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Gathering Blue - Lois Lowry - Bogormen
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Gathering Blue - Lois Lowry
Title: Gathering Blue
Author: Lois Lowry
Genre: Dystopian, YA
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 215
Date read: October, 2009

Kira, newly orphaned and lame from birth, is taken from the turmoil of the village to live in the grand Council Edifice because of her skill at embroidery. There she is given the task of restoring the historical pictures sewn on the robe worn at the annual Ruin Song Gathering, a solemn day-long performance of the story of their world's past. Down the hall lives Thomas the Carver, a young boy who works on the intricate symbols carved on the Singer's staff, and a tiny girl who is being trained as the next Singer. Over the three artists hovers the menace of authority, seemingly kind but suffocating to their creativity, and the dark secret at the heart of the Ruin Song.

With the help of a cheerful waif called Matt and his little dog, Kira at last finds the way to the plant that will allow her to create the missing color--blue--and, symbolically, to find the courage to shape the future by following her art wherever it may lead.

I read The Giver earlier this year and absolutely loved it, so when I heard it had two companion books (Gathering Blue and Messenger), I naturally wanted to get hold of them.

I don't think it quite lived up to my expectations though. It was interesting, and I really enjoyed it, but it wasn't as mind-blowing as The Giver was. I think part of the problem was that it was presented as a companion novel, so I expected the same atmosphere as I'd found in The Giver and it just wasn't able to deliver. I think the plot was too simple in comparison.

Still, it entertained me, and I still want to get my hands on Messenger which seems to be a more direct continuation of this one than this was of The Giver.

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