An intruiging follow up to The Giver,
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This review is from: Gathering Blue (The Giver Quartet) (The Quartet Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
This is a lovely book, it only hints that it's set in the same world as The Giver. I figured by the end that somehow the world at that time is divided into communities, and this is another one.
This one is in fact crueler than the society in The Giver. But more straightforward. So being ill or disabled means being left out in a field to die. However some children have gifts, similar to Jonas in The Giver, and those children are removed and looked after to exploit their gifts for the community. Girls and women are oppressed and not allowed an education.
There are some great characters in this, Kira, the main character is very interesting and engaging, and I adored Matt, the naughty little boy with the little dog, and there is a very cute little girl who sings.
Highly recommend this book.