This is my final book for the Dystopian Challenge.
"Kira, newly orphaned and lame from birth, is taken from the turmoil of the village to live in the grand Council Edifice because of her skill at embroidery. There she is given the task of restoring the historical pictures sewn on the robe worn at the annual Ruin Song Gathering, a solemn day-long performance of the story of their world's past. Down the hall lives Thomas the Carver, a young boy who works on the intricate symbols carved on the Singer's staff, and a tiny girl who is being trained as the next Singer. Over the three artists hovers the menace of authority, seemingly kind but suffocating to their creativity, and the dark secret at the heart of the Ruin Song."
A few years ago I read "The Giver." Since "Gathering Blue" is labeled as a companion to that one and my daughter loved it, I decided to read it. I ended up enjoying it even more .
I think that what made me like this one more was that I can relate to the society in which Kira lives where the more futuristic setting of "The Giver" was harder to envision.
My favorite character was Kira's friend Matt. He was so endearing and sweet with his mischievousness and he proves himself to be such a good friend that he is impossible not to like. I cracked up at the way he talked. I also love the ending but I won't spoil that for anyone. (4/5)