Gathering BlueBook - 2000
Kira, an orphan with a twisted leg, lives in a world where the weak are cast aside. She fears for her future until she is spared by the all-powerful Council of Guardians. Kira is a gifted weaver and is given a task that no other community member can do. While her talent keeps her alive and brings certain privileges, Kira soon realizes she is surrounded by many mysteries and secrets. No one must know of her plans to uncover the truth about her world and see what places exist beyond.
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Kira's mother has been dead for 4 years now and Kira still struggles a lot without her mother.
It was a wonderful book. It was not as good as the giver but it had me still turning the pages. It has a great connection with "The Giver." I love reading books about this utopia worlds. So lucky we don't have to live like that. Can't wait to read The Messenger.
When Kira's mother dies, Kira finds herself having to prove her worth in the community. Vandera, the scarred one, tries to have Kira banished to the Fields, but Vandera's efforts result in Kira being summoned to live and work in the Council Edifice. Kira then begins to work that her mother had done in the previous year, restoring parts of the SInger's robe, the robe that tells of the community's history, as told each year at the Gathering. But as Kira works to learn the dyes and restore the robe, she begins to make connections between herself and the other children who also live in the Council Edifice.
**Christopher returns as Kira's father; now blind, wounded by Jamison, Kira's defender, Christopher affirms that their are no beasts, Christopher brings "blue" to Kira
**Matt returns with Christopher to his community, Kira stays behind.
In a dis-Utopian society were perfection is essential; recently orphaned Kira with a crippled leg has slim chance of survival. The Council seems to have other plans involving her gift in weaving. In a world filled with greed, anger, and poverty; Kira has to find a way to get out while still managing to save her friends.
Other: Mention of leaving people - including children - "out for the beasts". Casual slapping of children. May be disturbing to younger readers.
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