emmejo, July 4, 2010 (view all comments by emmejo)
In Kira's village, anyone who can't work due to a birth defect or injury is killed. Kira was born with a twisted leg, and her mother fought and won permission to allow her to live. With her mother's death it seems Kira might be killed after all, unless she can prove to the Council of Guardians that the skills she does have are worth enough to offset those she lacks.
This interesting novel is very hard to put down! It definitely makes you think a lot about how much it makes sense for a community to try and support those who can't help themselves, and how seemingly less than useful talents sometimes need to be looked at in a different light.
The characters are very real and I admit, I got rather attached to some of them. The plot is slow-moving, but steady and interesting enough to keep your attention. The ending felt very abrupt and rushed, which was very disappointing considering the high-quality of the rest.
Michael Taylor, February 17, 2007 (view all comments by Michael Taylor)
The Messenger, Gathering Blue and The Giver can be read in any order and each stands on its own merits but those who enjoy any individual title will want to read all three because the stories are beautifully interwoven. Lowry still needs to resolve some of the story lines and things brought up in this continuing tale and so look forward to reading additional books about these characters, their very believable communities and world they live in.
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The second book in Lois Lowry's Giver Quartet tells the story of Kira, orphaned, physically flawed, and left with an uncertain future.
Lois Lowry won her first Newbery Medal in 1994 for The Giver. Six years later, she ushered readers back into its mysterious but plausible future world in Gathering Blue to tell the story of Kira, orphaned, physically flawed, and left with an uncertain future. This second book in the Giver Quartet has been stunningly redesigned in paperback. As she did in The Giver and later Messenger, in Gathering Blue Lois Lowry challenges readers to imagine what our world could become, how people could evolve, and what could be considered valuable.
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