This is the second book in a series of three. Each can stand on their own. If you intend on reading all three you should read the first two first, ..Show More »but it wouldn't matter which one first. The Giver (book 1), Gathering Blue (book 2), Messenger (book 3). Definitely read Messenger last.
All the books are short and very interesting. She creates alternative societies in a different future. I thought this (gathering Blue) was the best of the three.
This is the story of the mother of the baby from The Giver...confused? If you have read The Giver you won't be, if you have not you should (and the o..Show More »ther two books; Gathering Blue and Messanger) before you read this one. I would assume it can stand alone, but it is all the much richer with the background from the other books. Vivid descriptions, raw emotions and hard choices are at the core of this book. The love of a mother can drive even an emotionally deprived girl from the Giver community to embark on a quest of epic proportions.