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In this novel that unites characters from "The Giver" and "Gathering Blue," Matty, a young member of a utopian community that values honesty, conceals an emerging healing power that he cannot explain or understand.
ISBN: 9780618404414
Characteristics: 169 pages ;,22 cm.


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Nov 06, 2020

Amazing book! I LOVE Lois Lowry's writing! It was a little sad though.

Jun 06, 2020

Remember how I complained about how Gathering Blue was almost a transplantation of The Giver? Apparently there had been a reason — the two communities existed in the same world. ⁣

And in The Messenger, they became connected. ⁣

Matty, Kira’s young friend from Gathering Blue, is now the messenger between Kira’s dystopian home community and her father’s adopted utopian one. ⁣

With Kira’s aid, the dystopia is improving. But simultaneously there is trouble in paradise: with the population increasing and resources disappearing, the once-newcomers and now-residents are petitioning to close borders. ⁣

Simultaneously, Matty is noticing a change in his people: after making deals with a mysterious Trademaster, they seem to be losing the best part of their identities. ⁣

After reading the novel, I went back and checked its publication date, which was in 2004. Yet the parallels between the once-utopian community and the United States are undeniable. In both cases, old immigrants/refugees are now preventing others from entering “their land;” in both cases, they are building walls. ⁣

The Trademaster complication also clearly indicates capitalism. In the pursuit of “gaming machines,” leather jackets and cosmetic surgical improvements, people are selling their innermost identities. The fates of the communities can now be seen as cyclical— while some dystopian rise, others simply fade and fall. ⁣

I took a star off mostly because of the ending. The solution was too straightforward for such a complex problem, and Lowry brought the story to its end almost forcibly. I would have preferred it to be open-ended; the sacrifice of a single person solves the problem only in the most idealized world. ⁣

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Apr 14, 2019

Great book! I really enjoyed it! I am very happy with the plot and I would like to read the Son!

Dec 18, 2018

I read this in one night. It's fairly short, but I could not put it down. This book is really good. It is the 3rd book of the quartet. If you have read this far, you are almost done with the series! Anyway, this is a great book and series to read in your spare time.

Nov 28, 2018

Really good book

DBRL_KrisA Aug 05, 2017

In my review of Gathering Blue, I said it was a companion piece to The Giver, but not a sequel. And the cover of my edition of Messenger also calls it a companion to the preceding two books. But it's clear that all three books (and, from what I've seen, the fourth book as well) tell different parts of the same story.
In Messenger, we see Matt (now Matty) and Kira's father, and we're reintroduced to a key character from The Giver, and we're shown the village (named, of course, Village) that Kira's father had been living in when Matt found him. Village has always been a peaceful, friendly place, but it's starting to change. (And really, it was never explained clearly why Village and Forest and their inhabitants were experiencing such a negative change.)
I'm told that the fourth book in the series will wrap up all the loose ends and tie all the other books together. I hope so, because there are so many things left unaddressed, such as how Kira managed to change her village, and where Kira and Leader got their Gifts.

Jun 24, 2016

This is Matty's story - but it also brings back both Jonas and Kira in yet another society in the world of The Giver and Gathering Blue.
The story is gripping, but there are one or two points left unexplained that I hope will be revisited in Son.

Jan 27, 2016

Messenger directly connects the characters first seen in The Giver and Gathering Blue. Matty, first introduced in Gathering Blue, is the protagonist of Messenger. He is as spirited as he was in Gathering Blue, but perhaps a little tamer and wiser. Matty is curious about his community and the changes he sees in the people around him. In the beginning of the book he takes his job relaying messages very seriously, as he is one of the few who can pass through Forest unharmed. This book stands alone as a novel, focusing on serious themes such as pride, consumerism, exclusivity, global suffering, and community. Still, one of those most intriguing things about this book is seeing what became of characters like Jonas, Kira, and Christopher who were introduced in the first two books in The Giver Quartet.

Jan 12, 2016

Lois Lowry never fails. Read this in one afternoon. The ending though... wish it was different.

Jan 03, 2016

This book won't make much sense without reading gathering blue first. Should also read the giver as well, but less important.

This book is a pretty fast read. It is targeted to middle school age.

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Jun 05, 2013

Matty now lives in Village with Seer, Kira's father. Matty notices changes in people and determines that the Trademart has something to do with it. When the Village decides that Village should be closed to outsiders, Seer worries that Kira will not be able to join him as she said she would and sends Matty back to convince Kira to come now. Forest is thickening and is warning Kira and Matty that they will be destroyed. Leader enters forests to help Kira and Matty, but he too begins to be entangled by Forest. Matty uses his power to heal earth, the Forest, his Village, and Kira's wounds, but not without the ultimate sacrifice.

Jul 29, 2012

Since he started living in the Village, Matty always wanted to earn his true name and he wants that name to be Messenger. However, Matty begins to realize that he has a special power to heal. A mysterious force causes the residents of the village to change from kind, generous people to greedy people. Matty must go to his old home to bring the Seer's daughter, who is also his friend Kira, to the Village before the greedy villagers decide to close the Village from outsiders forever. In the process, Matty does something extremely heroic and to find out what that is, READ THE BOOK! I've told you enough already.

Jul 09, 2011

The last book in the trilogy, all the characters make an appearance here. After Matty escapes his abusive village, he takes refuge in a village that is a safe haven to all. However, greed manages to creep into the village and Matty has to go back to his old village to bring back his friend (Kira) - before the hostile forest and village close in on them forever.


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