Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

In Kira's village, anyone who can't work due to a birth defect or injury is killed. Kira was born with a twisted leg, and her mother fought and won permission to allow her to live. With her mother's death it seems Kira might be killed after all, unless she can prove to the Council of Guardians that the skills she does have are worth enough to offset those she lacks.

This interesting novel is very hard to put down! It definitely makes you think a lot about how much it makes sense for a community to try and support those who can't help themselves, and how seemingly less than useful talents sometimes need to be looked at in a different light.

The characters are very real and I admit, I got rather attached to some of them. The plot is slow-moving, but steady and interesting enough to keep your attention. The ending felt very abrupt and rushed, which was very disappointing considering the high-quality of the rest.

4 Stars

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