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3.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 5 3.57 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lois Lowry Narrator: Katherine Borowitz Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Giver Quartet Release Date: July 2008 ISBN: 9780739379806
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Lois Lowry’s Gathering Blue continues the quartet beginning with the quintessential dystopian novel, The Giver, followed by Messenger and Son.

Kira, an orphan with a twisted leg, lives in a world where the weak are cast aside. She fears for her future until she is spared by the all-powerful Council of Guardians. Kira is a gifted weaver and is given a task that no other community member can do. While her talent keeps her alive and brings certain privileges, Kira soon realizes she is surrounded by many mysteries and secrets. No one must know of her plans to uncover the truth about her world and see what places exist beyond.


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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lowry is a master at creating worlds, both real and imagined, and this incarnation of our civilization some time in the future is one of her strongest creations.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • Lowry returns to the metaphorical future world of her Newbery-winning The Giver to explore the notion of foul reality disguised as fair. . . . Readers will find plenty of material for thought and discussion here. . . . A top writer, in top form. Kirkus Reviews, Starred
  • Lowry has once again created a fully realized world full of drama, suspense, and even humor. Readers won’t forget these memorable characters or their struggles in an inhospitable world. School Library Journal, Starred
  • A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justine | 2/16/2014

    " I thought it was pretty good. Definitely not as good as the first one, The Giver, but kept me interested throughout. A good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Petts | 2/15/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't stop reading, I needed to know what new surprise this world held. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cami | 2/8/2014

    " Kira, an orphan with a handicapped leg is chosen by the Grand Council for her gift of embroidery. The merciless authorities carry their own secrets and suffocate her creativity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gerson Cordero Rubio | 2/6/2014

    " After seeing so many reviews that stating they were dissatisfied with the book seeing it as "The Giver #2", I find that i was lucky enough to have read it NOT KNOWING it was a continuation of sorts to the Giver. I read Gathering Blue as a one off book that was in the same universe as the giver, (not until the third book did i realize it was a #2 but i digress). The Plight, if it can be called that, of Kira being "disfigured" and because of her defect she was looked down upon really made me feel for her. I've always been the kind of guy that didn't judge a girl by how she looks but by her character. In fact Kira reminded me of one of the first girls i ever truly fell in love with who has cerebral palsy, but fell head over heals for her because of her character and kindness, and the same happened with the character of Kira. Being put into this cultural standing but still being able to have these little joys and a kind of motherly love for this orphan really touched me and made me in a way love the character and root for her in the situation. I can understand that in the light of the giver it does not stand up right, pardon the pun, as a great book but taking it for what it is, it is a wondering story, if not a little short, but still marvelous and enchanting and at points where you really Feel all the feels for this girl. I personally could not help but fall in love with this book and read it over again. To each their own i guess :) . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jewell | 1/25/2014

    " This was a reread for me in preparation for reading The Son. I did this book by audio and the reader was excellent. I enjoyed this book but not quite as much as The Giver. I enjoyed the world building and did see it as a companion to the giver more than I had the first read. Kira was an interesting character and I loved Matt. One thing that surprised me though was how abruptly it ended. I hadn't remembered that. Now I am anxious to read the last two in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katelyn | 1/25/2014

    " As a stand alone book, I thought it was kind of meh. Very predictable plot but I always like to see children, especially women, at the helm to figure out what is going on and to bring about good. This is only very loosely tied to The Giver but I think that is what saves it. I recently saw Lowry speak and she said at one point that Jonas is named but her editor suggested changing that to refer to a boy with blue eyes. I think that was a good suggestion. I tend to get burnt out on a series but I am looking forward to Messenger. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca Carlsen | 1/20/2014

    " "Gathering Blue" by Lois Lowry is a companion book to her better known "The Giver". It is set in the same time-frame but in a different place, one where the people have regressed instead of becoming more technologically advanced. The main character is Kira, a crippled teenaged girl who has just lost her mother. After an altercation with a cruel village woman she is given the job of restoring a special ceremonial robe, as she is a talented at embroidery, and goes to live in a building where she meets 2 other talented artists. She begins to doubt everything she has ever known.... It was okay, but not brilliant. It was a childrens' book, which I often enjoy, but it didn't seem terribly original to me. I really loved "The Giver" but this one just seemed lacking. The "surprises" weren't surprising, the "twists" were predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Olga | 1/19/2014

