I need to let the world wide web know something:
I’m a fake fan.
Y’all know how much I talk this and that about The Giver and how it’s one of my all time favorites (please see above blog header)? Well, it was only last year I found out there were THREE OTHERS BOOKS to make up the series. I mean WHA? I’m so embarrassed at my “fandom.” So I sought to remedy it.
Reading this series later with the all books complete allowed me to fully enjoy and embrace the world Lowry created it. I can only imagine what my thoughts would have been if, after waiting nearly 10 years, grabbing Gathering Blue and wondering what in the what kind of sequel is this? But having them all at once was a definite advantage. It was a creative task Lowry took on and I enjoyed the journey. The Giver is still my favorite and holds a special place in my heart, but I’m glad I read the three other books.
Now onto the discussion part, which is code for there’s going to be all the spoilers below as I share a few thoughts about each book. To be extra safe: SPOILERS ahead!
What more can I say about this? So here’s to quotes:
“He had seen a birthday party, with one child singled out and celebrated on his day, so that now he understood the joy of being an individual, special and unique and proud. He slowed the bike again and again to look with wonder at wildflowers, to enjoy the throaty warble of a new bird nearby, or merely to watch the way wind shifted the leaves in the trees. During his twelve years in the community, he had never felt such simple moments of exquisite happiness.”
“His thoughts continued. If he had stayed, he would have starved in other ways. He would have lived a life hungry for feelings, for color, for love. And Gabriel? For Gabriel there would have been no life at all. So there had not really been a choice.”
“Take pride in your pain,” her mother said. “You are stronger than those who have none.”
I loved this quote and Kira is such a great character. Her development as a person was done really well. I really liked Matt, he was one of my favorite characters in the whole series.
Break my heart why don’t you! Poor Matty 😭😭😭. That is all.
This was a different vibe from the rest of them, but I liked seeing all the characters finally come together. Although I thought there was quite a few pages dedicated to her training and after that? Love was murdered because she didn’t end up with Einar. Couldn’t that have worked out a bit better??? Especially after the Trademaster was taken care of – oh and I also thought it was creative how he was destroyed.
I would have liked to know more of what happened to Jonas’ community after he left. What happened to all of them and maybe even a bigger picture of the world they were in, like how do these communities just ignore each other? One more thing I wanted was to get more of the in between years. Each book jumps a few years and understandably so (otherwise the series would have been much longer), but I wanted to know all the details! How did the Village change? What brought on the changes? Whatever happened to the little girl singer and other folks? I wanted to know so much more!
So yep, I enjoyed the series because they were each so different and I had no idea what to expect.
Have you read The Giver and/or the rest of the series?