Gathering Blue

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 phy

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 responsibiliIn 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.

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  1. Taken from Lowry s website I ve always felt that I was fortunate to have been born the middle child of three My older sister, Helen, was very much like our mother gentle, family oriented, eager to please Little brother Jon was the only boy and had interests that he shared with Dad together they were always working on electric trains and erector sets and later, when Jon was older, they always seemed to have their heads under the raised hood of a car That left me in between, and exactly where I wanted most to be on my own I was a solitary child who lived in the world of books and my own vivid imagination.Because my father was a career military officer an Army dentist I lived all over the world I was born in Hawaii, moved from there to New York, spent the years of World War II in my mother s hometown Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and from there went to Tokyo when I was eleven High school was back in New York City, but by the time I went to college Brown University in Rhode Island , my family was living in Washington, D.C.I married young I had just turned nineteen just finished my sopho year in college when I married a Naval officer and continued the odyssey that military life requires California Connecticut a daughter born there Florida a son South Carolina Finally Cambridge, Massachusetts, when my husband left the service and entered Harvard Law School another daughter another son and then to Maine by now with four children under the age of five in tow My children grew up in Maine So did I I returned to college at the University of Southern Maine, got my degree, went to graduate school, and finally began to write professionally, the thing I had dreamed of doing since those childhood years when I had endlessly scribbled stories and poems in notebooks.After my marriage ended in 1977, when I was forty, I settled into the life I have lived ever since Today I am back in Cambridge, Massachusetts, living and writing in a house dominated by a very shaggy Tibetan Terrier named Bandit For a change of scenery Martin and I spend time in Maine, where we have an old it was built in 1768 farmhouse on top of a hill In Maine I garden, feed birds, entertain friends, and readMy books have varied in content and style Yet it seems that all of them deal, essentially, with the same general theme the importance of human connections A Summer to Die, my first book, was a highly fictionalized retelling of the early death of my sister, and of the effect of such a loss on a family Number the Stars, set in a different culture and era, tells the same story that of the role that we humans play in the lives of our fellow beings.The Giver and Gathering Blue, and the newest in the trilogy Messenger take place against the background of very different cultures and times Though all three are broader in scope than my earlier books, they nonetheless speak to the same concern the vital need of people to be aware of their interdependence, not only with each other, but with the world and its environment.My older son was a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force His death in the cockpit of a warplane tore away a piece of my world But it left me, too, with a wish to honor him by joining the many others trying to find a way to end conflict on this very fragile earth.I am a grandmother now For my own grandchildren and for all those of their generation I try, through writing, to convey my passionate awareness that we live intertwined on this planet and that our future depends upon our caring , and doing , for one another.

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  1. That s not a plot, that s a twist I read this book as a companion to The Giver, and I was pretty disappointed The underlying sense of unease and the tense pacing that makes the Giver so fantastic just isn t present in Gathering Blue Part of this, is that because it is a companion book, I read this book differently than I read the Giver Instead of reading the book with white knuckles and wide eyes, thinking, What the heck is wrong with these people I read it thinking, Yeah, yeah, creepy village w [...]

  2. 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 [...]

  3. 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 [...]

  4. 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 Villa [...]

  5. 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 wit [...]

  6. 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 [...]

  7. 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 f [...]

  8. 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 he [...]

  9. Going into this book knowing that it is the companion to The Giver did not do me any favors The problem is that The Giver is so darn good that any companion would not live up to it This is what happened.One problem is that there isn t a whole lot going on Kira leads us through a ton of information about weaving sewing, threads, dyes, plants, etc I really expected something bigger to come out of this Some sort of explanation for her being Nope None You do get the feeling that a lot is going on i [...]

  10. Gathering Blue is an unlikely sequel to The Giver, Lois Lowry s famous dystopia It s unlikely because it has literally nothing to do with its predecessor, and I m not sure why it was even written.Like The Giver, Gathering Blue is also a dystopian novel andalthough you might find it difficult to believe the dystopian world in the novel is even less developed than the one in The Giver Basically, the story is set in a village at some unspecific point in time, where people who cannot work and contri [...]

