©2006 Lois Lowry; (P)2008 Listening Library
"Lowry returns to the metaphorical future world of her Newbery-winning The Giver to explore the notion of foul reality disguised as fair....Readers will find plenty of material for thought and discussion here....A top writer, in top form." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Lowry has once again created a fully realized world full of drama, suspense, and even humor." (School Library Journal)
The story was weak, it started slow and then when it finally finished it felt as if we had only heard half the story. The more I read/listen to Lois Lowry's "The Giver" Series the more it's clear that many of the most interesting and compelling events happen 'off screen' she hints and the events but never gets into detail. It's almost as if she never gets into what would be the true meat of her stories.
I have read The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger, and am half way through Son and in all three of her other Giver novels the story is compelling enough to overlook the way Lowry glosses over what would be the most interesting aspects of the world she has created. But Gathering Blue reads like an uncompleted novel, as if she reached the chapter directly proceeding the climax but she never actually shows us the climax or resolution.
That said the other two novels following this in the giver set, require you to have read Gathering Blue in order to understand and appreciate them completely. When taken as part of The Giver series Gathering Blue can be seen as a weak but necessarily link in the chain. But as a stand alone novel i feel it fails miserably
Yes, because that's my preference, generally.
The Giver, Messenger and Son because they complete the series.
Finding out why Matty was missing.
The whole book was moving.
So glad I read the series.
If you enjoyed The Giver, you will love this story. The second book of the "quartet" but it could stand alone. Great job by the narrator as well.
Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.
I didn't read the print version.
Matt was my favorite character. It was so easy to fall in love with his spontaneous behavior and his mischievous doings :)
Also Matt. It was very funny to hear the way he talked.
Not really. I started it because I wanted to know what happened to Jonas, from "the Giver", and I was wondering how he was going to enter this plot, with Kira and all. I liked the book all in all, and I never expected the ending the way ti happened. I had a complete different picture in my mind.
I recommend it. It's a short, simple and straight to the point book.
Certainly held my attention and had some interesting twists and turns to keep the reader wondering, "What next". Will be reading more by this author. Performance was perfect.
Eclectic, avid listener, favorite book is the one currently in ear.
Although, "The Giver" stands alone... "Gathering Blue" needs "Messenger" to feel complete and tie the books together. The last two are set in differently evolved communities and much like "The Giver" show how individuals and community values and norms influence the whole. Note that "Messenger" is short and will leave you with a lot of questions. Perhaps there is a forth book coming to complete the series? I was content reading "The Giver" but plan on wanting more after "Gathering Blue" and "Messenger."
i was really hoping that this was going to start where the Giver ended. the problem i have with Lowry is Unfinished Endings!!!!!
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