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Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

Review by Caleyna

For those who don't know, Lois Lowry is a popular Young Adult author, creator of Anastasia (my fave character when I was 13) and winner of a Newberry Award for The Giver.

Gathering Blue follows in the futuristic tradition of The Giver. Young Kira is a recently orphaned cripple. Her neighbors want to kill her just so they can have the land her house lies on, but The Council has other plans for the girl.

As Kira begins to learn the history of her people, she finds out what the power of friendship means in this land were niceness is a foreign concept. Eventually she learns a shocking secret about her own family that totally tilts her view of the world.

Though the book is set in the future, it is almost like a fantasy book b/c the world has been almost totally destoryed by "The Ruin". People are living in mud huts, using the river as a bathtub, and hunting food instead of raising it. In a strange juxtapostion, Kira moves into the Great Edifice, a remnant of our present times. She has indoor plumbing, good food, and a bed not made of hay. I don't really understand why the people don't investigate the indoor plumbing and figure out how to install it in every household.

I know I usually rate books pretty high or pretty low. I just am the type of personality who either loves a book or hates it. In keeping with that tradition, I'll give this book 4.5 our of 5 amulets. I read this book in just two sittings, devouring each page. I loved Kira, the main character, and her two friends. I wanted to find out more about this society, and thought Lowry did a good job putting hints of our present in their future. My only complaint is that it is too short! I could have read a lot more of Kira's story and really enjoyed it.

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