Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Gathering Blue, by Lois Lowry, 2000
When Kira's mother dies, the village women take over her cot as a plot of land for a pen for tykes and chickens, and threaten to stone her, since she's handicapped and unfit to live. The village Guardians intervene and assign her to live in relative luxury inside the Council Edifice, which has furnished rooms and even hot water, and her only job is needlework, her one great skill. Another Lowry dystopia of uncertain ending, pitting brave if bewildered young people against a repressive society. Matt, Kira's sidekick, is much more interesting and active than Kira; the novel lacks action and drama. Still, Lowry's fans will enjoy it.