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At the age of 63, I ve read The Giver and have now read Gathering Blue I continue to be impressed I like authors who take simple elements and make a complex story out of them There s no rich historical tapestry nor complicated interplay of personalities This is a story that adults can appreciate, and I wonder what it would have been like to read this story when I was 12 years old Of course, when I was 12 years old, this story hadn t been written.Once again, it is set in a society which is simpler than ours or at least, not as technologically advanced It is a society harsher than ours, though not entirely without feeling so this is not a leaden handed dystopia In fact, in many ways it feels like our own society If you ve read The Giver, the ending of Gathering Blue represents an interesting contrast If you read this book without reading The Giver, the genre would be unclear at first Is this science fiction, fantasy, or just a drama set in the future or in the past, or on a different planet entirely In Gathering Blue it becomes clear for the first time that this is a drama set in the future, and is set on the planet Earth that we know It is not a Middle Earth like land created ex nihilo This is evident from the poetry at the bottom of p 171, Ravaged all, Bogo tabal, Ti toron, Totoo now gone But there are also fantasy elements, just as in The Giver, in this case a piece of cloth that clearly conveys danger, or reassurance Or is even this reading too much into the plot I appreciate this kind of ambiguity in a story.Finally, there is the idea that pain gives strength, which is laid on top of another idea, that cooperation compensates for weakness I don t like this world of backyard chickens in an uncaring world, but I was warmed the idea that human beings can rediscover compassion within themselves all over again. Gathering Blue The Giver, 2 , Lois LowryGathering Blue is a young adult social science novel, written by Lois Lowry and released in the year 2000 It is a companion book to The Giver 1993 being set in the same future time period and universe, treating some of the same themes, and is followed by Messenger 2004 , and Son 2012 in The Giver Quartet The central character, Kira, who has a deformed leg, is orphaned and must learn to survive in a society that normally leaves the weak or disabled exposed to die in the fields In the course of the book, she begins to learn the art of dyeing thread different colors, except for blue, which nobody in her community knows how to make She also learnsabout the truth of her village and the terrible secrets they hold 2014 1388 248 9789643626822 21 DOWNLOAD ♨ Gathering Blue ☩ 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 ForeverAs 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 If you want to know what the book is about, read the synopsis I stopped doing book reports when I was in grade school If you want to know what I thought of the book, read onWow, what a well written little story Little in the sense it isn t long but there is a wonderful sense of economy with her writing, no, or very little, extraneous material No outside characters that clog up the narrative.I did see one of the plot twist coming and wondered why the author took her sweet time about revealing it to the main character even though as I reader, I saw it coming Seems to be my trend lately, I keep seeing when writers throw in their version of the McGuffin or whatever Hitchcock called it.Which isn t a bad thing, just try not to make it so obvious next time I m not sure if the reader should be smarter than the main character It s like in films when the audience knows something it takes the character on the screen half the movie to figure out Not good.At any rate, I love the characters and mostly loved the style of writing It was told simply and elegantly.The introduction of the world inhabited by the characters was top notch.As I predicted, I was sorry to see the book end but was very happy with the resolution of the story It made sense to me, which I can t say about a lot of books.When I returned the book to my local library, I went looking for the prequel The Giver only to come away empty handed It is a very popular book But, then to my surprise, I found Gathering Blue had a sequel I d love to say I ll be diving in this right away but I have a whole stack of books that need to get read Plus, I d like some time to ruminate over this generally well told story.Not much happens, but it is still a very fascinating read I got an older copy from my local library and like the older original cover better than the one pictured. Kira is a young girl who was born with a twisted leg, causing her to limp and need a walking stick She is considered weak and useless by most of the people in her village, but her mother refused to leave her out in the field for the beasts to get like everyone else did with damaged babies and those who broke the rules too many times.This story has nothing to do with The Giver, but it could be another community