Rating: **** Suggested Age: 10
Summary: “Left orphaned and physically flawed in a civilization that shuns and discards the weak, Kira faces a frighteningly uncertain future. Her neighbors are hostile and no one but a small boy offers to help. When she is summoned to judgement by the Council of Guardians, Kira prepares to fight for her life. But the Council, to her surprise, has plans for her. Blessed with an almost magical talent that keeps her alive, the young girl faces new responsibilities and a set of mysteries deep within the only world she has ever known. On her quest for truth, Kira discovers things that will change her life and world forever.” (Summary found on the back of the book).
You may be surprised by my four star review on Gathering Blue, the second book in the Giver quartet. This book was a little slower and it did not have any of the same characters. Lowry set up her series so the first two books have different characters and they meet in the last two books. It was an inventive way to set up the series, but I found the characters in the second book not as interesting. The world was different and more violent. It starts with a death right away and the burning of a house. There is great moral to be learned through this story. Kids will learn that it doesn’t matter if they are different. I recommend this book to those who read The Giver, but I warn you that if you are wanting to find out what happens to the other main characters you will have to wait.