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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

Critic Reviews

"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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An amazing story

An amazing story about a girls discovery of her role ine life, sett in a future world. Loved it.

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  • Tina
  • LIBERTY, MO, United States
  • 10-22-16

Giver book 2

Really liked the story, but was hoping it would tie to The Giver. Hopefully they will all tie later?

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looking forward to more...

As I expected, from reading The Giver, the book is full of unanswered questions. I crave to know more, to see how it all ends. I love her ability to vividly describe the environment, and to keep us guessing, no matter how frustrating the latter may be.

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as good as the giver

if you like the giver for its unique civilization you will also enjoy gathering blue

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love this series!

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

both good but audio more convenient for driving;-)

What did you like best about this story?

very good morals woven into a great storyline. love how all the books in the series interrelate but not in a boring sequel way

Which scene was your favorite?

not sure as i've listened to all the books in the series and the scenes all run together in my mind.

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  • Cathy
  • Saratoga, United States
  • 07-05-16

good stuff.

really good. enjoyed the good and the bad. interesting insight to human character. love the descriptive language of the special 'gifts'.

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I loved the story and the narration was amazing! :

I was already hooked on the giver and this is a grat sequel loved it! of course they may not seem related but i guessed some conmection! anyways loved the story and the pace wished it was more of a personal journey! it kind of took away the beauty of finding blue since it was found by someone else but since its matt, i'll let it slide!

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Great book to read

I liked most of the book but some of the characters and parts of the book, like Jamison and Vandara, I would like for them to be forgotten, and I thought that Jamison was an good character but until I found out that he did try to kill Kira's father. I liked the book. It was almost my favorite book. It would of been tied with The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening, if it was a little bit better. My favorite characters in this book are Kira's mother which I forgot that character's name, Matt, Thomas, Jo, Branch(Matt's Dog), Christopher(Kira's father), The best character is Kira, and another lady that l like is another name to the character that I liked, I have forgotten.

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Give this to your daughter

Would you try another book from Lois Lowry and/or the narrator?

Eventually. This book was okay. I didn't love it but the story has a strong message about how society treats people who have physical disabilities but ignores the mental illness that can fester and bleed right in front of our noses. It could be that I was able to empathize too much with this book. Which I guess is not a bad thing. Definitely unexpected for me.

Would you be willing to try another book from Lois Lowry? Why or why not?

Not by the narrator. She gave the lead protagonist a depressing and meek voice. I'll read another book by Lois Lowry. I like the worlds she builds. This one contained predictable actions but unpredictable reactions by the protagonists.

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrator’s performances?

Yes, I would. Maybe after she has received some additional training. She did an ok job with the accents of the less prominent characters but the female lead brought me down.

Could you see Gathering Blue being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Nope. It too close to real life. People want to be entertained. This book had depth and good research as far as the textile dyeing process and how some cultures treat those who are disabled. It's a good message. But not for a TV series.

Any additional comments?

I hope this book is read in middle schools for sociology. I think it there are young people out there who can identify with the female lead one way or another.

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Awesome story, needs a different narrorator though

If you could sum up Gathering Blue in three words, what would they be?

Great story of a girl who finds her way despite the obstacles she's be dealt and a great set up for The Messenger.

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

I love the Giver series. This is probably my least favorite in the series, but it's a good link between The Giver and The Messenger.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator is the only rough part about this audio book. She makes the whole story sound like she's trying to keep from yawning herself, much less keep the listener intrigued. It's meant for older children/young adults. No way they stayed entertained with her lack of emotion. The way she describes something happy is the same way she would describe something sad.

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

The story is a slow building one, but the end is definitely worth sticking it out.

Any additional comments?

Definitely give this book a chance. But you reading the book would be a better performance than the one given here.