But the author stresses the idea that artistic-gifted people can be a danger for the governing class because they have the means to touch the hearts of the people. In this, I have no idea how anything is fixed or changed. The book skips some age groups 5, and 6. What similarities do you see between the two books? That Kira discovers some deep dark secrets and resolves to make things better, and leaving it at that, doesn't cut it, not for me. I have already started book three in the series , The Messenger, and some of the secondary characters from The Gathering Blue are now Main characters in The Messenger.
Gathering Blue is a full, rich book, sparse with boring details and loaded with character and meaning. Kira has a lame leg; when she was born, the villagers wanted to leave her in the Field to die, but Katrina insisted that she keep Kira, because she recognizes that her daughter is bright and good with her hands. A mother has poisoned her child with oleander. I mean, there's a hint and it's barely a hint so I guess, it might be able to be classified as a companion novel. To view it, Is it just me, or is this book missing an ending? They also have less freedom to do what they want since they are expected to do certain things to be considered useful. I liked and admired Gathering Blue, but not enough for 4 or 5 stars. For those of you wondering if you should read The Gathering Blue to continue the series my answer is still yes, while this book is harder to get through, I can see where certain characters will play an important role in the books to come.
A lamp is lit, and love flies away. You do get the feeling that a lot more is going on i. I simply created a different kind of world, one that had regressed instead of leaping forward technologically as the world of The Giver has. However, the plot was interesting enough to keep me reading and by the end I was truly attached to all the characters. By controlling what Kira, Jo, and Thomas create, the guardians effectively control the future: they control how villagers see the rest of the world, and thus how the villagers behave.
Matt brings her a pendant that belonged to her mother; Kira decides to wear it. Gathering Blue is an incredible book. This started out okay, but I lost interest as it went on. During one hunt, Christopher explains, a rival clubbed Christopher in the head making him permanently blind , stabbed him, and left him to die in the Field of the Living. I even feel fond of Matt's resilient dog, Branch. Their elevated status, it seems, comes with a price: They may be pampered and admired, but they're not free.
Like Kira, Thomas keeps a small object he made as a tyke: a beautiful wooden carving. No, modern day America does not cast out the infirm, disabled or elderly; but we do have a way of treating them as less of a person unless they have something that we want or a knowledge that we can use. There were a lot of plot-points that were entirely too obvious and the slow pace in the secon This started out okay, but I lost interest as it went on. In this sense, the village is very sexist and misogynistic but men do not have an easy life either. Kira grows into her new life, but soon she realises that she is surrounded by a dark web of mysteries and secrets.
She was born crippled twisted leg and according to law she should have been cast out, but her mother Katrina did not let that happen. The council conveniently needs a new artist to repair the singer's robe and were willing to take Kira in when she was desperate. Her freelance work for magazine generated her first book opportunity. The draggers will take you away to the field for the beasts to get. This world is very different from the one I entered with the first book in the series. In , she intricately weaves a society wrought with poverty, where savagery, greed, and deceit prevail, and the weak are mercilessly shunned and discarded.
Then upon Katrina's strange death the start of the book , Kira found herself orphaned and faced the mercy of The Council of Guardians to determine her fate. In addition, she holds honorary degrees from The University of Southern Maine, Elmhurst College, Wilson College, St. It is learned that he is the woodworker who maintains and improves the Singer's staff, which, in turn, helps the Singer remember the history of the society as he sings the lengthy song. As I predicted, I was sorry to see the book end but was very happy with the resolution of the story. It is revealed that he had been attacked years earlier by another hunter, who was jealous of his immediate potential of being a member on the Council of the Guardians. She is found worthy of life in their society in the trial and is given the task of repairing the Singer's robe. Lowry has acknowledged that this was the most difficult day of her life, but through her steady work as an author, she has persevered.
I found it best to go into this without expectations, since I loved The Giver and knew this was supposed to be a companion novel to it, I didn't want to let my love for the previous novel make this experience less enjoyable. They had pills that suppressed feelings and passion. But plot speaking, it lost me a little from its middle till the end. To view it, The problem with this book is it doesn't seem like it's the same world as The Giver. Women can't read, it's sexist and horrible. Kira is a girl with a twisted leg who lives in a world where the weak are cast aside. Or, if you keep a framed photo of M.
Read second, Kira's story adds another dimension to Jonah's dystopian experience and promises more development and adventure. In this book, she has created a Village that is hostile to young children, ranks a person by how many syllables are in their name, and casts out damaged individuals to the Forest. Little in the sense it isn't long but there is a wonderful sense of economy with her writing, no, or very little, extraneous material. Wealth amassed by a few, while the masses live in poverty. Herbal medicine is about all they have. The Singer wears a robe embroidered with pictures of the story he sings and carries a staff with carvings of the story to help guide him through.