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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (44,614 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:
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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.

As she did in The Giver, Lowry challenges readers to imagine what our world could become, how people could evolve, and what could be considered valuable. Every reader will be taken by Kira’s plight and will long ponder her haunting world and the hope for the future.

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  • “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.”

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 :) . "

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