Paperbackswap.com allowed me to go ahead and get the second book in the trio that follows The Giver, which is Lois Lowry’s Gathering Blue. Right from the very beginning of the book I was hooked! It’s a similar storyline as The Giver, but it’s set outside of the boundary of the Utopia in the first story. The people are more primitive but tell a more complete story of the past hinted at in The Giver, where there were tall buildings and wars.
The story opens with the mourning of the death of Kira’s mother and the revealing of Kira’s bum leg and why it is so looked down on in her community. Thankfully, Kira has a special talent that no one else in the community posesses – she can embroider in such a way that her talents are sought after by the community leaders to repair and embellish ‘the singer’s robe’. The singer participates in a once a year ceremony, the Ruin Song Gathering, that recounts their world’s past. The robe is embroidered with the tales from the song. As with the Giver’s storyline, Kira finds some things oddly amiss in her society. Why do the ones with talents sought after by the council suddenly have both parents disappear or die? Why does the community fear the ‘beasts’ in the woods? These are questions that you’re left lingering on once the book has finished. The Messanger will surely pick up with Kira’s little friend Matt and his dog, Branch, as the messanger between their village and another. I’m anxious to start reading the final book in this trilogy but I’m determined to wait patiently until it’s available on paperbackswap, so I don’t have to pay for it. 🙂 Great book and quick read – highly recommended especially if you enjoyed The Giver! 8.5/10