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Gathering Blue Book Review

Not only am I behind of my reading this year, I’m even more behind on my book reviews. I’ll try not to drown you with them all at once. (Although, I would be happy to get enough writing done to actually be able to do that!) Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry is actually the second book in the Giver series. I read The Giver and about five other books toward the end of the year that I didn’t write a book review, but I’ll start with the new year to catch up. I need to do something to make my feel like better.

Book review

This series is the dystopian series that seemed to start the current trend. The first book was released in 1993, while Gathering Blue was released in 2000.

Six years after The Giver, Lois Lowry ushered readers back into that mysterious but plausible futuristic world to tell the story of Kira, orphaned, physically flawed, and left with uncertain prospects. Like The Giver, Gathering Blue challenges readers to imagine what our world could become and how people could evolve. {Amazon}

For the first 50 pages, I kept waiting to for the characters from The Giver to show up. (They never did.) Instead we get to know Kira and her interesting community. It’s interesting how the town in The Giver and the one in Gathering Blue chose such different solutions to a major world catastrophe. The Giver’s community was very organized and sterile, where in Gathering Blue they were much more primitive and raw.

Kira doesn’t fit in because of her handicap and her kind heart. It’s a great lesson on the powerful influence one person can have on those around them.

If you’ve read this book, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Until then, I can’t wait to share my book review for the next book in the series, The Messenger.

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