Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

Book #2 in the The Giver Quartet. This was the follow-up to her acclaimed The Giver (1993).

In fact, I’d say Blue is equally good.

I enjoyed the characters more.

And the ending was not what I had guessed.

The central character, Kira, who has a deformed leg, is orphaned and must learn to survive in a society that normally leaves the weak or disabled exposed to die in the fields.

In the course of the book, she begins to learn the art of dyeing thread to different colors except for blue, which nobody in her community knows how to make.

She also learns more about the truth of her village and the terrible secrets that they hold.

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