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, c2000
ISBN: 9780547904146
Branch Call Number: J PB L
Characteristics: 241 p. ;,22 cm

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Kris_Kringle
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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911_emergency
Jul 20, 2017

It took a much different turn from the first book of the series. It has more of a magical twist to it then the first one. It isn't bad but it is much different. None of the characters are the same and you have no idea they are in the same world as The Giver because it's drastically different. It's a book all its own; you can start with this book from the series and not be lost at all. It's more like The Giver and the Son could pass as their own pair, and the Gathering Blue and the Messenger as their own pair. But still, The Giver is definitely my favorite.

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Booksss14
Jul 11, 2017

Not as good as the first one, but still very good. It didn't end the way I thought it would though I totally guessed everything that happened. It was highly predictable.

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obtusata
Feb 28, 2017

Another intriguing book in The Giver Series. This one did not end as I had expected, but there's still an element of hope and courage.

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peterell
Dec 04, 2016

Fantastic book about personal empowerment, responsibility and social action.

I hear its being made into a musical. I think that will be really cool.

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Squid_1
Aug 19, 2016

could not finish it. Bored me to death. Disappointed especially after the first book.

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susan_findlay
Jun 24, 2016

While this is the sequel to The Giver, the only thing they have in common is that they are set in the same world. Whereas the society in The Giver was somewhat cult-like, the society in Gathering Blue has more obvious cruelty and poverty. Once again, things are not quite what they first seem.
A compelling read.

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triathbee
Jun 13, 2016

I read this book after I read The Giver and loved the characters even more, and the subject matter...the ending was ambiguous and usually I have an issue with this, except that it seems unfinished with a task for the main character to accomplish and it lays it out well, and lends itself to another book forthcoming after! This reminds me of a Tale of Two Cities where the author writes several parallel plots and in the end (the last book) she weaves them all together. Well done.

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MahnoorKhurram
May 13, 2016

Anyone who enjoyed the Giver should definitely consider this read. Set in another world altogether, Gathering Blue portrays another set of interesting characters, and a heartwarming plotline. It reflects community, and the hardship in being set apart. Amazing novel.

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lyuba22
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.

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tutgirl48
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.

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LuluY
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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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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