I liked this book alright, but was surprised that Lowry did not continue with the Giver story line. I'm not sure if maybe it is marked incorrectly as a series on Goodreads but this seemed to be it's own stand alone story. It was interesting and I enjoyed the friendship between the four children, but it left a lot unexplained. It would have been nice to know why the leaders lied about there being vicious animals in the woods. I also would have liked to hear more about the plants and paint making. Perhaps the third book will answer some of the questions. I liked hearing about how the village worked, but had a hard time feeling for a lot of the characters. This is definitely a children's book and would probably been better had I read it when I was younger. I would recommend this book to anyone who liked the Giver and doesn't mind that this is a set of a new characters and settings.