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Gathering Blue | [Lois Lowry]

Gathering Blue

Kira, an orphan with a twisted leg, lives in a world where the weak are cast aside. She fears for her future until she is spared by the all-powerful Council of Guardians. Kira is a gifted weaver and is given a task that no other community member can do. While her talent keeps her alive and brings certain privileges, Kira soon realizes she is surrounded by many mysteries and secrets. No one must know of her plans to uncover the truth about her world and see what places exist beyond.
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Publisher's Summary

Kira, an orphan with a twisted leg, lives in a world where the weak are cast aside. She fears for her future, until she is spared by the all-powerful Council of Guardians. Kira is a gifted weaver and is given a task that no other community member can do. While her talent keeps her alive and brings certain privileges, Kira soon realizes she is surrounded by many mysteries and secrets. No one must know of her plans to uncover the truth about her world and see what places exist beyond.

©2006 Lois Lowry; (P)2008 Listening Library

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    NLB 01-02-15
    NLB 01-02-15

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    "Wonderful!!!!"

    I will listen to this one again and again! The performance was outstanding, and the story was fascinating. Highest recommendations!

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    Amazon Customer 12-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Wow!"

    I couldn't stop listening! I loved the readers voice and the story. Can't wait to hear the next book.

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    SungKD 10-31-14
    SungKD 10-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Passive read."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, because society dynamics were rich.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Never, who am I to change the work of another?


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Borowitz – was your favorite?

    Kira.


    Was Gathering Blue worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    My greatest fear is that this book, Gathering Blue will be gathering dust, but not in my home. This is mainly because it's in an audio form, but besides the jokes, it is a very action absent read. For some with that one comment they will never read this book but if you're willing to get your thrill from elsewhere than the fighting and explosions, Gathering Blue will give you just that. The dynamics of society portrayed in this book often had me feeling emotions of disgust and reverence; characters also. The novel itself may be far from hand to hand combat, but if you give it a read and open your emotions to be influenced by the order of things, your nerves will be affect just the same.

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    Fiona 09-29-14
    Fiona 09-29-14
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    "Easy Read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - easy reading and listening.


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Borowitz – was your favorite?

    Matt - enjoyed how he was portrayed, able to visualise the boy.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Downloaded to listen to while running long distances, but tempted to keep listening at home!


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    Sandra Stoyanovich 09-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Little bit of a let-down at the end"

    I enjoyed The Giver very much. This book, though similar, built up certain suspicious circumstances in great detail. But the climax simply consisted of Kira identifying that these things were happening. That was it, it was the end.

    I really would have enjoyed some kind of outcome. After having discovered some terrible things going on, it would have been nice for Kira to be able to achieve some kind of resolution to the situation, or at least an explanation.

    Perhaps the third book will continue to bring it together - other reviewers have said as much. I'll see, and am looking forward to that one.

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    Elphaba McKay 07-14-13

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    "Why is this a required school book?"
    What disappointed you about Gathering Blue?

    Everything! The plot was painfully predictable. My 11yr old laid it out after chapter two. The characters are flat. The story was unbelievable and boring.

    We got the audio book to help re-enforce understanding while my son was reading, so I listened along. No wonder he hates reading! If this was the level of books when I was in school, I would have hated it as well!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lois Lowry again?

    Never.


    What didn’t you like about Katherine Borowitz’s performance?

    Her performance, given the weak material, was fine.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Some of the details and descriptions were interesting.


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    Whitesage 04-12-13
    Whitesage 04-12-13

    Commuting and writing from Northern California.

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    "Excellent Story ~"
    Where does Gathering Blue rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I very much enjoyed listening to this from beginning to end. The detail of the author, gives the imagination many visuals. It made the ride home go by fast! :)


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    Charlotte 04-06-13
    Charlotte 04-06-13
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    "Weak story"

    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

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    Billie Lee Orenbuch Abington, PA, US 03-20-13
    Billie Lee Orenbuch Abington, PA, US 03-20-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Necessary next book in Lois Lowry's series."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Gathering Blue to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because that's my preference, generally.


    What other book might you compare Gathering Blue to and why?

    The Giver, Messenger and Son because they complete the series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Finding out why Matty was missing.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole book was moving.


    Any additional comments?

    So glad I read the series.

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    R. M. Corson Pennsylvania Furnace, PA United States 02-04-13
    R. M. Corson Pennsylvania Furnace, PA United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Great listen!"

    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.

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