Gathering Blue

Paperback | March 5, 2013

byLois Lowry

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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.

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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 paper...

Lois Lowry is the author of more than thirty books for young adults, including the 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 Mark Twain Award. She received Newbery Medals for two of her...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.27 × 7.62 × 0.67 inPublished:March 5, 2013Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, thought-provoking book Somehow or another I managed to go my entire gradeschool (and college) career without so much as touching this book, although I heard about it from time to time. Finally, after a friend recommended it, I purchased it and began to read. I was not anticipating a read that would grip me as hard as it did and be largely responsible for a bout of melancholy I suffered as a result of reading. Nor was I expecting quite that type of ending (I'll get to that soon). The style is simplistic, which is neither a positive or negative to me, although it should make the book more approachable for a wider audience. I did appreciate that most of the time I did not feel cheated as a reader, except perhaps a very little as the book was ending. Lowry does an excellent job of describing the bland, boring way of life of the people in the community, maybe a little too heavily sometimes but also sneaking in comments that I did not catch, because I take the senses and feelings of the world I live in for granted. There is very little action to speak of, but it is not needed. This might be a turnoff for those who need an adrenaline rush while reading lest they grow bored, but the story is compelling on its own by making readers ask the question, "What is going on here?" and encouraging them to turn the next page for answers. Answers which do not all come. There are many questions this book does not answer. How exactly did society develop to be this way? Who else is out there that requires the presence of some sort of military (the planes)? Why are memories returned if the receiver dies or goes far away? For that matter, what *is* a memory? There are others as well, but I want to keep spoilers to a minimum. The one question I really do not want to know the answer to is what happens to Jonas and Gabe. I like the ambiguous nature of the ending. We as readers do not need to be told the answer to this. We can decide for ourselves and decide why we think the ending is what it is. (This ignores the sequels.) I did say earlier on that I felt a little cheated by the ending. It is not the very end itself--I cannot think of too many ways it could have been better--but about 75% of the way through the story, it began to feel as though Lowry decided she needed to wrap up the story soon. I would have liked for the events leading up to the end to have been fleshed out a little more. In all, I would recommend most people read this at least once.
Date published: 2015-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Giver This is a really good book. I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Date published: 2015-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Giver I loved it so much! I couldn't put it down for 2 hours straight! This is one of the best books in history.
Date published: 2015-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gathering Blue I thought that this book is just as powerful as its prequel. I wish they'll base a movie on this book.
Date published: 2015-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The giver An amazing book Saying it is ok to be different and it is. This book shows if every thing in life was the same it would be ........ Lifeless The author did a fantastic job. I think most people who want to be a writer some day should read this book
Date published: 2015-06-19
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 4 out of 5 by from Good book... I didn't really like the ending. Usually I appreciate cliffhangers, but this one was just obnoxious.
Date published: 2015-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was very interesting. I thought that The Giver was well written and exciting. Jonas is a young boy of 12 who see's things that others cannot. But it's rude to ask questions of others so he does not know that others don't see these things. At the age of 12, children recieve their assignments(jobs). The assignment that Jonas recieves changes his life in ways that you won't believe! This is a must-read for fans of dystopian novels like The Hunger Games and Divergent.