in the same world far, far away While The Giver was a utopian dystopian background with technology and medicine, this world has no technology at all Herbal medicine is about all they have They can build shelters from wood, the men hunt, women aren t allowed to learn to read or write They have gardens and are hunter gatherers It s a harsh world Most are dirt poor Small children are beaten and treated like animals, and if you get hurt too badly, you ll lose your work and home and your kids will get taken away The draggers will take you away to the field for the beasts to get. Stuff happens and Kira is taken to live with the guardian council, all men, who make the big decisions and govern over the community Kira becomes a seamstress, a sewer, and begins work on the beautiful coat the singer wears each year at The Gathering The coat is embroidered with the people s pasteverything that has happened from the beginning of the world to the destruction of the world before, and up to the present.Slowly, Kira begins to see the cracks in her world, the flaws, the unfairness, the lack of freedom she and everyone else has.This one has a sort of surprise like The Giver had with the releasing It s a sort of slow moving book and not a whole lot happens, so I m glad I decided to listen to the audio version To be honest, I don t think I would have been interested in the print version Listening to it was nice Plus, it s a rather short book I liked Kira I hated the world she lived in, but it was interesting to learn about it.The ending was a bit vague and open ended, but so was The Giver This one hasof an ending than that one did Overall, probably closer to 3.5 stars It s nowhere near as good as The Giver and completely different I probably wouldn t read it again, but I did enjoy it I had this book mapped out in my mind From where The Giver left off, I was sure book 2 would begin with Jonas and Gabriel surviving and finding the mainstream community, like that of our modern civilization with music, color, and love, and then they live happily ever after But book 2 wasn t concerned about telling Jonas s life story or a respite to what might face humankind in the future Lowry was continuing to explore the world of a post apocalyptic society In this book, she has created a Village that is hostile to young children, ranks a person by how many syllables are in their name, and casts out damaged individuals to the Forest Set years after The Giver, we are introduced to Kira in this book We learn that before she was born, her father went to hunt and was said to have been taken by the beast She was born crippled twisted leg and according to law she should have been cast out, but her mother Katrina did not let that happen Then upon Katrina s strange death the start of the book , Kira found herself orphaned and faced the mercy of The Council of Guardians to determine her fate Fortunately, she was an artist that they needed so they allowed her to stay and she becomes the seamstress to handle the coveted Singer s robe She befriends another artist , Thomas the Carver Also maintains her previous friendship with Matt, a spirited young tyke Then she learns from Isabella Annabella, a dye colorist expert, that there are no beasts in the Forest That and upon discovering the mysterious captivity of Jo, another artist a young girl that beautifully sings , Kari begins to wonder what is going on In the meantime, Matt s eccentric character leads him into the Forest where he discovers Christopher Kira s father Before she knew it, Kari was going to get the puzzle pieces together The ending of course was another thought provoking cliffhanger The seed of hope may or may not flourish.Once I understood where Lowry was going with this book, I liked the plot However, I didn t find the characters as gripping as in the first book with exception of Matt, so I m glad to see that he will have a major role in the third book I am curious to see how Lowry ends up tying it all together.My quote ables Take pride in your pain, You are stronger than those who have none. athering 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. Reading this book reminded me a lot of M Night Shyamalan s The Village which a lot of people hated but is my favorite movie of his that I ve seen a village that seems just too good to be true, with a suspicious group of leaders and a question as to whether there really are monsters in the woods that are dangerous to the inhabitants.I found it best to go into this without expectations, since I loved The Giver and knew this was supposed to be a companion novel to it, I didn t want to let my love for the previous novel make this experience less enjoyable A lot of readers seem to have had that problem they expect this to be some kind of sequel or the same story, whereas it s a companion in the sense that it shares a lot of the same themes from The Giver and it seems to be the same post apocalyptic world where different societies have cropped up around the world and adjust to the new situations differently.The plot in here isn t