  11. 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 simple [...]

  12. The problem with this book is it doesn t seem like it s the same world as The Giver.The Giver world was full of technology that blocked out WEATHER and they genetically altered people They had pills that suppressed feelings and passion There were no mammals and birds allowed But the world in this book is gritty and dirty Parents smack their kids Men hunt with spears Women can t read, it s sexist and horrible Everyone has to punch each other and beat each other up for the slightest thing They liv [...]

  13. Boring and predictable and trite and not at all what I was expecting I thought it was a continuation of The Giver but it isn t I thought it would be in the same world as The Giver but I can t see any similarities I thought it would be science fiction but there is nothing along the lines of The Giver in that department This might be a great read for a young adult who hasn t read the giver or doesn t know it s part of that series but I didn t enjoy it at all and couldn t finish it For those who wi [...]

  14. This started out okay, but I lost interest as it went on.I felt quite sorry for Kira and the way she was treated in this book, the people of this village were seriously harsh, and really didn t give anybody a chance if they had any kind of disability or impairment The storyline was about Kira being at risk of being thrown out of the village where she lived after her mother died, and her life thereafter There were a lot of plot points that were entirely too obvious and the slow pace in the second [...]

  15. A quick read, that is a little confusing as it didn t seem to relate to the first book in the series.Kira has just lost her mother and the only thing standing between her and the cruel women of the village She is crippled, and in their eyes she is just another mouth to feed One that contributes nothing But she does have one skill, one that may save her life.This world is very different from the one I entered with the first book in the series People are dirty They fight for food, keep their toddl [...]

  16. While Gathering Blue is the second book in The Giver Quartet, it is not a sequel to The Giver There are similarities, though Both stories explore themes of physical and emotional pain, individual worth, communal memory, and the role of the governing body of a community all, amazingly through the eyes and experiences of children.I really love the main characters, Kira, Thomas, Matt, and Jo I even feel fond of Matt s resilient dog, Branch In the midst of the violence and anxiety of their dystopian [...]

  17. Gathering Blue is the second installment in author Lois Lowry s The Giver Quartet I was pretty confused going into this book as I just assumed the story would be picking back up at the point where The Giver ended But Gathering Blue is a different story with different characters Dystopian Yes But it features a much calmer world than what I ve become accustomed in the dystopian genre It s not bad at all, just different This story taught me that dreams of darkened alternate futures don t always hav [...]

  18. Original Post Gathering Blue at FLYLeF flylef with 3.5 5LOIS LOWRY CONTINUES to create a unique world in her second volume of The Giver quartet In Gathering Blue, she intricately weaves a society wrought with poverty, where savagery, greed, and deceit prevail, and the weak are mercilessly shunned and discarded.Kira, born physically flawed, is destined for abandonment in the Field of Leaving By the fierce protection and love of her mother, she marginally escapes this heartless custom When her mot [...]

  19. Gathering Blue is a refreshing dystopian novel with an engrossing plot and well rounded characters Presenting a new kind of a dystopian society, it introduces the reader to a new kind of a society it s not as progressive and sophisticated as those ones described in many dystopian books In this book Lois Lowry strayed off the beaten path and it made the book even interesting to read.It was artistically written really, not only dealt the narration with artistic issues throughout the book, but it [...]

  20. Take pride in your pain, her mother had always told her You are stronger than those who have none I m going to start off by saying that I read Gathering Blue a long time ago for school I first read this book in 2013 for my Year 1 Literature class I think I liked the book and had a pleasant experience reading it, but after that my memories are obscured by all the discussions of themes, characters, plot and setting that we had in class, and so I don t think I really appreciated the storyline of th [...]

