In Gathering Blue, what clues are we given that Kira's mom did not die of a disease?

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At the very beginning of this excellent novel we are told that Kira's mother died after a "brief and unexpected illness," which does little to raise our curiosity until we begin to understand more and more about the society in which Kira lives and the way that the Guardians in particular have absolute power and control. When we meet Jo and Thomas and realise that they are orphans too, our curiosity is somewhat heightened, but...

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