Review: Gathering Blue

Jun •  9 •  2014
Review: Gathering BlueGathering Blue by Lois Lowry
Published by Ember on June 9, 2014
Genres: Young Adult-Science Fiction/Dsytopian
Source: Borrowed
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In her strongest work to date, Lois Lowry once again creates a mysterious but plausible future world. It is a society ruled by savagery and deceit that shuns and discards the weak. Left orphaned and physically flawed, young Kira faces a frightening, uncertain future. Blessed with an almost magical talent that keeps her alive, she struggles with ever broadening responsibilities in her quest for truth, discovering things that will change her life forever.

I was blown away with Lowry’s first book The Giver and I started have these feels before I had even picked up the second book. I was not sure what was going to happen, where she was going to go with it, and if I was going to be satisfied or not.

Although Gathering Blue is in a series, it can be read as a standalone. I have to admit that I was really shocked when I found out that this was a total different story. I was expecting to see Jonas and Gabe and see what happened to them, however, this was not the case. This was a different story, with a different plot line, but the same governmental control.

Kira was such a strong female character. She is born with a physical disability and with that she is segregated from society. People want her to die but the government has other plans for her. They take her in, give her a new home but with all this lay secrets that will not be easy to hear.

Lowry knows how to write cliffhangers. The ending was so much and I need to know what happens with Kira, Jonas, and Gabe. I am now wondering if she does this with all her books. I am curious to see how Lois Lowry links her other two novels together with these or will this quartet be one with standalones. Lois Lowry has captured my heart once again with the spell binding book. Gathering Blue is a true phenomenon.

I give it 5 bites!




  1. Sounds wonderful! I really need to pick up that first book.

  2. Giselle
    Jun 10, 2014

    I didn’t know about this! And I suck and still haven’t read The Giver! I know, right? haha. I so have to get on that. And good to know this one is more of a stand=alone sequel.

  3. Jenny
    Jun 10, 2014

    She’s writing more books in The Giver series? I had no idea! I still have yet to read the Giver, that’s one we never had to read for school so I’ve never picked up. I fail. Must change that Chayse!

  4. Lisa (Fic Talk)
    Jun 12, 2014

    Should probably read some of this author’s books at some point. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  5. Candace
    Jun 13, 2014

    I read this author as a teen but don’t recall which books I’ve read. I’m glad this was a win!