Gathering Blue (The Giver #2)

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
The Giver

Synopsis:

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 responsibilities in her quest for truth, discovering things that will change her life forever.

As she did in The Giver, Lowry challenges readers to imagine what our world could become, and what will be considered valuable. Every reader will be taken by Kira’s plight and will long ponder her haunting world and the hope for the future.

Thoughts:

Gathering 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 for her mother who has recently died. Kira has a bad leg which disables her and makes her slower than the rest of her village. The other ladies want to get rid of her so they can rebuild a home on her mother’s land. Kira doesn’t give up easily and a talent that guides her through the tough times into interesting times ahead…

Gathering Blue is different from The Giver because it’s nowhere near as intense. Rating one over the other, I do prefer The Giver, but Gathering Blue is still a fantastic, wonderfully simple read. It was satisfying even though it was a short read. I feel like Lois Lowry doesn’t waste any time with pointless plot development or too many characters. Her writing is simple, to the point and it’s lovely to read. I hear the next book The Messenger, gives some resolution to the end of The Giver. 

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Be warned that this is a companion novel, but it’s certainly a companion novel that’s worth checking out! 

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