This is Book 2 of The Giver Quartet.
In this book, Lowry completely shifts gears and takes the reader to another post-apocalyptic community with a brand new set of characters.
I did not find this book as overtly disturbing as The Giver, but I did feel that same sense of paranoia, danger, and urgency hiding throughout the plot. In this book, Lowry goes more into detail about special gifts that some of the people in this world possess, and it makes me wonder where that will lead and how it will factor in to the overarching story.
The smallest of connections are made between this book and The Giver, but the reader is given no more than an off-hand remark in one or two sentences and must once again draw their own conclusions.
This book was good. It was not quite on par with The Giver but it was still important. As I read, I had the feeling that this was something of a bridge book, a necessary connection between what has happened (The Giver) and what is yet to come. Again, this is a book that manages to say a lot by saying very little. Lowry continues to impress me with her style, her content, and her ability to challenge me as I am forced to think more about what it is that I am reading. I am eagerly looking forward to the next installment.