Date published: 2015-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Giver This wonderfully truthful book was written by Lois Lowry. With every character’s pain your heart aches for them and every mistake you wish to fix. Jonas is a careful, kind boy with pale eyes. His mother is a Judge and always takes the logical side but his father is a Nurturer and he was always the softer and more convincing person. Silly and playful seven year old Lily is Jonas’s younger sister. Jonas was watched as a child and now, at his Ceremony of Twelve, he is selected to be the Receiver. “Jonas has been selected to be our next Receiver of Memory,” the words echoed through the community. Jonas and his friends start growing apart because, in this community, Sameness is what everyone is focused on. It is considered rude to talk about your differences. Even when you have the Ceremony of Twelve you are singled out to be with people who are the same as you, but Jonas is completely alone to be the Receiver, no one who is the same. Asher and Fiona were Jonas’s friends. Asher is a very immature and careless eleven years old but when he is assigned to be the Recreational Director, he grows up a little. Fiona is kind and gentle and likes to spend her volunteer hours at the House of Old, so her assignment there was very predictable. Jonas and his friends grew apart because they had absolutely nothing in common. Jonas knew about things that nobody else did and that tore him apart from everybody else. Jonas got upset when Asher was playing war games because nobody knew how horrible war was and Asher got annoyed at Jonas for trying to tell him. Fiona got tired of hinting at Jonas to tell about his job and just stopped trying. Gabe is an Uncertain newchild with pale eyes like Jonas who comes to live with their family unit. Jonas is so wrapped up in his own issues that he does not notice that Gabriel is having trouble sleeping. As an Uncertain newchild, Gabe has been granted another year to learn how to sleep properly. If in that year, Gabriel is not able to sleep soundly without disturbing his family unit, then Gabe will be released. Jonas, finally aware of what release is, gets upset that nobody cares that they are being killed. But they do not know what murder is and believe that they are just doing what is best for the community. Sameness is encouraged in the community but nothing is really felt. Even a family unit has no love for each other. Nobody actually lives with their child and nobody picks who they want to spend their life with. They say that sameness ensures no conflict. Yet at the hand of their own people, they are killing a newchild just because he has a twin. I am usually mad at this community because while Sameness does create a peaceful community with no conflict, nobody feels love or pain. Nobody chooses their happiness. It gets handed to them based on personality. Jonas gets selected to be the Receiver of Memory and during his training with the Giver, who transports the memories to him, he gives Jonas memories of war. Jonas gives up a little. He insists to himself that he does not want it; he does not want the honor. However Jonas goes back every day and learns how the community does things right but he also learns how much they have taken away. Jonas feels Love for the Giver, a feeling he had never experienced before. The pale eyes they have in common is a sign for their connection. The Giver truly cares about Jonas and does not enjoy giving painful memories to Jonas. It makes me sad that Jonas finds it hard to understand how much their lives were starved from emotions. It makes me want to desperately help him imagine our independence where we pick our own jobs, our own lovers, and ultimately our own lives. I want Jonas to know that conflict makes our lives stronger. I want him to know that differences should be welcomed, and that solving conflict will not weaken you. This book made me feel really emotional because Jonas was really strong and wanted to help the community even when everybody else gave up. This book will make you feel so many emotions which is funny because strong emotions are forbidden in their community. I recommend this book to everybody because you will love this heartfelt, impactful book at any age from ten and up this book will make you ache from your head to your toes but this book will also fill you with bliss, and delight.
Date published: 2015-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The more I read it, the more I loved it This book was a lovely book to read. At the beginning, I wasn’t really going for it but after reading the first five chapters, I started to change about my opinion of the book. I thought it was going to be boring but I was wrong… We are introduced to a boy named Jonas, who has pale eyes and is eleven years old. He likes helping people out when they are in trouble, and he also likes to spend time with his friends Asher and Fiona. Jonas has a little sister named Lily she makes you laugh a lot through the book. She is playful, messy, impatient, and she is seven years old. Lily reminds me of my best friend Sarah, maybe not as messy as her. Gabriel is a baby that has ash pale eyes like Jonas, something that’s really rare in their community. Jonas’s father brought back Gabriel from the nurturing center because he wasn’t as calm as the others newchild. They have to teach him how to behave before the Ceremony of One. When you get introduced to Gabriel you start getting suspicious about what is going to happen to him. Asher is Jonas’s best friend and they both like hanging out next to the river with their bicycles. I don’t really like Asher. Jonas’s father works at the Nurturing Center, and his mother works at the Department of Justice. The community is very special because there is almost no freedom. They are so many rules that are not supposed to be broken. In the community, being different isn’t a good idea because they don’t want differences to become a conflict with the other people. The only day when they celebrate difference is the day of the Ceremony of twelve for the people that are turning twelve. When you turn one year old you get assigned to your family and you also get your name. At eight is when you get your jacket with the buttons on front and you also get to stop wearing the ribbons. At the Ceremony of Nine community members get their first bicycle and learn how to ride. At the Ceremony of Twelve community members get assigned to your future job in the community. I personally wouldn’t like being assigned to a job that I might not like. The day of his ceremony, Jonas gets skipped and at the end of the ceremony the Chief of the community, asks Jonas to come down like she did with all the other twelves. Then she starts saying that Jonas had been chosen to be the next Receiver of Memory. From now he knows that the community agrees that he is different. This is when the story really begins. I recommend something to the readers, if they want to read The Giver or watch the movie, in my opinion you should read the book before watching the movie, because the movie differs a lot from the book. Lois Lowry has achieved something great by writing The Giver. You will enjoy reading this adventurous, funny, and sometimes stressful book. Hope you will read The Giver.
