Born with a crippled leg, Kira has spent her whole life trying to prove she is of value. Her world is tough and unforgiving, filled with people who can’t see past their own needs and wants. When her mother dies, no one wants Kira. She is crippled. She is useless.
But she has a gift.
The threads seem to weave themselves in Kira’s hand, as if magic takes hold and does all the work. And everyone says her work is ever better than her mother’s. Surely that’s enough to save her from being tossed out in the Field to die.
Unless Vandra has her way and Kira is pronounced by the council — useless.
Then she’ll die.
Author: Lois Lowry
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 more 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, Gathering Blue had more relatable circumstances in it. Instead of being a “perfect world”, it’s a future world still locked in the misery of today’s society. The people are quite primitive. Unhappiness is a way of life. It didn’t feel as new and fresh as The Giver.
The characters had lives of their own thought! Matt is an obvious favourite. He is a mischievous “tyke”, who never washes and is always followed by a bent-tailed little dog called, Branch. Each of the characters manages to carve out life, a past, and a special uniqueness in only a few words. While there aren’t any massive transformations in the characters themselves, you do get to see how their thinking changes.
Gathering Blue is a full, rich book, sparse with boring details and loaded with character and meaning. There’s so much packed into the thin novel. While, when I compare it to The Giver, I obviously favour the latter, I still enjoyed this book for what it was. I love imagination. I love seeing other people’s imaginations. I think the author quite successfully let us into her world and made us see it for what it was.
An excellent book by Newberry-award winner author, Lois Lowry.
The blue was gathered in her hand, and she could feel it quiver, as if it had been given breath and was beginning to live.