Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on September 25, 2000
Genre(s): fiction, adventure, dystopia, young adult
Format & Pages: e-book, 225
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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, how people could evolve, and what could 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.
I had to read The Giver back in grade school and absolutely loved it. It wasn’t until after the movie came out in 2014 and I was Googling it that I discovered Lois Lowry wrote more books in the series, and decided I needed to check them out.
Gathering Blue, while slower paced and only loosely linked to The Giver, was an easy and fascinating read. The village where Kira lives is starkly different from that where The Giver takes place, one that is more reminiscent of M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village. What is most interesting to me about this dystopian world Lowry created is that these two societies which are so completely different have come to be, and how they complement and oppose each other.
I am intrigued by these stories. Each story explores a similar theme but from an entirely different viewpoint. After returning this to the library, I picked up The Messenger to see how the third installment in this quartet will fit into this concept. If you like a story that’s more theme based than action packed, this might be your thing. I would recommend reading The Giver first, though – just don’t expect Gathering Blue to be a direct continuation!