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Gathering Blue

(Book #2 in the The Giver Series)

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Lois Lowry's Gathering Blue continues the quartet beginning with the quintessential dystopian novel, The Giver , followed by Messenge r and Son . Kira, an orphan with a twisted leg, lives in a world where the weak are cast aside. When she is given a task that no other community member can carry out, Kira soon realizes that she is surrounded by many mysteries and secrets. No one must know of her plans to uncover the truth about her world--and to find...

Customer Reviews

6 ratings

Very good, I read this as a kid and it’s story has stuck with me!

This is a very good book that I read as a kid. It has a good lesson of compassion and strength of Will.

Stop putting spoilers in the reviews please, thank you

I read the Giver. It was great. I’ve gotten to about 56 pages into Gathering Blue now and saw these reviews. Had to stop reading them because spoilers. Please stop doing that, my good people. Can’t wait to finish the book!

The order, not the book

I haven’t read the book yet, but I’m super excited to read it!! However, I’m dissatisfied with the order. I’m pretty sure I ordered paperback, but I got hard cover. I really wanted a matching set! I’m kinda sad and upset now. But hey, a book is a book and I can’t wait to read it! Just gotta finish a couple other books first. Haha

Lois Lowry and Gathering Blue

The Giver was my favorite book until I read Gathering Blue! This new book by Lowry is as intriguing as The Giver, and gives the reader more to think about. Science fiction is not my favorite genre, but these books are definitely an exception. Kira, the main character, is a likeable, compassionate young woman who is saved from death because of her talent for embroidery which she had learned from her mother. Matt, her friend is enjoyable in his naivity, but he definitly becomes a valuable friend. Thomas, the Carver, is interesting because of his artistry and background being so similar to Kira's. The theme of the artist as the predictor of the future is an interesting theme. This book explores the value that artist's bring to society, as well as, the importance of community and of love among humans. The idea of the artist being controlled by the state is interesting because of the many struggles our country has against/for censorship in the arts. I would recommend this book to young adults as well as adults.


Here's a touching novel with a great moral. Kira, the main character of Gathering Blue is a girl with a lame leg who lives in a future world that has a simple rule - all those who are weak must go. Somehow, Kira's mother saved her from the demise; but now that Kira's mother is dead, the first thing that happens to Kira is that she is accused of being lame and brought to the council of Guardians. Surprisingly, the Council saves Kira because of the special gift she has to make beautiful embroidery. Kira stays in a special room and discovers another child like her who also has a unique talent named Thomas. Kira, Thomas, and a younger boy named Matt together find the secret of their village. This is a great book for all teens.

An important, incredibly powerful, MUST read book!

What if all modern technology vanished? What if the daily struggle for food and shelter became the utmost priority in our world? Who would be considered of value in the society that followed? Ms. Lowry has given readers a story with all the impact of her earlier book, The Giver. Gathering Blue is also a novel set in the possible future, where insular towns and villages have developed, and contact between them is almost nonexistent. In one of these villages, the reader is introduced to a young girl named Kira. Through Kira's eyes, the reader is gradually pulled in to discover the horrifying, and entirely possible, secret of Kira's world. Gathering Blue is absolutely stunning in the concepts it presents; I'm certain that teachers will want to incorporate this powerful book into their reading curriculum. Along with Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli and Matilda Bone by Karen Cushman, Gathering Blue will be among the top contenders for next year's Newbery Award.