictable.

DBRL_KrisA Aug 05, 2017

Lowry wrote Gathering Blue as a companion piece to The Giver. It's not a sequel, in that it doesn't have the same characters as the first book. Instead, it provides a sort of counterpoint to the earlier story - a sort of "what if". In "Giver", the society is highly developed, well-structured, organized through a system of citizens doing what they're told, never questioning, working at their assigned jobs. And in a way, "Blue" has some similarities - jobs assigned by the leaders, take the information provided at face value, never question what you're told. But where the society in "Giver" is clean and organized and (to some extent) kind, the village in "Blue" is dirty, disorganized, angry. The strong prey on the weak; the old and infirm are cast out from society. It's just "the way it's always been done".
Kira is a girl (not yet a woman) whose mother has just died. Her father died long ago, killed by beasts outside the village. (Don't go outside the village; don't stray from the paths. The beasts will get you. Have you ever seen a beast? No, but they're there because the village elders say so.) So Kira's an orphan, and has a twisted leg that makes it hard for her to work. She's useless in the eyes of many in the village, so she'd normally be cast out of the village to fend for herself (and die), but she has a gift with sewing so she's given a special job in the Village Council House. The strange disappearance of some members of the community, along with some other things that don't add up (like the dangerous beasts one never sees) begin to make her question the motives of the village elders.
I liked some of the things Lowry used to describe the village: the idea of adding a syllable onto a person's name as a sign of increased age and maturity; the way the people of the Fens talk; Matt and his little doggie. I liked the idea of the Singer, with his robe and his staff, telling and showing the people their history; it reminded me of the scene in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome where they used cave drawings to tell the people's history. This was a decent book which - although part of a series - can stand alone; there are issues left unresolved at the end, but Kira has set herself to fix things, so there's a sense of completion that gives a good finish to the book.

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Apr 11, 2015

Kira's mother has been dead for 4 years now and Kira still struggles a lot without her mother.

MaryBar74 Oct 15, 2013

It was a wonderful book. It was not as good as the giver but it had me still turning the pages. It has a great connection with "The Giver." I love reading books about this utopia worlds. So lucky we don't have to live like that. Can't wait to read The Messenger.

Jun 01, 2013

When Kira's mother dies, Kira finds herself having to prove her worth in the community. Vandera, the scarred one, tries to have Kira banished to the Fields, but Vandera's efforts result in Kira being summoned to live and work in the Council Edifice. Kira then begins to work that her mother had done in the previous year, restoring parts of the SInger's robe, the robe that tells of the community's history, as told each year at the Gathering. But as Kira works to learn the dyes and restore the robe, she begins to make connections between herself and the other children who also live in the Council Edifice.

**Christopher returns as Kira's father; now blind, wounded by Jamison, Kira's defender, Christopher affirms that their are no beasts, Christopher brings "blue" to Kira
**Matt returns with Christopher to his community, Kira stays behind.

Jul 07, 2011

In a dis-Utopian society were perfection is essential; recently orphaned Kira with a crippled leg has slim chance of survival. The Council seems to have other plans involving her gift in weaving. In a world filled with greed, anger, and poverty; Kira has to find a way to get out while still managing to save her friends.


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Aug 12, 2020

Other: It has a section when a child is missing and some think he is dead. This may be to much for young readers. It also has a part where men are grabing at a girl and yelling which may also be a warning to young readers. I belive 12 and up should read this book.

mvkramer Jan 27, 2016

Other: Mention of leaving people - including children - "out for the beasts". Casual slapping of children. May be disturbing to younger readers.


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