Dystopia (Teen), YA Fiction

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

Since this sequel gives no hints at all, I have no problem writing about it and not giving a gap between this and the giver, its prequel.

This story is also set in a dystopic future but this time, it takes place in a village. Kira lives here with her mother, Katrina, who is known for her sewing and dyeing abilities. Every year, it is her mother who fixes the stitches of the Singer’s robes. But when Katrina dies, the villagers decide to get rid of Kira who they deem as “useless” on account of her lame leg. When taken to the Council to decide her fate, the Council Elders recognize her natural gift at sewing and decide to keep her housed at the Council so that she can work on the Singer’s robe. She is also given the task of learning how to make her own dyes, an art that she will learn from Annabella, a wise old woman who lives in a secluded part of the forest. As Kira takes on her new role, she starts to wonder about the strange situation that has led her here. Maybe there is more to all of this than meets the eye…

Although this book has almost no connection to the world described in The Giver, it still depicts the theme of dystopian. You can say that it shows a different side to it; in this world, feelings are encouraged (especially fear) whereas in The Giver, no one is to truly feel anything. I also like the fact that this book is written from a female perspective; however, since in both cases the main characters were children, it still has that feeling of being disturbing. All in all, it is a good read and shouldn’t be passed up!

If you liked The Giver, you will definitely like this so add this to your reading list ASAP!

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