    " Nothing will ever replace my love for the Giver, but this story is beautiful - you feel Kira's struggles acutely. The secrets and strangeness of Kira's village aren't totally resolved until the next book, but it's also great as a stand-alone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vangel Creation | 1/11/2014

    " Not as good as The Giver. It is slow, maybe the next is better (the messenger), the sequel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John Walkenford | 1/10/2014

    " It was a quick interesting read but there were no real surprises and it felt unresolved at the end. There was only one real superficial connection to The Giver. Maybe it will tie together in book 3? I'll give it a try. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Russell | 1/8/2014

    " The story is good. Not as good as "The Giver" but that is a hard book to live up to. These stories make me feel much more fortunate to live in a society like ours. This novel could have been longer and more detailed. It really is a good beginning to a story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tabata | 12/5/2013

    " Al solito, non sono particolarmente entusiasta. Come nel primo, mi sembra che manchi qualcosa e i finali aperti in questo modo mi irritano soltanto. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trinity White | 11/15/2013

    " Good book but nothing good happens til chapter 20 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 9/10/2013

    " Enjoyed this, but not as much as The Giver. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zer | 8/13/2013

    " As good as the Giver and full of surprises! Loved the twist! A must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luke | 7/6/2013

    " one society progressed, the other regressed i believe they wil clash in the third "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liza | 3/22/2013

    " I liked it okay... The Giver was so much better, though... Not sure if I'll get around to reading the other two. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karie Lee | 8/31/2012

    " What a wonderful companion to The Giver. Yet another society that cannot handle "weakness" well. However, this community handles it so much different than Jonas' community. Truly a must-read for every young adult. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela Courtney | 5/26/2012

    " I enjoyed this one as much as the first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marsha Wiese | 2/6/2012

    " I felt like I did after reading The Giver. Gathering Blue is an important book that should be read by many. The message of the book that needs to be thought about by all who are concerned about the fate of this world and its people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mehgan Ball | 8/17/2011

    " Part of "The Giver" series. just as amazing as "The Giver" :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maeve | 5/23/2011

    " I loved this book and I would reccomed it to any young adult. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 5/17/2011

    " This book didn't continue with the first book like I had hoped, but still a really good read! I think after reading these I will be able to take on the Hunger Games! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mercedes | 5/15/2011

    " This book was so dreadful. God, I can't even. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauren | 5/14/2011

    " Lacked the depth and resonance of The Giver. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 5/10/2011

    " Easy, fun read. Love these fantasy society stories! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Iskreads | 5/9/2011

    " I absolutely loved this book. Don't get me wrong, the Giver was a little better, but this was a great book. I felt the story was very interesting, and cool! I really liked it! Must-Read.

    MAGGIE B. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tatanja | 5/9/2011

    " Great book for kids in 8th or 9th grade.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abdurhman | 5/7/2011

    " Really good book, I liked the Giver sieres it was exiting and fun to read ..! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susie | 5/4/2011

    " I guess I'm on a Lois Lowry kick but this book was great! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chantelle | 5/2/2011

    " I loved this book. It was my favorite in the series Giver, Gathering Blue, and Messanger. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 5/2/2011

    " very nice story. i liked it alot although i still find that ths Giver was better. but all in all it was very intruiging and gave a realistic point of vue on the future of our society. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Whitney | 4/27/2011

    " Definitely not as good as The Giver. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 bookishblonde | 4/26/2011

    " I really recommend reading all 3 "companion novels." They make a nice triptych examining dangerous trends in society, as set in 3 different post-apocalyptic villages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 4/26/2011

    " Mysterious. Regressed society of the future...interesting. I enjoyed the book, but the end left me unsatisfied. It didn't seem like an ending at all really. There is another book in this somewhat of a series. I might read it someday. "

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About the Author
Author Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry has written many books beloved by children and adults alike. From the popular Anastasia Krupnik series to her bestselling novel The Giver, her books have garnered dozens of national, international, and state honors and awards, including two Newbery Medals.

About the Narrator

Katherine Borowitz completed her fist audiobook in 1999 when she narrated Maeve Binchy’s Tara Road. Since then she has gone on to narrate several books by mystery writer Kathy Reichs, including Death Du Jour and Deadly Decisions, which won an Earphones Award. She is also an accomplished actress who has appeared in films such as The Man Who Wasn’t There, Internal Affairs, and A Serious Man