©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)
Not nearly as good as The Giver, but as the author states at the start, in a world after total destruction new life can take on may shapes. The magical realism quality of this series really takes foot with this book. Overall, interesting and an ending with both possibility and dread.
Yes, because society dynamics were rich.
Never, who am I to change the work of another?
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.
Yes - easy reading and listening.
Matt - enjoyed how he was portrayed, able to visualise the boy.
Downloaded to listen to while running long distances, but tempted to keep listening at home!
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.
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!
Her performance, given the weak material, was fine.
Some of the details and descriptions were interesting.
Commuting and writing from Northern California.
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! :)
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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