I read this book when it first came out many years ago and I loved it. I think it was the first time I’d read a children’s book that talked about a dystopia. Nowadays it’s so common you might say it’s overdone. But at the time it really felt groundbreaking and so thoughtful.
I knew that my daughter hadn’t yet read this and I really really wanted her to, so I made it be our car audiobook. Not surprisingly it won her over just as quickly as it did me. I loved watching her put together the clues about Jonas’s world. This story is every bit as good as it was when it came out, only now we’re going right on ahead and listening to Gathering Blue (and then hopefully keep going with Messenger and Son.)
A well deserved modern classic.
Checking my review from several years ago of Son, I see that I wrote: “I’d be so curious to jump into Lowry’s head and see how she imagines all these various communities fitting together.” The audiobook edition of Gathering Blue began with an intro from Lowry in which she does address that a bit, so I loved hearing that. And rereading my review of Son, I can’t wait to go through all these books again without waiting years in between.