Gathering Blue by Lois LowryGathering Blue by Lois Lowry

Gathering Blue

byLois Lowry

Paperback | March 5, 2013

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Lois Lowry won her first Newbery Medal in 1994 for The Giver. Six years later, she ushered readers back into its mysterious but plausible future world in Gathering Blue to tell the story of Kira, orphaned, physically flawed, and left with an uncertain future. This second book in the Giver Quartet has been stunningly redesigned in paperback.As she did in The Giver and later Messenger, in Gathering Blue Lois Lowry challenges readers to imagine what our world could become, how people could evolve, and what could be considered valuable.
Lois Lowry is the author of more than thirty books for children and young adults, including the New York Times bestselling Giver Quartet and popular Anastasia Krupnik series. She has received countless honors, among them the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the California Young Reader's Medal, and the ...
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Title:Gathering BlueFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.59 inPublished:March 5, 2013Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0547904142

ISBN - 13:9780547904146

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from good book This book was my favourite in the "trilogy". Her character has a gift but, it caused her to lose her family.
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing The story in this book is amazing with a great ending.
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible book All the books in the giver quartet are extraordinary, but this one is by far my favourite. Kira's story and the world building added in this book are just fantastic. A must read if you loved the Giver,
Date published: 2018-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from beautiful story Great story, very philosophical. Easy read and a beautiful ending.
Date published: 2018-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love the entire series these are fantastic stories, well written and thoughtful - highly recommend!
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A beautiful sequel There’s nothing better than reading the sequel of a book you love that doesn’t disappoint. Gathering Blue is just as great as The Giver. Not better, but it’s definitely an amazing book that holds its ground next to its famous predecessor. This was a story that needed to be told, and Lois Lowry told it perfectly. After finishing The Giver, I had low hopes that the sequel could even begin to match how much I loved the first book, but the uncertain ending lead me to pick this up instantly nonetheless. It was a shock that we were introduced to entirely new characters and an entirely new community, but my brief feelings of betrayal were quickly erased as I became totally immersed in Kira’s world. This book is about Kira, a girl whose mother has just died. She lives in a community probably many kilometres away from from the community explored in the first book. However, this community is the exact polar opposite of the first one. Lois Lowry follows up many of the questions formulated by the first book to show us what a small society in this future universe would look like, minus the extreme control, order, and unfeelingness. In Kira’s community, there is love and friendship. People are free to become who they want, there isn’t a strict education and subsequent career system, there aren’t assigned children nor assigned child-bearers, and they can see colour. Notably, the members of this community are aware of the history of the world - they have memories of those who came before them, and celebrate and remind all the citizens of earth’s history yearly in an elaborate gathering. In every way, this community is the opposite of The Giver. With the good, comes the bad. Most of the village lives in extreme poverty. With love comes greed and impatience. The people in charge of this community live in extravagance while the majority of the population lives in small huts and cots a stone’s throw away. By giving us this stark comparison, Lois Lowry drives her message home more believably and impactfully than ever: choice, love, and friendship shines as a vital complement to being human, even in the worst conditions. This book was, in some ways, more beautiful and complex than the first. Kira has known love, loss, fear, and pain, and neither her language nor thoughts are controlled like Jonas’ were in the first book. While still being an easy to read children’s book, the writing was comparatively more descriptive and complicated to match the thoughts of the narrator. In addition, there were so many beautiful relationships in this book. Even the mother-daughter bond between Kira and her mother, despite being told only in flashbacks and memories, was touching. In terms of plot, this had a very intriguing one that was drastically different than the first yet similar in some ways, as Kira comes to realize there’s more to her community than meets the eye. I found it to be somewhat predictable, but that didn’t minimize my enjoyment of the story and how it was told. I can’t wait to read the third instalment and see how the two worlds of Kira and Jonas collide.
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from just as good as the others Really enjoying this series so far. Easy, quick reads, but with a powerful story.
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Read this in high school. Good story to teach literary techniques and I found it easy to keep reading (no slow parts)
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really enjoying this series but so different from book one This is the second book in the giver series and it is very different from the first. I am intrigued to see how Lois Lowry ties it all together in book three/four because book one and two are very different. I still really enjoyed Gathering Blue and got drawn in by the characters and cannot wait to start book three to see where it goes.
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite in the series so far! Book 3 out of 4 in the "giver" series may be my favorite so far. Lois Lowry's books are well written which makes them easy to read and this one drew me right in. So much so that I was hesitant to start the fourth book because I wasn't sure where it could go from here but I am sure it will be good also. I highly recommend this series for anyone!
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read Loving the fact that the series continues on.
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Choosing to read the Giver quartet is something I'll never regret.
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Continuing the series A must read for all who loved reading the Giver.
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loving this series The Giver was a great read. The continuation of this series will not disappoint.
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love. Lois Lowry always impresses. A page-turning novel.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Meh I read this for a school project, never before reading "The Giver", not that you need to but still. This book started way to slow and took a turn that I personally thing just ruined the point of the book.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow Story At the beginning of the book, its very slow to begin with. So many extra details were inserted in my opinion which I don't exactly like. Although the story drags along, I really liked the story nonetheless :))
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Continuing the Series If you enjoyed reading "The Giver" then I highly suggest you continue reading with this book, which is next in "The Giver" quartet! Although in the beginning the story is started VERY slow, the more you read the more all the extra details fit in with the rest of the story :))
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing If you are looking to continue the Giver Series, then this is the book for you.
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing If you are looking to continue the beautiful and terrible world Lois Lowry created, then this is the book for you. Not as good as the Giver but still great!
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it If you are looking to continue the beautiful and terrible world Lois Lowry created, then this is the book for you.
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not quite as great as The Giver- but still worth it! I enjoyed The Giver so much and so quickly that this book took some time to grow on me, but giving Kira a chance to tell her story and waiting for the links with the original story to unfold was definitely worth it.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it! A nice sequel of The Giver. Worth a read.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Features same characters from Gathering Blue Good but The Giver is still the best.
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from More of a companion than a sequel Still well-written but not as intriguing as The Giver.
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read This Book!! Usually when there is a part two of a book or movie, the second one does not even compare to the first one. In this case, I would rate The Giver and Gathering Blue one in the same! Gathering Blue is so amazing and is written so well that it should be given the title as a classic just as The Giver! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I liked this as an easy weekend read. Its connected to The Giver, so if you enjoyed taht universe you will enjoy this one too.
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Not as good as The Giver however, but hard to be that good!
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very good Enjoyed this book almost as much as The Giver
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very Slow Most of the book is exposition about Kira's life and responsibilities. Only within the last quarter of the book does the actual story kick in, and boy is it a snooze fest.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good This one has a sad ending that doesn't completely resolve questions, but the story is still interesting and I'm looking forward to the next book.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book :) I enjoyed this book a lot, not quite as good as the last but certainly worth the read :)
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it I actually preferred this to the Giver, and it is the reason I continued reading the rest of the Quartet; if it had been equal to the Giver in how much I liked it I definitely would've stopped reading. It's not that the Giver was bad, just that it wasn't that great...
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story Beautifully written and intriguing characters.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Ruined The Giver for me Never before has a sequel ruined a book that came before it, until Gathering Blue. I was really disappointed in this installment. The Giver left a lot of things open ended, only read Gathering Blue if you haven't already begn to fill in the blanks in your mind. Me, I filled in a lot of blanks and I sincerely believe my head-canon was better put together and more believable than whatever this is. Hate the direction this book took.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites Such an amazing novel and I recommend it to everyone!!!!
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright Not as good as The Giver but still a solid novel #PlumReview
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Follow up While its not as good as the giver its a really good sequel
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent This is a quick decent read. Its not as good as the giver but a nice follow up
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Messenger Good, quick read for young readers.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of the best books I have ever read!!! After reading the giver ad watching the movie, I was convinced that I had to read the rest of the series. I read the first chapter, thinking that I would get bored throughout the book, but ever page I read, left me wanting more. I highly recommend the whole series for someone who wants an engaging, light read. It has the perfect blend of mystery, joy and will have you one the edge of your seat. (a very fast reader, depending on your pace)
Date published: 2015-05-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Scary and Sad, but soooo good! Well, Lois Lowry did not seem to disappoint with this final installment of her series. I loved how it brought together the 3 main characters in a way that made a lot of sense. Also, I couldn't help but wonder, what happened to the baby that "Leader" had arrived to "Village" with? That's the only thing that left me thinking. Anyways, it's a nice development and the story really leaves you waiting to see what happens next. The ending was really sad though. :( I wanted to cry, but at least everything was at peace. This book is just as great as the first two and if you liked them well then you should definitely read this book!
Date published: 2012-01-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fell short Messenger is the last in the trilogy that commenced with the ever popular The Giver, and which then was followed by Gathering Blue. Unfortunately the first two novels proved to be difficult acts to follow successfully, in my opinion. This story seemed somewhat contrived, haphazard and written with less creative flow. I was left with a lot of unanswered questions by the end, and felt slightly ripped off and let down. Ultimately I feel the story had the potential to be so much more. Ah, well, I would still recommend the series for children, as I do find there are a lot of morality issues addressed as well as an underlying meaningful social commentary. www.booksnakereviews.blogspot.com
Date published: 2008-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down This is the companion book to the Giver and Gathering Blue. All three books are stand alones, but together they tell an even better story. They make you wonder what might happen in our future if we are not careful about our actions today. Matt and his friends shows you the true meaning of compassion and caring. There is a bit of a surprise but understandable ending. Each of these books leave you wanting more.
Date published: 2006-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Messenger I think that this book is excellent and anybody who doesn't read this is really missing out!!
Date published: 2005-06-29

