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Messenger (The Giver Quartet #3)

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  77,481 Ratings  ·  5,951 Reviews
Messenger is the masterful third novel in the Giver Quartet, which began with the dystopian bestseller The Giver, now a major motion picture.

Matty has lived in Village and flourished under the guidance of Seer, a blind man known for his special sight. Village once welcomed newcomers, but something sinister has seeped into Village and the people have voted to close it to ou
Paperback, 169 pages
Published August 22nd 2006 by Ember (first published April 26th 2004)
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Feb 11, 2013 Tracy rated it really liked it
I did love this book, I was so happy to find out what happened to Jonas and Gabe after the heartbreaking ending of The Giver. One criticism is that while I found the sub-plot of the Trademart to be very interesting it seemed to just fade off without any explanation. Where did the Trader come from? How was he able to take a persons inner-most self...was it magic? Kira, Leader and Matty all seem to have magical powers...where did their powers come from. Their world seems to be ours...there are ref ...more
Jul 16, 2014 Kim rated it did not like it
This book was terrible. And stupid.

It pains me to say so, because (as everyone likely knows by now) The Giver is one of my most favorite books of all time. In this book, we get to see Jonas again (and even Gabe, for a moment) so I thought for sure it would tie things together and give me some emotional resolution. And while it was good to see what happened to Jonas (even though he is never called by that name in this book, it's clearly Jonas) there were too many other major flaws for me to enjoy
Jun 08, 2008 Julie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kidlit
Arrrrrgh! (In the best way...)

I was 15 pages from the end and said to my husband, "I don't see how this is going to end!"

So when I get to the end, I moaned, and he asked whether it was a bad ending, to which I replied, "Really good--but bad."

And that is all I can tell you. This is one you really must read if you have not. I think I might even read it again to really "get" it.

If you can, start with The Giver and go right through to Gathering Blue and then Messenger. I have not enjoyed a related
May 02, 2008 Cortney rated it liked it
Here's the second companion piece to The Giver. I liked this one better than the first, Gathering Blue. Actually, it had potential to be a great book, but it's like Lowry forgot her plot lines and things just fell off at the end of the book.

The first two books, The Giver and Gathering Blue deal with utopian societies. This book takes place in a village with all the outcasts from these utopian societies. It's called the village of the Broken, people with some deformity, disfigurement or handicap
I think this is the most boring book of the series so far. Very little happened really, although we did get one revelation (view spoiler) Otherwise I spent most of this book bored.

5 out of 10
I'm a bit torn on this. I didn't enjoy it as much as I did the two previous novels in this "series," but it had such a powerful ending and the extreme geek in me was so excited that it united all three of the books together in such a good way... It's just hard for me.

Matty didn't appeal to me as much as Jonas or Kira had in the previous novels, and while his struggles were interesting I felt it focused entirely too much on the journey through the forest while I was really wanting to know more ab
Sep 15, 2007 Debbie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all
Shelves: young-adult-lit
Messenger is the third book after The Giver and Gathering Blue. Readers who were dissatisfied by the vague ending of The Giver will appreciate the glimpse of Gabe and Jonas' important role as Leader of Village.

Matty, who befriended Kira in Gathering Blue, is the main character in Messenger. He is anticipating earning his true name, which he hopes will be Messenger. He knows all the paths of the mysterious forest, which becomes more and more sinister as the story progresses. Village, under Jonas
Cait Grace
WELL. I didn't expect to be so torn up after finishing this...but. WHAT EVEN, OMG. HOW CAN IT END LIKE THAT? THIS IS UNFAIR. GET ME BOOK 4 ASAP BEFORE I LOSE MY SANITY. (Yeah, yeah, already lost it but shhh don't get too caught up on details.) ANYWAY.

This book is incredible. I confess to not loving Gathering Blue, but I think that was more because I was confused it wasn't directly about The Giver. But this quartet IS all tied together in knots. It's really awesome, and the cameos make me squee
Nov 26, 2014 Kaora rated it liked it
With the Messenger, there are a few familiar faces, but it is kind of a brand new setting.

We follow Matty, after his dog Branch has died, as he lives in the village with Lira's blind father, named the Seer. Gradually Matty starts noticing changes in those around him and while the village was once welcoming to those who were escaping, they now do not want newcomers.

I'm still not sure what to make of this series. It seems each book could be read on their own and there is very little overlap. I am
Nov 08, 2007 Suzanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of The Giver
The third (and final?) installment of The Giver books. The Giver was more uptopic/dystopic worlds, Gathering Blue had a Sci-Fi feel, and this one was more fantastical. I enjoyed it very much.

One complaint: if I met the reader on the street (I audio booked it) I would say, "Hey guy, SLOW DOWN! St. Elsewhere has been cancelled; what are your rushing off to?"