  21. SpoilersI enjoyed this slightly than The Giver the first book in the series Kira was a far relatable protagonist than Jonas However, she wasn t very endearing she lacked depth and just wasn t very interesting all there was to her was her niceness and her ability to let other people push her around, control her and use her I would have preferred a heroine that was in charge of herself and aware of her surroundings The world in Gathering Blue wasn t quite as fascinating as The Giver s It was s [...]

  22. Is it just me, or is this book missing an ending I understand cliffhangers and I understand open endings, but this books ends without anything being resolved whatsoever THE GIVER has an incredibly open ending, but the main conflicts were resolved and action was taken In this, I have no idea how anything is fixed or changed There is no confrontation with Jamison, no confrontation with Vandana, no confrontation about Annabella s Katrina s Thomas s Jo s parents deaths, nothing about the treatment o [...]

  23. Having loved the first book, The Giver, I couldn t wait to start reading Gathering Blue Besides the author has a spectacular writing style She manages to draw you into a completely different world in a matter of chapters, never wastes words, and wraps up stories with infuriatingly unsatisfying endings What could you want in a book Well, Gathering Blue, didn t disappoint, but it didn t quite meet the high mark of The Giver While The Giver was impossibly different, unreal and fascinating, Gatheri [...]

  24. 4 StarsWell, I must say this was pretty good.We get to experience another enclave in this mysterious world, created in the first book of the series The Giver Another settlement of higher council stiffs, lording over those less fortunate When special gifts are displayed, those gifted are chosen stolen to serve and everything and everyone around them is expendable A few twists in the story, but the ending was not satisfactory Why choose that route Why not peace Why I am not saying the ending was a [...]

  25. 5 Recenzia complet palarisme chef carti recenzSeria lui Lois Lowry ar trebui s fie studiat la coal Simbolistica este cutremur toare F uritoarea de albastru dezvolt temele din Darul lui Jonas, le transpune ntr o viziune asem n toare, f r s le caute o explica ie sau o rezolvare Un stil fluid, o lectur rapid i personaje magice Mi a pl cut foarte mult i abia a tept al 3 lea roman, care le va lega pe primele dou.

  26. I really enjoyed this Book 2 of The Giver series It has a little mystery, drama, and sweetness all put together in this one book And it has enough of a secret at the end that it leaves the reader wanting to get to the next book Messenger to see what happens Can t wait

  27. This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic NerdMY THOUGHTSIf you re expecting a sequel to The Giver, you will be very disappointed The two books are completely unrelated to one another Just think of this book has another dystopian and you will enjoy it .This book focuses on Kira She s a young girl, born with a bad leg and shunned for it When her mother dies she is kicked out of her home and left for dead She s saved only by her talent with thread and weaving She finds a new home, but b [...]

  28. This book is the second in a four part series by Lois Lowry, its predecessor being the widely known and acclaimed novel The Giver A fantastic read, I thoroughly enjoyed Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in a book with a unique take on science fiction writing While unusual, the abnormal setting did not take away from the story in fact, I think it made the story even better In most stories that occur in futuristic worlds, there is a pretty meagre list of p [...]

  29. This book is about a Teenage girl that was born with a leg deform at birth Her mother just passed away and her father got dragged away by the fierce piece in the woods that they nearby Kira, The Teenage girl was known to be like useless to the village because of her deformed leg and they planned to kick her out of the village and take away her house Kira didn t want to have her house taken because if it was taken she wouldn t have a place to live so they let the Council of Guardians to decide if [...]

  30. 4 stars WOWOWOW THIS BOOK SURPRISED ME I started reading it right after I finished THE GIVER and I ve gotta admit I WAS LITTLE BORED I was rather turned off by the slooowwwww beginning and how suddenly the reader is flung into seemingly an entirely different world than that of the first book in the series But then the pace started to pick up and WOOOO I COULDN T PUT IT DOWN But I have too many thoughts right now so LET S LIST.LOVELIES Spot on world building SUCH DETAIL I FELT LIKE I WAS THERE An [...]

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