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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. With astonishing originality, Lowry has again created a vivid and unforgettable setting for this thrilling story that raises profound questions about the mystery of art, the importance of memory, and the centrality of love. (Ages 10 and older) --Patty Campbell
I really enjoyed that the story of the Giver was transformed to bring in another society going through the same challenges of the post-apocalyptic world in such a drastically... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Jason Hinds
I think I like this book because I knew there was 2 more to come. I would have been so disappointed if this had been a stand alone book. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Midnitestork
I read the giver as a teenager and loved it. Gathering blue is another phenomenal read by a very talented author that gives even more insight to a detailed interesting futuristic... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Kindle Customer
I find that I cannot put the books down until I've finished them. I'm really hoping that in the end I will see and understand their connection to one another. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amy Hawkins
My son wanted me to read The Giver and I'm loving all of the books so far. One more to go!! Great young adult books and my son loves them too. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Catherine Hartline
I am 9 months pregnant and my amazing husband has started a habit of reading to me before bed because it puts the baby to sleep hearing his voice! Read morePublished 7 days ago by GlitterBug
I would HIGHLY recommend this story! I love any story that has a strong female lead. This quartet is one of my all time favorite series...it will stay with me for a long time.Published 7 days ago by dlavalleur
Sucked in a good way if you were actually wondering about what I thought about the book. Just saying duhPublished 7 days ago by bob
I enjoyed this book because it shared a similar story as that of the giver. Only in a more rural society with superstitions, instead of a city and "programs". Read morePublished 9 days ago by Mickey Bobella