Addendum: The more I thought about this book since completing it, the more annoyed I became. It just ends so abruptly. What happened? I know w
Dec 10, 2012 Emilio rated it it was amazing
I am speechless. This book has literally blown my mind away. This is the third book written by Lois Lowry, after "The Giver" and "Gathering Blue". If you were dissatisfied with the end of The Giver, I highly recommend this book, as you'll realize what has truly happened to Jonas and Gabe.

The "Messenger" focuses on Matty, a character who briefly appeared in "Gathering Blue". We can see that everything is doing fine in the village he is currently living, but something ominous is approaching. Is n
Jan 03, 2016 Ngoc rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mario
I LOVED The Messenger! Now I finally understand how it is a companion novel to The Giver and Gathering Blue. It is just fantansic how Lois Lowry separates the three villages, showing how the flaws of Jonas and Kira's towns had flaws which can tear people apart and in Village where people are drawn together, caring for one another in community. What happens when selfishness, jealousy, vanity, greed, pretty much the seven deadly sins come into play: The Messenger is heart-wrenching and the ending ...more
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Aug 31, 2015 ياسمين ثابت rated it it was amazing


المدهش في هذه السلسلة الرائعة من الاربع روايات التي كتبتها لويس لاوري
ان بين كل جزء والاخر مالا يقل عن 5 سنوات!

مع انك حين تقرأها تشعر انها جميعا كتبت في فترة واحدة وانها مترابطة بشكل غريب
وهذا طبعا له عامل كبير ان النشر في بلد الكاتبة بيكون ناتج عن تعب فريق كامل وليس فرد واحد

في الجزء الاول الواهب the giver

قابلنا جوناس البطل الذي هرب في اخر الرواية من مجتمع كامل ليذهب الى مستقبل مجهول بعيدا عن التماثل والنفاق والكذب حاملا موهبته التي مايزال يكتشفها معه, الكتاب كان قوي جدا يناقش العديد من القضايا ا
Feb 06, 2012 Maurinejt rated it it was ok
It's not that this book was bad per se. It is like the others in this series, beautifully written and deals with beloved characters. However, it would be a stretch to say I liked it. First, the plot elements are mystical which has never really happened before and I found totally out of place in the world. The series has toyed here and there with fantastic ideas, but they could be explained, if at a stretch. The Messenger is dealing with things like sentient forests and paranormal powers and it c ...more
Jun 27, 2007 Lara rated it liked it
This sequel is set in the same fictional-but-strangely-like-our-own world as The Giver and Gathering Blue. In it, in another lively and exciting story, Lowry continues to examine ideals and problems of socialism. She also brings in a heated immigration debate. I've really enjoyed the whole group of these books.

However, the very end of this one made me mad. I don't know what I expected, and I probably wouldn't have minded it, actually, except that she chose to include some hints earlier in the bo
Messenger is the last in the trilogy that commenced with the ever popular The Giver, and which then was followed by Gathering Blue. Unfortunately the first two novels proved to be difficult acts to follow successfully, in my opinion. This story seemed somewhat contrived, haphazard and written with less creative flow. I was left with a lot of unanswered questions by the end, and felt slightly ripped off and let down. Ultimately I feel the story had the potential to be so much more. Ah, well, I wo ...more
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Apr 19, 2016 Luis Zamarro Fraile rated it it was amazing
5 estrellas.

El tercer libro de la serie "The Giver" constituye el enlace entre las dos obras anteriores.

Fiel al estilo de la serie, The Messenger aborda diversos problemas sociales desde una perspectiva moral y ética vigentes en todo tiempo: El bloqueo a los inmigrantes fundado en el egoísmo y el temor por la escases de recursos agobian a los pobladores de la Villa, que en otro tiempo se mostraban generosos y confiados en recibir a todos los oprimidos.

Así es que en esta historia Lowry narra có
Apr 02, 2009 Rebecca rated it really liked it
This book is really good you finally find out what happened to Jonas and Gabe. The end is pretty good but you may be disapointed. The forest is finally at peace.
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Oct 07, 2015 Pradnya K. rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, ya
It's a third one in series and makes sure you won't leave fourth. Although separate stories the quartets are linked together, not with storyline but concepts.
The surreal world, the promising magic, allegorical layers, the clashes of good and evil and nature's soothing touches keep the books bonded together, making them sibling. Finally Joshan from first series appears. He doesn't carry the old appearance but he's there. And Kira and her father as well. They four make this journey together : Matt
Messenger is the third installment in author Lois Lowry's young adult, dystopian series: The Giver Quartet. It was so nice to see how these books are beginning to thread together. I was wondering for a while if each book was more like a standalone experience versus an ongoing story, but now I know!