Read from the Book

“Mother?” There was no reply. She hadn’t expected one. Her mother had been dead now for four days, and Kira could tell that the last of the spirit was drifting away. “Mother.” She said it again, quietly, to whatever was leaving. She thought that she could feel its leavetaking, the way one could feel a small whisper of breeze at night. Now she was all alone. Kira felt the aloneness, the uncertainty, and a great sadness. This had been her mother, the warm and vital woman whose name had been Katrina. Then after the brief and unexpected sickness, it had become the body of Katrina, still containing the lingering spirit. After four sunsets and sunrises, the spirit too was gone. It was simply a body. Diggers would come and sprinkle a layer of soil over the flesh, but even so it would be eaten by the clawing, hungry creatures that came at night. Then the bones would scatter, rot, and crumble to become part of the earth. Kira wiped briefly at her eyes, which had filled suddenly with tears. She had loved her mother, and would miss her terribly. But it was time for her to go. She wedged her walking stick in the soft ground, leaned on it, and pulled herself up.Copyright © 2000 by Lois Lowry

Editorial Reviews

Lowry returns to the metaphorical future world of her Newbery-winning The Giver. . . . Plenty of material for thought and discussion here, plus a touch of magic and a tantalizing hint about the previous book's famously ambiguous ending." (6/15/00) Kirkus Reviews with Pointers"Lowry is a master at creating worlds, both real and imagined, and this incarnation of our civilization some time in the future is one of her strongest creations." -Booklist, starred review (6/1/00) Booklist, ALA, Starred Review"