From Amazon :
The fascinating sequel to THE GIVER which inspired the dystopian genre.
GATHERING BLUE is a return to the mysterious but plausible future world of The Giver. It tells the story of Kira, orphaned, physically flawed, and left with an uncertain future until she is summoned by the Council of Guardians…
On her quest for truth that follows, Kira makes discoveries that will change her life and world forever.
Award-winning author Lois Lowry challenges readers to imagine what our world could become, how people could evolve and what could be considered valuable. Much as we are being challenged with it now, tbh
Well written and well worth a read.
Lois Lowry was another author that I adored as a child with her series about Anastasia Krupnik. I hadn't realised that she was also a winner of the Newbury Medal (the American equivalent of the Carnegie Medal - judged by Librarians) in 1994 for this book, The Giver. It's completely different to her other books, and I honestly couldn't tell you if I'd read it when I was still at school.
This is science fiction for younger readers, so some of the themes aren't as developed as they might be in a full blown adult sci-fi. This may be a deal breaker for some adult readers, but it really shouldn't affect it's intended audience (compare to Stephenie Meyer or J K Rowling!) or those willing to suspend a bit of belief.
I can see why it earned it's Newbury medal - it's well written but easy to read, it's certainly delivers on developing the reader and giving a lasting experience from the book.
It's also been done many times since in YA fiction - clearly the greatest form of flattery!