Date published: 2015-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book, I loved it In the beginning, we meet a character named Jonas, he has pale eyes, and to me he seems to be a very responsible 11-year-old boy. He is very proper and usually organized. In the beginning, it struck me he saw many unusual things that lots of other community members didn’t see. I liked him because he was very interesting and he always knew what he was doing. His friends name is Asher. Asher is often clumsy and makes lots of mistakes. I got the feeling that Asher was less responsible and often made mistakes and jokes. This story takes place in a community full of Sameness. People who live here don’t have feelings and can’t see Color. This community is controlled and nobody is allowed to have feelings, at some point they start feeling things but they all get controlled, the children have to take pills to stop their feelings and emotions from growing. They also use really interesting vocabulary that is controlled too. As the story’s plot unrolls we meet Jonas’s parents who are not his actual parents because in this community there are birth mothers who have to have 3 children and no more. These children have their families chosen for them. I liked Jonas’s father because he wasn’t as straightforward about things as Jonas’s mother. I didn’t like his mother because I found her too strict and proper all the time. she never broke the rules and always corrected Jonas. At first, it is confusing but we meet a baby named Gabriel, a regular baby who just isn’t adjusting to the environment and need special assistance, if he doesn’t manage to learn he would have to be released. Jonas’s dad decided to take care of the baby and bring him home. I was really surprised because it was very rare for parents do such things in the community. I felt happy for Gabriel because I saw a slight connection between Gabriel and Jonas from the start because the first thing Jonas saw was: Gabriel’s pale eyes just like his own. We are with Jonas when he goes to the ceremony of 12 where all the 12s get assigned their jobs for life. I found it rather peculiar that they get their jobs assigned for them at the age of 12. I was very surprised and scared when the Chief Elder skipped his name, but it turned out he was given the job of being the new receiver of memory. When I heard it, I was really excited because I always got the feeling that he was different from all the others and that he had a special gift and ability to See Beyond. The day after the ceremony, Jonas meets the Giver. The first thing we are told is that the Giver also has pale eyes like him and that really got me thinking if it was a hidden message of some kind. The Giver has a very interesting character. He is really calm and dedicated. I could see that he had been through a lot of painful memories. He was my favorite character because of his calm personality and the way he always analyzed everything. In Jonas’s first session with the Giver, the Giver makes him lie down on his stomach and tells him to close his eyes. Then he puts his hand on Jonas’s back and starts passing a memory. He suddenly appears in a snowy mountain and sees a sled, at first he doesn’t know what it is but soon he sits down on it and starts going down the mountain. The cool wind brushes against his face and he is enjoying himself. That was my favorite memory because I also love winter so I could relate to him. I felt the same joy as he did when I sat on a sled for the first time. Soon Jonas starts getting feelings for Fiona another 12 who has red hair and is really nice. When he tells his parents about it, they tell him to start taking the pills that will stop his feelings for Fiona. I was really frustrated after that event because it’s human nature to have feelings, and the fact that this community stops it with pills really made me angry. One day, Jonas asked the Giver if there are any painful memories the giver knows suffering from. The Giver knows a lot of painful memories but decides not to tell him just now because he might not be strong enough but Jonas insists and the Giver has no choice but to give them to Jonas. Jonas was very brave but I felt like he wouldn’t be able to take the pressure and pain. The Giver Jonas a memory of war and Jonas got too shocked and frightened to stay after seeing the memory. I think I would have reacted in the same way if I had suddenly been told about such a painful memory and seen people play it as a game. I don’t want to give away the ending but I’ll tell you that I felt really sad in the end and I just put down the book. I wish Lois Lowry had made the ending a little more, but then again I can understand that: she wanted the reader to predict the ending instead of her personal feelings getting mixed on the ending. I really liked this book and it made me think of how lucky we are that we get to make our own choices but this book also got me thinking. I expected this book to be very childish but it is a book for adults and children.