exactly fast moving, but the mystery of it kept me very invested in it I really enjoy dystopian novels, and this had an interesting twist to it with the children artists and the manipulation of them. As a sequel horribly disappointing.As a standalone mildly interesting.Honestly, I was expecting a lot like the characters from book 1 to show up in book 2 I mean, there s a hint and it sbarely a hint so I guess, it might be able to be classified as a companion novel.We follow Kira, a young teen with an almost magical artistic gift She is forever hindered by a birth defect, causing lameness in one legTake pride in your pain, her mother had always told her You are stronger than those who have noneHer society is cruel, stupid and evil Women are littlethan breeding stock and homemakers A far cry from the orderly yet emotionless one we saw in the first book Kira s fate would ve been to marry and breed well, until the village realized her flaw to paraphrase no one wants a crippled wife Unsurprisingly, her society also suppresses all forms of educations especially for women But it made her smile, to see it, to see how the pen formed the shapes and the shapes told a story of a name. Kira is on the cusp of losing her home and everything she s ever known When she performed a vigil over her mother s bodythe village women hatch a plan toseize newly orphaned Kira s land and build a pen for the toddlers Their justification Kira is lame, so reallyshe should ve been given back to the forest aka left to die years ago.Just before they can carry out their plans, the council of elders swoo in to save her Kira suddenly finds herself in a brand new world One with plumbing, and beds, and with all the embroidery string she could want The council conveniently needs a new artist to repair the singer s robe and were willing to take Kira in when she was desperate Only now that she s there, she begins to realize that perhaps she wasn t rescued at allThis book was a bit frustrating It didn t have the same magic as book 1 and my interpretation is colored by my bitternesshow is this even considered a book 2Maybe because I m older this time, but it s so painfully obvious when Kira gets manipulated or the reasons behind a unexpected death It just frustrates me so much when the main characters are so darn oblivious The Finer Books Club 2018 Reading Challenge A book with a color in the titleAudiobook CommentsExtremely well read a pleasure to listen to Hats off to the narrator Katherine Borowitz.YouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat miranda.reads Happy Reading Alright kids, settle down It s time for our lesson of the day Today we will be focusing on Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry, which is her follow up to The Giver, a popular modern classic that I know many of you loved.But first let s clear the room of any adults disguised as kids You know who you are You read books written for children and young adults that are intended to be modern day parables, stripped of details and complicated, realistic characters, stories that are intended to be less about the world being built andabout the theme being developed, and you dismiss them as trite, two dimensional, and predictable Get out of here Also and I m sorry for any hurt feelings at this announcement I d like to ask that any of the less imaginative among us to maybe take a walk or a nap If you can t conceive of a second book in a series havingof a thematic rather than a literal connection to its predecessor, if the very idea of a thematic connection makes you annoyed then discussion of today s lesson is not for you Sorry, and enjoy your break.Okay, now that our group is a little smaller, maybe feels a little safer, let s dive in Gathering Blue is set in a harsh world filled with even harsher adults It s very different from The Giver, albeit with some key similarities both are set in places that suffer from a lack of empathy and kindness both stories recognize that pain is necessary to existence, connection to others creates meaning, and your imagination will set you free The fascinating thing to consider is that these important ideas about the necessity of certain feelings and bonds and the power of imagination are conveyed in two completely different settings within tales that remain strikingly similar in their thematic intentions Just as an artist will continually revisit the same themes and ideas, an important lesson will be retold in multiple ways and still retain its value The world of The Giver was creepily placid the world of Gathering Blue is starkly brutal The importance of the lesson remains the same despite the change in the story surrounding it and yet it is that change in the story, in its setting and characters, that keeps the lesson fresh.So what is the lesson here You re a smart group of kids, so instead of dumbing it down, I will just quote it verbatim from the bookBut to use the knowledge of the threading, you must learn the making of the shades When to sadden with the iron pot How to bloom the colors How to bleedAny questions