Title: Gathering Blue
Author: Lois Lowry
If you were to ask me to give a synopsis of The Giver, I would just stare at you blankly until a new topic presented itself. I honestly would not even be able to give you as much as a character’s name. The last and only time I read it was in seventh grade which wasn’t really too long ago – give or take 6 years – but my English teacher went so in depth that you would think I’d at least remember something. Nope. So I conclude that it must have been pretty horrible and therefore I was less than excited to read Gathering Blue.
The only reason I picked this up is because it’s on my summer reading list as required. It actually got voted as required by the students. I heard a lot of people that read it already saying how much they loved it. Then I read the blurb and thought ‘hmm hopefully this will be better than it’s precedent’.
This novel is about a girl named Kira who was born deformed and in her society, people scorn the weak. They are killed at birth if a deformity is detected but Kira was allowed to live on account of her mother. Unfortunately her mother is now dead and Kira has to face a trial to decide if she keeps her life or not. The verdict is in her favor but she has to leave her home and take up a job given to her by the Council of Elders for her gift of threading.
There will be spoilers in the rest of this review so if you are ever planning on reading Gathering Blue then don’t continue but if you aren’t or don’t care then by all means, read on!
So I began reading and I was maybe interested for about a page or two before it just got boring. Lowry’s writing style just was not doing it for me. There wasn’t anything special or unique about it. I was not able to hear any distinctive voice through her writing. On top of that, the main character, Kira (just reminds me of teen wolf ^.^), had no personality in my opinion. The other characters had some potential but we didn’t get to know anything about them, like Thomas for example. He could have talked a little bit about his childhood in his conversations with Kira. On another note, I was a little bit confused as to how Matt’s mother basically cast him out (mind you he’s a toddler) and allowed him to leave civilization, roam the forests far enough to find a whole new society of strangers and had no idea where her child was this entire time………………………..what kind of parenting…
In most dystopians, the societies seem pretty solid at first with some obvious flaws and then later you really see how messed up everything is. The society in Gathering Blue was plain broken to begin with. It seemed like no one really did anything much besides cook, eat, sleep, take care of their “tykes” and not go in the forests. The men would occasionally go out and hunt. Everything was rather primitive to be our future world.
I feel like this book had no resolution. Kira found her father on account of Matt and the color blue and he tells her this whole story about how he was attacked because of his status and is now blind. We find out the culprit is Jamison *gasp*. On top of that, Kira caught sight of chains around the Singer’s ankles and comes to conclusion that all the gifted people: her, Thomas, Jo and The Singer, are being held captive. She puts 2 and 2 together and deduces that the Council of Elders or most specifically Jamison may have deliberately killed her mother, Thomas’ parents and Jo’s parents. This way they would be alone and he can “adopt” them for their gifts. So instead of going back to the community of the injured where her father lives, she decides to stay. This is usually the middle point in novels where the character has a revelation and decides to fight back and the real “meat” of the story begins, right? WELL Lowry decides to end the book at this point. It just ends. Right there. Kira figures out this mass conspiracy and we have no idea what she does with it. There is no sequel to this book so we will never know if she confronted Jamison, if she started a revolt or what have you.
I just do not know what kind of ending that was BUT if you have read this book and have the same or contrasting views on it, please comment and we can talk about it. 🙂 Have a great day!