Date published: 2015-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My review on The Giver I absolutley loved this book. I recommend it to anyone who likes cliffhangers, mystery, or that feeling you have when you just really love a book.
Date published: 2015-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wishing for more Ending was abrupt which is a good problem as i wanted to read more! her books are rather short. Looking forward to book three.
Date published: 2015-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Giver An exellent book of science fiction! In a world where colors, music and love do not exist, the journey of Jonas through the discoveries of hapiness, but also pain... To read!
Date published: 2015-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good for good readers 5-5 I love this book, very interesting, and the closer you get to the end, the more exciting it becomes.
Date published: 2015-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gathering Blue This is one of the best books I have read in my life after the Giver. Great Job! RECOMMENDID!!!!!!!
Date published: 2015-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book club choice! I really liked this book even though it's a young adult book. The concept was strange but interesting and left me wanting more. Unfortunately, it ended.
Date published: 2015-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ok... The reading is ok, but it could be better. The drama is well managed, but the end didn't please me. Anyway... Good reading.
Date published: 2014-12-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read This book is geared towards the 9-12 age group. It does not have tons of action but the story is well-written and definitely sustains interest, particularly once Jonas receives his assignment. The unfinished feel to the ending makes one want to read the next book in the quartet.
Date published: 2014-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The giver I have read this book dozens of times i learn something new every time thank you Lois Lowry
Date published: 2014-09-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Giver Too short and no real story to it. It ended just as ai thought it was getting to the real story. Don't of I'd bother buying any sequels. Not enough excitement.
Date published: 2014-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ending? The book told a unique and interesting story but the end was too abrupt and open.
Date published: 2014-09-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The giver I wish it was longer. I want to know what happens when he reaches the bottom of the hill.
Date published: 2014-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Giver Very good read. I read it in two days. the concept was very interesting. I want to know more about Jonas' adventure to Elsewhere.
Date published: 2014-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gathering blue Loved it but it ended to quickly. Loved it
Date published: 2014-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gathering blue Another wonderful book by Lois Lowry. The story of Kira and the truth about her village and the evil that lurks there. A must companion to The Giver and the books following that novel. A great read for all ages.
Date published: 2014-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Messenger Amazing book about a possible future of earth. I couldn't put it down. Very thought provoking and I am glad to say that I have the other 3 books by Lois Lowry that are companions to this novel.
Date published: 2014-03-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Messenger Amazing book about a possible future of earth. I couldn't put it down. Very thought provoking and I am glad to say that I have the other 3 books by Lois Lowry that are companions to this novel.
Date published: 2014-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The messenger Great book.. I love wrestling.. lol MIZ OOOOUUUUUUTT!!!!!!
Date published: 2014-02-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This book sucked! This book was really pointless , it was boring and tragic. DONT WASTE YOUR TIME
Date published: 2014-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Just as The Giver, Gathering Blue is an amazing book. I could picture everything going on, but like The Giver once again, it leaves me at a cliff hanger and wanting more, with more questions swimming through my mind.
Date published: 2014-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Messenger written by Lois Lowry LOVED IT!!!! So many emotions. Read this one after 'The Giver' also written by Lois Lowry.
Date published: 2013-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gathering blue Good book better ending
Date published: 2013-05-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great book great series OMG ive been waiting for the first and second book to come together. And they finally have!
Date published: 2013-04-19
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.
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

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“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 "