Messenger (Readers Circle)

Lois Lowry
Lois Lowry’s Messenger continues the quartet beginning with the quintessential dystopian novel, The Giver, and Gathering Blue, followed by Son.For the past six years, Matty has lived in Village and flourished under the guidance of Seer, a blind man, known for his special sight. Village was a place that welcomed newcomers, but something sinister has seeped into Village and the people have voted to close it to outsiders. Matty has been invaluable as a messenger. Now he must make one last journey through the treacherous forest with his only weapon, a power he unexpectedly discovers within himself.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2018-07-18
"Messenger" is the tale of Matty, the wayward village tyke from "Gathering Blue" who is, in fact, the person who "gathers the blue" and takes it to Kira. He does this by finding his way through the forest, to…another place, another village, which has a couple of VERY interesting residents, and I dare not expound on this too much for fear of giving secrets away which you should uncover for yourself. I will note that this is a far better place for Matty than his previous home, even if he does have to stay clean (most of the time, anyway.) He remembers fondly his friend Kira though, and her strange talent for weaving, and when he discovers that he has a peculiar talent too, he's off on a journey of his own, perhaps to reunite a family. Or perhaps to save his faltering village. Or perhaps there's more at stake than just the Village…

There. Another obscure synopsis. I really don't want to give anything away.

This is the third book in Lois Lowry's "Giver" quartet, and really ties the series thus far together. Again, at fear of giving too much away, I won't go too much in-depth, but I will note that, at least to this point, this is my favorite of the series. That might change as I tear into "Son", the fourth book, but "Messenger" definitely left me in tears.

Dig it. Five stars.
Reviewed: 2017-12-07
3.5 stars
Another very interesting story from Lois Lowry. It's so hard to include this as part of the The Giver series for me just because of how much I LOVED The Giver and have carried that story with me as one of my favorites ever since I was 12.
I zipped through the book in a matter of hours, but really, I wasn't as interested as I had hoped. My attention wasn't really grabbed until the end of the book and I loved how it all concluded. I was really surprised, actually!
Another thing I really liked was how it all tied back into The Giver as well as Gathering Blue even though each book is its own specific story. Very glad I finally got around to this!

Full review originally posted on The Book Addict's Guide: I have to admit - I went into Messenger quite skeptical. The Giver has been one of my favorite books since I was twelve (and that was thirteen years ago!), I reread The Giver last year (and still loved it) and then almost immediately after that, I read Gathering Blue and was pretty disappointed. Unfortunately, I felt the same kind of disappointment with Messenger.

All of these books are super quick reads (with the exception of my first time around reading The Giver, I finished each in a matter of hours in one day), but unfortunately I felt the same about Messenger as I had about Gathering Blue - the story was easy enough to follow and they both have very nice lessons (they are more for middle grade readers, I think) but I was just never quite as captivated as I had been when I first read Jonas's story.

I thought Matty's story in Messenger was actually a little bit more interesting that Kira in GB. It seemed a bit more magical as far as abilities go and I enjoyed the characters and the dynamics much more. Also, we got to see Jonas's reappearance as an adult who is now the Leader of Matty's Village. I really think that helped me make more of a connection to the book as well. I liked that this book felt a lot more like a continuation of a series instead of a companion since we see both Jonas and Kira from the previous books.
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