Messenger is my favorite in this series so far. It enjoyed seeing familiar characters, and I felt more emotion while reading this one than I did the others. The dystopian world many authors in this ge
Keith Hall
Okay, so upon completing The Giver trilogy, I was a little upset. Within the first few chapters all three books were tied together. I have three questions after reading it:
(The following questions contain spoilers)
1) How were the changes occurring? - While it was clear that the Trade Mart was the root of the evil, it was never clear how that all operated. The Mentor traded his deepest inner self, but were the others trading the same? Whatever it was, their trading for comfort, ease and entitlem
Dec 21, 2011 jess rated it it was ok
Shelves: yaf, 2011
This is the third of the Giver series. It is a very different book from the first two. There are more fantastic/magical elements here, and it's kind of depressing. OK, like, actually depressing. Messenger brings up the issues of dis/ability and inequality again. And, this is an interesting portrait of dystopia/utopia. As a person long interested in both, I loved the way that the dystopia shifts toward a happier world in Kira's village, and the utopia of Village - which is, in so many ways, just ...more
Sep 17, 2010 Jinky rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
Reference: The Giver (book #1), Gathering Blue (book #2), Messenger (book #3)

Let me begin to tell you that I had to re-align my thinking since book #2 because for some reason I had a wrong name in mind. I was quick to forget that the main character in book #1 was Jonas. For some reason when reading book #2 and saw the name Christopher, I pictured Jonas. So throughout book #2 and most of book #3 Christopher was Jonas to me. You can imagine how the story must have been different for me. I suppose
Feb 05, 2014 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
I was not impressed with this follow up book to The Giver and Gathering Blue. I felt no emotional ties to this book or the characters even though the characters were not new to the story. This totally missed the mark for me. Hopeful that Lowry will finish strong in the final installment to this series. I only recommend this book if you want to have a few answers from book 1. Did not like the plot at all!
Feb 26, 2016 Alondra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
4.5 Stars

I am really loving this series.

It seemed like finally we get to a community in this new "Giver" world, who get it right. Everyone is loving and respectful.... alas, all is not so my friend. We had the Trade-master.

My friends, what would you trade?? Would you trade your sanity, your love, your true self; for a bit of fun and games?? When the world turns ugly, we need a hero. One who is willing to sacrifice.

Great story, some tie-ins that help with moving the first book forward and havin
Messenger brings us right back to where we left off from Gathering Blue six years later... Matty is living in Village with Kira's blind father. All of the previous characters come together to pull the universe back to where it started from.

Village has always welcomed anyone and everyone to their community, and helped these individuals and families assimilate into freedom. Currently, Village wants to close the wall and not to allow any more people into their community. Matty has to journey back t
Nov 04, 2010 Ilona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lowry really needs to work on her endings.

Gathering Blue had one of the worst endings I have ever read, rushed and so weak, I got the impression that she just didn't feel like writing anymore towards the end. Messenger is no different.

But let me not get ahead. Messenger picks up Matt's story, one of the characters from its companion book Gathering Blue. He's older now, called Matty, and has left his old home to live in village, where everybody is welcome. But things are changing around the villa
Dec 05, 2008 Denise rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I especially loved how it pieced together the previous two and gave away their endings. Matt was a fabulous character. It really made me take a second look at my life and what I was trading for worldly things.

Lines I loved:

Teasing’s part of the fun that comes before kissing.

He knew that there were communities everywhere, sprinkled across the vast landscape of the known world, in which people suffered. Not always from beatings and hunger, the way he had. But from ignorance. F
It was nice to see the stories from The Giver and Gathering Blue come together in Messenger, but I felt like the story itself was lacking.

Not all that much happened in Messenger, and I'm not sure if it conveyed the message it was supposed to very well. I mostly enjoyed seeing characters from the other books interact with each other and I wasn't that invested in the actual story.

I think I should have stopped with The Giver, it was a strong book on its own and these companion novels just aren't o
Dec 08, 2015 Stormsiren99 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Ok you guys, Messenger is AWESOME!!!!!! It totally bring together the first two books. Let me explain. The Giver is the story of Jonas. Jump to the next book in the series, Gathering Blue, and it's about Kira. WHAAATTT?!?! Nothing made sense! I mean, Gathering Blue was a great book, but I had a really hard time relating it to the Giver. Because of thi, it is not absolutely necessary to read the books in order, BUUUUUUUTTTTT...Messenger brings together the Giver and Gathering Blue so it ALL MAKES ...more
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Taken from Lowry's website:
"I’ve always felt that I was fortunate to have been born the middle child of three. My older sister, Helen, was very much like our mother: gentle, family-oriented, eager to please. Little brother Jon was the only boy and had interests that he shared with Dad; together they were always working on electric trains and erector sets; and later, when Jon was older, they always
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The Giver Quartet (4 books)
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  • Gathering Blue (The Giver, #2)
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