this book comes with the tag "a companion to 'the giver'." growing up, 'the giver' was one of the few books (if not only one) i can say i read and thoroughly enjoyed, and when i reread it a couple years ago, i was not disappointed in the least. it still held the intrigue and magic that i once experienced so many years ago. so it was with great expectations that i took up 'gathering blue'. i can't say that i didn't enjoy it or was let down, but it definitely paled in comparison to its "companion". a nice, easy read, perfect for young readers, that showed me a new world and led me to some new, interesting ideas.
i must admit i was not a huge fan of the story's ending, but it seems lowry has an affinity for unique endings. 'the giver' at least left me with some type of closure. whether you believed the young man and baby survived in the end or not, at least something of worth was accomplished. 'gathering blue' left me with the feeling that nothing had changed in the end and, quite possibly, not even a lesson was learned. our heroine had gained some new knowledge and insight, but she seemed content to do nothing about it. i believe very little is worse than knowledge unheeded and ignored.