My rating- B
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
As she did in The Giver, Lowry challenges readers to imagine what our world could become, and what will be considered valuable. Every reader will be taken by Kira’s plight and will long ponder her haunting world and the hope for the future.
What I liked: The primary and secondary characters were awesome. This book had vibrant characters who I immediately cared about. There were many times I did not want to put this book down.
What I didn’t like: I haven’t finished the series yet so it is possible that I will view this differently afterwards.This book comes after The Giver although at this time I do not see much of a connection between the books. But, as a stand alone work, I did not care for the ending. Kira chooses to stay and fight instead of running away with her father. That was admirable and not a bad choice. My issue was that there is no real plan laid out or anything that would convince a reader she will succeed. The Guardians in their society are brutal. There is no hint given or plan laid that lead me to believe that Kira will go up against the Guardians and that the result will be anything but her immediate death.
Also, as much as I thought the author laid out an interesting society, I didn’t feel there was much explanation about the catalyst for the changes that happened. There is no real indication of how the world went from now to a future with no technology and unimaginable cruelty. There are some vague references but nothing that was enough to satisfy me.