Littlest One is a tiny creature slowly learning her job of giving dreams to humans. Each night she and her teacher, Thin Elderly, visit an old woman’s home where she softly touches beloved objects, gathering happy memories, and drops of old scents and sounds. Littlest One pieces these bits together and presents them to her sleeping human in the form of pleasant dreams.
But the dreaded Sinisteeds, dark fearsome creatures that plague their victims with nightmares, are always at work against the dreamgivers. When the old woman takes in John, an angry foster child with a troubled past, the Sinisteeds go after him with their horrifying nightmares. Can Littlest One, and her touch light as gossamer, protect John’s heart and soul from the nightmare of his dark past?
This was not at all what i expected from the author of THE GIVER, which i've reviewed on the blog and absolutely loved! I didn't believe that Gossamer was written by the woman who wrote the Grandmother of all dystopian fiction nowadays! But sadly, it is true, and Gossamer does not live up to the standards i set high from the amazing Lois Lowry.
This book is not bad. It's quite charming, what with the light word-choice and the great character development. But i didn't like how characters were presented, i didn't like how everything about the dream-givers was told, not showed! It was like the first ten chapters were: This is Littlest One, she gives dreams. Dreams that are good. Dream-givers live in big Heap. Littlest One blend dreams. Dreams are good. It was all childish and self-explanatory.
But what i did like about Gossamer was the ending. Oh, the ending! How delicate and beautiful an ending that Lois has created! When the explanation of dream-givers is presented, i sighed at the beauty of how it was told. It wasn't told, it was SHOWN in a way that was lyrical! Lois ended The Giver perfectly, as she did Gossamer!
This book is okay. It's aimed for a much younger group than The Giver, and it's way too rushed and too short, so short that there is not any time for good introductions and development and thought process! But it's a sweet book with a great ending and a great writing style!