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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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    Whitesage Northern California 04-12-13
    Whitesage Northern California 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 Edinburg, TX, United States 04-06-13
    Charlotte Edinburg, TX, United States 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
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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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    Annie Lastar Anywhere USA full time RVer 11-08-12
    Annie Lastar Anywhere USA full time RVer 11-08-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Very enjoyable read."

    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.

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    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 05-14-12
    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2011

    Eclectic, avid listener, favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "Sweet Middle Book for the Series"

    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."

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    rosemary Los Angeles, US, Canada 01-07-13
    rosemary Los Angeles, US, Canada 01-07-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Unfinished Endings!!!!!"

    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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    Gilmara Lima Mendes Piscataway, New Jersey 11-10-12
    Gilmara Lima Mendes Piscataway, New Jersey 11-10-12 Member Since 2012

    Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.

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    "Unexpected"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Gathering Blue to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matt was my favorite character. It was so easy to fall in love with his spontaneous behavior and his mischievous doings :)


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

    Also Matt. It was very funny to hear the way he talked.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend it. It's a short, simple and straight to the point book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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