Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

Gathering Blue Lois Lowry

This is a short novel for teens set in a society at a different time from our own. It is probably in the future, but it could just be in another dimension. I do not think it matters too much when or where it is set, the theme is human nature and how a society can be set up to benefit it’s stronger citizens by removing it’s weaker ones. It is a follow-on from her novel “The Giver” whilst being an entirely different society and characters.

Unlike the one in “The Giver” this society is clearly quite awful from the very beginning. The sick and disabled are shunned or just disposed of, and it’s every person for themselves. Our hero, Kira, has a deformed leg, and her neighbours attempt to cast her out. Luckily for her, she has a special skill and is saved from this fate.

As the story goes on Kira learns more about the Council who rules her society and she is shocked and disappointed by the lies covering the cruelty. It would probably be quite thought-provoking for a teen, but my feelings for this one are similar to my feelings about The Giver. It is not too challenging and I know from my youth that a teen can deal with some Aldous Huxley or George Orwell and have their brains exercised a little harder.

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