Gathering Blue - Lois Lowry Oh, I'm so torn about this one. So many things that were so right with The Giver fall flat in this book. Constantly trying to figure out the subtleties of the community, the secrets at play, the overall message she's trying to give--were all better in The Giver. The questionable and undefined ending of The Giver was surprising and thought-provoking. The fact that again here the book just ENDED with no explanation was just annoying.

That said, I did enjoy seeing a different part of this depressing futuristic Earth, and I did love Kira's character.