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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, how people could evolve, and what could 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.
Audio Cassette
Published on October 24, 2000 by Listening Library
ISBN-10: 0807261505
ISBN-13: 9780807261507
29 Book Reviews
  • sunnyf
    sunnyfSunday, January 10, 2016 at 11:37 am44 stars
    “Take pride in your pain,” Kira had always kept what her mother told her in mind. She became orphaned after her mom died and was born with a twisted leg, which decreased her value in the civilization she lived. When she was likely to face death, but the Council of Guardians gave her an admirable role because of her magical talents of weaving. This book could be easily understood yet is deep and inspirational. Kira is totally a role model to me. She faced her pain with bravery and pride, just like what her mother told her to. Days had been tough to her even though she had a special job. She later found out there are secrets hidden behind everything that seemed to be perfect. I deeply esteem her since I think she changed, grew, and became independent especially when there was such a dramatic change in her life. Through the story, Matt is someone I appreciate a lot, too. He showed and defined friendship, because he offered Kira help when no one was there to give her a hand while she was struggling through a life that seemed to be more uncertain and frightening than an actual nightmare. I really enjoyed it and was touched.
    • DolphinLover27Monday, March 2, 2015 at 10:55 am
      This book is an amazing example of courage, and that you should never let anything break you down!
      • emmy17
        emmy17Monday, February 23, 2015 at 11:36 am44 starsFeatured
        Such a wonderful and encouraging story but its so sad! This book has the same "dystopia" theme as did The Giver. I loved this book but it kinda depressed me therefore I have to take off at least one star...
        • analise
          analiseSaturday, December 20, 2014 at 12:15 pm
          I like Kira, she is my favorite character, She doesn't let her cripple get to her and overcomes adversity. But, really, a hand power?
          • readingboss
            readingbossFriday, December 12, 2014 at 10:13 am
            What i liked about Gathering blue is that the author wrote a detailed book about the world that Kira lives in and it is like the giver a bit.
            • weirdo2468
              weirdo2468Monday, November 3, 2014 at 10:59 am55 stars
              Talented but crippled weaver, Kira, has now become an orphan. She now has a job of repairing and adding new patterns to the Singer's robe. But where would she find blue dye?
              • gokuandme
                gokuandmeMonday, October 27, 2014 at 7:46 am55 stars
                i saw the movie on oct 21 on a fild trap
                • mchoverbord
                  mchoverbordTuesday, September 30, 2014 at 7:03 pm55 starsFeatured
                  Gathering Blue is one of my favorite books. Its sad, happy and gruesome. But my favorite aspect about this book is that you really connect with the main character and her feelings. I strongly recommend this book even though It dose not really connect with its sequel or its prequel.
                  • storygirl101
                    storygirl101Friday, September 5, 2014 at 1:49 pm55 stars
                    Gathering Blue is about a girl named Kira who is in an alternate future than Jonas's in The Giver. The Giver is about a future of technology, Gathering Blue is a future Native American style.
                    • jazzyhands
                      jazzyhandsSaturday, July 19, 2014 at 4:57 pm55 stars
                      DYSTOPIA/UTOPIA BOOK! You can never go wrong with that. Gathering Blue doesn't seem like the Giver 2, but it is. This book leads you into the next book, called MESSENGER.