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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: Gathering Blue

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn't give away too much. You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!

I'm finally off the anthologies. A long time ago, I read Lois Lowry's The Giver, a jarring dystopian story about what our world could become if we let someone else make all of our decisions for the sake of equality. Most people I've talked to, read the book in high school so they spent weeks analyzing every chapter and writing papers so they don't necessarily have a positive perspective. I didn't read it then and I was itching to rant calmly share my thoughts. Even made my parents read it so I'd have someone else to discuss the book with. When I read that the author had written two more books along the same lines, I immediately added them to my TBR list. Gathering Blue is the second book and, so far, almost completely different than the first one. In fact, I'm not sure how they tie together. Kira is a young girl, disabled from birth but with a surprising talent for needlework, that suddenly becomes orphan and must prove herself valuable to the primitive community, where everyone contributes for the greater good.

Here's the Teaser:
" 'One day my daughter will be able to do this.' Katrina had said one year to the guardian. 'Look what she has done!' she said and showed him the scrap the Kira had just completed, the one that had composed itself so magically in her fingers."
- pg 42, Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
What are you reading?


Janell said...

That's a book I read a year or two ago on merit that it was a sequel to "The Giver." If I recall rightly eventually some of the same themes as "The Giver" begin to emerge, there's a slight nod towards the original central character, but otherwise there's not a lot of tie-in. I recall shelving it figuring I'd need a second read before making a firm call on it.

Christine Rains said...

The Giver was a fantastic book. I didn't know she had written anything else. Thanks for sharing! I'll have to add those to my TBR list as well.

Miss Angie said...

Wow, Lois Lowry, haven't seen a book by her in a while-it reminds me of my childhood!

That looks really good-I'll have to check it out.

TBM said...

Love the teaser. And the cover is great.

Here's mine:


Claire said...

Great teaser :)

Thank you for stopping by my blog, you have a new follower now too!


Jennifer said...

I am adding this one to my list.
My TT: http://www.rundpinne.com/2011/08/teaser-tuesdays-picking-bones-from-ash.html

Cristina said...

I think the tie in is different from what you are looking for. Maybe it is in the value of a person with their contribution to community and the community perception of that value. That theme seems to run in both the books. In my opinion she is tying the theme rather than the characters/place. What are your thoughts on that?
That was an excellent choice. i really enjoyed it. So happy you stopped by. I am following you.


barmybex said...

Thanks for visiting my blog.
I haven't heard of this one but sounds good.

Fireflywishes said...

That sounds like quite a serious book. I've never read The Giver before, I keep meaning too since I've heard such great things, but never seem to work it into my reading. That would be a difficult situation - to have to prove yourself worthy and be able to contribute something to the greater good - for it would be in other people's eyes to judge..

April @ My Shelf Confessions: Teaser Tuesday

Charla said...

Such a great teaser! here is mine http://booktalkswithcharla.blogspot.com I am a new follower, please stop by my blog if you can!

Rebecca said...

I have to say that I love the sound of this book. I might have to take a closer look at it! Great pick!

My teaser can be found here! It's from a book I just finished today and absolutely loved!

~Sara @ Just Another Story said...

Thanks for stopping by the blog.
The Giver has been on my list of books to read for a while. I never had the chance to read it when I was in school. It'll be interesting to find out how the two tie together.

Jackie's Little World said...

These sound like something I would really enjoy reading. I haven't heard of this author. I'm going to have to check these out!
Thanks for stopping by my blog :-)

elesa said...

i always want to unofficially join you on this, but the book i'm reading is upstairs by my bed and I just can't bring myself to go all the way up there to get it. So here is one from one of the books that IS on my desk:

"To remove old grease, first soak it up with kitty litter, sand or sawdust. Sweep it up and then pour enough coke over the stain to cover it."

Whet your appetite, right? I am actually gonna have to finish this section because now I'm intrigued.

I'll be interested to hear your thoughts when you are done with Gathering Blue, and also the third book, whose title I can't remember.

Lindsey said...

I have read all 3 books (The Giver, Gathering Blue, and Messenger), and NOW love them!!! At first I loved The Giver and didn't like Gathering Blue. I never saw the tie in with The Giver. It wasn't until I read the 3rd one (Messenger) that I ended up liking Gathering Blue. Messenger ties everything together. So definitely wait until reading Messenger to draw conclusions. So good!

Mary said...

I also just got the 2 companion books too! But sadly, I'm currently reading ACLS Resource Text...while educational, not much fun.

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