Sunday, August 11, 2013
Book Review: Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
From Amazon: "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."
As much as I loved The Giver, to the point that it's still my favorite book, I was really disappointed reading Gathering Blue. The plot wasn't terrible, but it wasn't very exciting; no character ever quite seemed real; dialogue was meh and I never could quite understand the accents of some the characters; and I just plain old got bored and struggled to finish it. I really wanted to read the whole trilogy, along with The Messenger, but at this point, I think I'm done. I would say that it's only because I'm older now and not as entertained by middle school reading, but I re-read The Giver just a few years ago and still loved it. I don't know exactly what I was expecting, other than a lot more excitement and an actual sequel to The Giver, but this wasn't it. I probably wouldn't even recommend it to a middle schooler.