“In her strongest work to date, Lois Lowry once again creates a mysterious but plausible future world. It is a society ruled by savagery and deceit that shuns and discards the weak. Left orphaned and physically flawed, young Kira faces a frightening, uncertain future. Blessed with an almost magical talent that keeps her alive, she struggles with ever broadening responsibilities in her quest for truth, discovering things that will change her life forever.” -GoodReads
I loved this book almost as much as the Giver! I’m falling in love with Lowry’s books one by one! Kira’s connection to her embroidery art is touching and mysterious. It really sparked my interest from the beginning. I loved seeing her growing into her art, and discovering what it means to be an artist. The responsibility of art can be a heavy burden or a joy, and Kira has to make decisions, hard choices, about how to live with that and make it her own. She meets every new circumstance with a quiet strength and calm demeanor, no matter how her insides might be rolling panic. I really admired that about her.
I loved Kira’s friendships with Matt and Thomas. Those three are quite the trio, and they each bring some different aspect to the story and to the dynamic of the friendship. Matt with his laughter and compassion, and serious Thomas with his brain puzzling through everything; they are all described so delightfully that they feel like real people!
The poor village setting is not at all what I expected after reading The Giver. But this world of hard knocks has its own charm, its own dangers and adventures, and its own mysteries to be discovered. In my head, I’m trying to fathom how this village connects with the cities in The Giver.
I’m beginning to expect Lois Lowry to write an unsatisfactory ending with all kinds of loose ends hanging out. There aren’t any happily ever afters. It just ends, with some resolution, yes, but not nearly enough for me. I need everything tied up in a neat little bow at the end, and Lowry does not write that way. I can appreciate the artistic side of it though. It makes an impact, that’s for sure!
As always, Lowry’s writing style is impeccable. It’s easy to read, but addresses deep themes that require careful thought from the reader. The writing is forceful, but never preachy. The pacing is perfect, with each chapter… each idea flowing into the next. Details are drawn out, but the descriptions stay concise. No words are wasted.
I can’t wait to read the rest of this beautiful quartet!