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✓ Gathering Blue Ù Download by ↠´ Lois Lowry 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 simpler than ours or at least, not as technologically advanced It is a society harsher than ours, though not entirely without feeling so this is not a leaden handed dystopia In fact, in many ways it feels like our own society If you ve read The Giver, the ending of Gathering Blue repr 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 to die in the fields In the course of the book, she begins to learn the art of dyeing thread different colors, except for blue, which nobody in her community knows how to make She also learns about the truth of her village and the terrible secrets they hold 2014 1388 248 9789643626822 21 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 Responsibilities In Her Quest For Truth, Discovering Things That Will Change Her Life ForeverAs 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 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 to the main character even though as I reader, I saw it coming Seems to be my trend lately, I keep seeing when writers throw in their version of the McGuffin or whatever Hitchcock called it.
Which isn t a bad thing, just try not to make it so obvious next time I m not sure if the reader should be smarter than the main character It s li 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 with technology and medicine, this world has no technology at all Herbal medicine is about all they have They can build shelters from wood, the men hunt, women aren t allowed to learn to read or write They have gardens and a 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 Village that is hostile to young children, ranks a person by how many syllables are in their name, and casts out damaged individuals to the Forest Set years after The Giver, we are introduced to Kira in this book We learn that before she was born, her father went to hunt and was said to have been taken by the beast She was born crippled twisted leg and according to law she should have bee 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 her mother who has recently died Kira has a bad leg which disables her and makes her slower than the rest of her village The other ladies want to get rid of her so they can rebuild a home on her mother s land Kira doesn t give up easily and 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 for the previous novel make this experience less enjoyable A lot of readers seem to have had that problem they expect this to be some kind of sequel or the same story, whereas it s a companion in the sense that it shares a lot of the same themes from The Giver and it seems
As a sequel horribly disappointing.
As a standalone mildly interesting.
Honestly, I was expecting a lot like the characters from book 1 to show up in book 2 I mean, there s a hint and it sbarely a hint so I guess, it might be able to be classified as a companion novel.
We follow Kira, a young teen with an almost magical artistic gift She is forever hindered by a birth defect, causing lameness in one legTake pride in your pain, her mother had always told her You are stronger than those who have noneHer society is cruel, stupid and evil Women are little than breeding stock and homemakers A far cry from the orderly yet emotionless one we saw in the first book Kira s fate would ve been to marry and breed well, until the village realized her flaw to paraphrase no one wants a crippled wife Unsurprisingly, her society also suppresses all forms of educations especially for 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 world being built and about the theme being developed, and you dismiss them as trite, two dimensional, and predictable Get out of here Also and I m sorry for any hurt feelings at this announcement I d like to ask that any of the less imaginative among us to maybe t