Kel McGowan is Kelligrafie
Last week I was reading Gathering Blue but only just got round to writing my review today.
Kira is a cripple, born into a people that pride strength and skill above all else. She had been protected by her mother, but now her mother is dead. Her father is dead and there is nobody that would fend for her. By a remarkable chance, she is called upon by the elders of the people to carry out a spectacular mission in restoring the robes of her peoples' singer. It is no small feat, requring the greatest skill is sewing, patching, repairing. The robe has been there for generations and more importantly it tells the story of the people, their victories and their falls. And their glory. But along the line, Kira starts to have doubts about the stories and the songs she has heard.
Firstly, I'm not sure if there was ever going to be a sequel, but the author's notes at the end would hint otherwise. And it's a bit of an empty ending. You expect there's going to be a great battle to undo the wrong that is definately being done. But no. You expect some sort of confrontation between, Kira, her allies and the leaders. But no. It's almost as if she's content to let the sufferings and bad things continue. It's a bit wishy washy in that respect. You want Kira to overcome her griefs and fight back and be a peg-legged, swashbuckling hero like some girl Long John Silver but she's a disappoint as a female characters.
It's not a bad book in terms of the idea. It's an interesting take on tribes and comes across slightly futuristic and sci-fi even though they're still using wood to build huts with. But it feels like the author stopped and didn't bother to explore the village and people further. There is so much more that could've been done with it. Yes the ending is left open for the reader's interpretation but that comes across as sheer laziness from the writer. Talk about throwing your hands up with an open mouth like, WHAT?! THE?! BUZZ?!
Tomorrow I'll be posting my review for this weeks book which is The Last Resort by Alison Lurie.
File under: Kelligrafie, Gathering Blue, Lois Lowry, book review