“Gathering Blue” is a children’s book, to answer the question off the bat, written by Lois Lowry. I read “The Giver” sometime in my education, and just last week read “The Messenger”. If anyone is not aware, there are several books revolving around the world that Lois Lowry creates in her book “The Giver”. Messenger far surpassed my expectations. A children’s book, yes, but it had one of those timeless aspects that even adults can enjoy. A well-written story to boot and so I ran off to Borders and bought the next book. I wanted to read ‘Gossamer’ but ended up with “Gathering Blue” as it was the only one available. And just finishing it, I will have to say that I am rather dissapointed. The most tragic flaw I see in this story is that there is not much of a conclusion. While it does run into the story in “The Messenger”, it does not provide a well-written background to the book. The characters are barely thrown together and the story is not even resolved. Kira stays with the town that is sick, but there is no apparent solution except that she thinks that she will be able to help heal the town. How she is going to do it is never told. The book is supposed to be about pain and how to be strong, but this theme is never well developed nor explored, even for a children’s book it should be thought about some by the main character (especially as this is written for upper elementary children), it is just stated “Pain hurts, but it can also be your strength.”
Check out this website, The Friday Project. Its the first online publishing company and it has some great books and media. I am already in the middle of “Blood Sweat and Tea” written by an EMT in London who just shares his experiences. Well-written and down to life, I now feel like I just have a small sliver of a picture of his life. Not meant to be much of anything profound, but a sharing of experience and his views on helping people in London.