Thursday, May 31, 2007

Finished the Challenge

This is my final book for the Dystopian Challenge.

From Amazon:
"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."

My Thoughts:
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)


Michelle said...

Congratulations on finishing the challenge! Will look out for this book at the library!

Lisa said...

I'm so impressed that someone is done, I've only read one of them!

I have this from the library right now, I should get on it.

Jen Robinson said...

Congratulations on finishing your challenge. I will add, though, that if you like Matt, you might want to read The Messenger, in which he takes center stage.

Amy said...

Thanks everyone! Jen, I hope to get to The Messenger sometime this year, though I don't have a specific time right now...its in the hope-I-can-get -to-it pile!