Gathering Blue: The Giver, Book 2

Book review by Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Captivating quest tale pits gifted girl against brutal odds.

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 49 reviews

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age 12+

Great Book but it is important to follow the series

Gathering Blue is the second book in the Giver Series, 4 total, The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger and Son. Gathering Blue is vital to tying them all together, even though it is not something you realize until you start reading the other books. At the end of Gathering Blue the connection to The Giver is revealed and the connections just contiue and all tie together by the end of the last book Son. I especially loved Gathering Blue for Matt. He is such a well written character and you can all but hear his voice coming out of the pages, he is adorable. You just fall in love with him. It is not a hard to follow story. Much like The Giver, it takes place in a post-apocalyptic type society, however the main difference being, instead of an Utopian Society it is a Dystopian Society. Lois Lowery, in the first two books is setting up that pain and compassion are vital to maintain balance, that both must exist in order for society to function. Throughout, The Giver, there is no pain, no hunger, but also no feeling or life. Its all more robotic and controlled. Gathering Blue is the exact opposite; there is a lot of pain, suffering, hunger, and lack of empathy. You have to view The Giver and Gathering Blue as two entirely separate books it isn't until you read Messenger and Son, that they tie them altogether and start to repair the delicate balance in their world. Keep reading, the way they are tied together is so worth it.

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Too much violence
age 11+

A good book

It follows a girl named Kira. In Kira's mind, her damaged leg should have haunted her at birth to exposure in the Field, the place where the dead, deformed or seriously injured are brought. In the story, Kira is starting to realize the horrors of her community. She becomes the Weaver, which is the person who mends the Singer's robe.Never give up is one of the themes because in this book Kira is now left all alone, with a crippled leg and everyone hates her.They were going to kill her and take her home. But, she never gave up and took it to court. Even though everyone in the town except for one person; Matt hated her. Since she never gave up they didn't kill her. On page 14 Kirs says "Stop it,those are mine!"Vamdara,a person who trying to kill her, trys to steel her flowers from the garden that her mom planted and loved. They were the only thing she had left of her moms, so she stood up for herself. She wasnt going to give up yet.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much consumerism

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