Thursday, December 10, 2015

Review: Gathering Blue (The Giver Quartet #2) by Lois Lowry

Title: Gathering Blue
Series: The Giver Quartet #2
Author: Lois Lowry
Genre: YA, Literature & Fiction
Published Date: September 25th 2000 by Delacorte Press
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
In her strongest work to date, Lois Lowry once again creates a mysterious but plausible future world. It is a society ruled by savagery and deceit that shuns and discards the weak. Left orphaned and physically flawed, young Kira faces a frightening, uncertain future. Blessed with an almost magical talent that keeps her alive, she struggles with ever broadening responsibilities in her quest for truth, discovering things that will change her life forever.

As she did in The Giver, Lowry challenges readers to imagine what our world could become, and what will be considered valuable. Every reader will be taken by Kira's plight and will long ponder her haunting world and the hope for the future.
I really did loved and enjoyed Gathering Blue I know some people didn't like this book but I absolutely loved it!

Gathering Blue starts out with Kira who wakes up from a deep sleep calling out her mother name but unfortunately her mother Katrina died in the field a couple of days ago. Kira lives in a community where all the males are the leaders and control the communities there is an Council Of Guardians who makes the law for there community and they all are males and only males are the only ones who can read and write it is forbidden and against there law for a women to read and write so the woman have to remember everything by memory when they are taught to work and they only work the woman do is cooking, cleaning and weaving clothes for there husband and there Council and of course taking care of there children at there homes there is also a part of the community that is very poor it is a very depressing place to live at. Kira was born with a deform leg and by the Council law they would of disposed Kira to the field to let the wild beast take the child away because the Council thinks when a child is born weak or deform they would not survived but Kira mom Katrina stood up to they council and said no to them when they were going to collect Kira to the field because she now that Kira was strong and still had life in her and that she will survive her deformity and Kira did survived in this community when a baby is born they name the child with one syllable and are consider as tykes when they grow older and wiser they get more syllables in there names. Kira is a very gifted weaver she was a much better weaver than her mother Katrina when the council found out they did everything they had to do to get Kira and get her they did. Kira goes through her ups and downs living with council she finds new friends and was living and comfortable life and she had everything she needed living with the council but she still had and feeling that something was not right with the council of guardians and when she finally founds out the dark secrets and truth about the council of guardians well I just leave it right here because I don't want to spoil anybody.

Overall I really did loved and enjoyed Gathering Blue especially the weaving and dying the threads aspect of the story I can't help it fashion is in my blood!
"I’ve always felt that I was fortunate to have been born the middle child of three. My older sister, Helen, was very much like our mother: gentle, family-oriented, eager to please. Little brother Jon was the only boy and had interests that he shared with Dad; together they were always working on electric trains and erector sets; and later, when Jon was older, they always seemed to have their heads under the raised hood of a car. That left me in-between, and exactly where I wanted most to be: on my own. I was a solitary child who lived in the world of books and my own vivid imagination.

Because my father was a career military officer - an Army dentist - I lived all over the world. I was born in Hawaii, moved from there to New York, spent the years of World War II in my mother’s hometown: Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and from there went to Tokyo when I was eleven. High school was back in New York City, but by the time I went to college (Brown University in Rhode Island), my family was living in Washington, D.C.

I married young. I had just turned nineteen - just finished my sophomore year in college - when I married a Naval officer and continued the odyssey that military life requires. California. Connecticut (a daughter born there). Florida (a son). South Carolina. Finally Cambridge, Massachusetts, when my husband left the service and entered Harvard Law School (another daughter; another son) and then to Maine - by now with four children under the age of five in tow. My children grew up in Maine. So did I. I returned to college at the University of Southern Maine, got my degree, went to graduate school, and finally began to write professionally, the thing I had dreamed of doing since those childhood years when I had endlessly scribbled stories and poems in notebooks.

After my marriage ended in 1977, when I was forty, I settled into the life I have lived ever since. Today I am back in Cambridge, Massachusetts, living and writing in a house dominated by a very shaggy Tibetan Terrier named Bandit. For a change of scenery Martin and I spend time in Maine, where we have an old (it was built in 1768!) farmhouse on top of a hill. In Maine I garden, feed birds, entertain friends, and read...

My books have varied in content and style. Yet it seems that all of them deal, essentially, with the same general theme: the importance of human connections. A Summer to Die, my first book, was a highly fictionalized retelling of the early death of my sister, and of the effect of such a loss on a family. Number the Stars, set in a different culture and era, tells the same story: that of the role that we humans play in the lives of our fellow beings.

The Giver - and Gathering Blue, and the newest in the trilogy: Messenger - take place against the background of very different cultures and times. Though all three are broader in scope than my earlier books, they nonetheless speak to the same concern: the vital need of people to be aware of their interdependence, not only with each other, but with the world and its environment.

My older son was a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force. His death in the cockpit of a warplane tore away a piece of my world. But it left me, too, with a wish to honor him by joining the many others trying to find a way to end conflict on this very fragile earth.
I am a grandmother now. For my own grandchildren - and for all those of their generation - I try, through writing, to convey my passionate awareness that we live intertwined on this planet and that our future depends upon our caring more, and doing more, for one another."


  1. I've not read this book by Lowry! I think I've grown out of this type of fiction. Glad you enjoyed it, Katiria!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. Thank you for stopping by my blog Alyssa! :)

  2. This was one of my favorite books when I was a kid. I’m glad you liked it.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. I really loved and enjoyed the giver quartet they all were really amazing books! Thank you for stopping by my blog. :)