Monday, January 23
Book Review: Gathering Blue
Author: Lois Lowry
Pages: EBook (139)
Summary: Kira, an orphan with a twisted leg, lives in a world where the weak are cast aside. When she is given a task that no other community member can carry out, Kira soon realizes that she is surrounded by many mysteries and secrets. No one must know of her plans to uncover the truth about her world—and to find out what exists beyond it.
My Rating: 7.5/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: It's been a while since I read the first book in the trilogy, but it was a childhood favourite and I've been wanting to find out what happens next for years. While I didn't get the answers I was looking for, I still found the book to be enjoyable.
This story takes place in a different village than the one we saw in the Giver, but it has similarities. The book follows Kira a young girl, with a gimp leg in a society were imperfections causes you to be an outcast and usually put to death. Kira has a talent in needle work, that has some sort of magical realism element to it, although it's never really explained what that is or how it works, you do find out, it's more than just a talent, but something bigger - which is why the guardians want her.
Because it's a dystopian story, you quickly learn, the downside to Kira's new life and she quickly learns the dark secrets her village has been keeping. There's a small twist to the story, involving Matt. Although it was a bit cliché and I was expecting it, it did work for the story, and it help set things in motion for the next book. Despite the quick and sudden ending, I thought it ended well and worked for the book, especially considering many of those questions are answered in the next book.
Characterization was well done. It's hard to compare development and depth of characters to what I am used to, as this is a children's book, but the author does do a good job at creating her characters for a young audience. Writing is also well done for the audience level the book is aimed at. I did find a lot of explanations and revelations to be very vague, although I can see why the author chose to gloss over some things due to the age of the intended audience, I wish things were better explained. But overall it was a good companion book to the first.
Would I recommend it to read: I would, the first book in the series was a childhood favourite, and this was a fairly good fallow-up to it. It's also a good choice for young readers - especially if they are interested in fantasy, magical realism or dystopian/utopian.
What to read next: The Giver and Messenger Books 1 and 3 in the trilogy, The Chrysalids.
Challenges: 12 in 12, 100+ Challenge, Alphabet Challenge, EBook Challenge, Speculative Fiction Challenge