Lois Lowry's conclusion to The Giver contains so much meaning in its one word title. As I was reading I found the word cycling in my brain. It is the pulse that beats beneath the pages.
was pretty much story perfection. When I finished it, I was torn. I wanted to find out more about Jonas and Gabe but read mixed reviews about the other two books in the series. In the end, I chose to read both Gathering Blue
in hope of catching glimpses of Jonas and baby Gabe, to feel more resolution. Instead the stories seemed darker and left me feeling frustrated and bereft. Part of me wished I had stopped after The Giver and left the rest to imagination.
does what I dreamed the other two books would. It makes the journey through the middle books worth the ride. It threads hope and goodness through the darkness. When I read the last word, I closed the cover. Satisfied.