This second novel of the series “The Giver Quartet” unravels the story of a young orphaned girl named Kira. Kira must learn to survive in a harsh society where only the fittest can thrive. After her parents are proclaimed dead, Kira is miraculously saved from certain death by a council member. The condition for her survival is that she must study embroidery in order to constantly work on a beautiful robe designated for the Singer to wear at an annual ceremony called the Gathering. She meets and befriends a young boy named Matt, whose job is to work on the wooden staff that the Singer holds. On the day of the Gathering, a shocking secret is revealed, exposing the reasons behind the jobs of Kira and Matt. This secret enables Kira to see the darker parts of human nature, and alter the course of her journey completely.
Lois Lowry’s suspenseful writing style made the novel extremely interesting and impossible to put down. However, the aspect I most enjoyed was the way that the futuristic setting of the plot combined with the distinctly unique characters created an environment completely different from the one I am familiar with. These things made the novel seem very distant and of a fantasy style, while at the same time shockingly realistic. There were few things to dislike about the book, as it was a very manageable length and the plot engaged me thoroughly.
The most memorable thing about the book was its subtle links to the other books in its series. Similarities can be seen throughout the novel that link it to Lois Lowry’s well known book “The Giver,” as well as an ending that connect it to the next book in the series, “Messenger.”
Reviewed by Lisa, grade 8, Twin Hickory Area Library