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Messenger by Lois Lowry
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Feb 11, 09

bookshelves: juvenile
Read in May, 2004

Matty has gone to live with Kira’s father in Village—the all accepting, peace loving and healing place that is on the other side of the forest. Here everyone gets a new name when they are of age, and Matty hopes for “Messenger” when his time comes. He’s always been
good at going through the Forest, which is often inhospitable (adding a bit of a fantasy element to the story). But something is happening in Village, and Matty must go back to his home “town” and get Kira and bring her back to live with her father. Unfortunately, the evil
spreading through Village is also infecting the Forest, and Matty finds the way difficult for the first time in his life.

This book was extremely disappointing. Well written, but Lowry tried too hard with this one. Whereas The Giver and Gathering Blue are not necessarily related, this one blatantly ties the two together, which changes the ending to The Giver. There are also several gaps that really
should have been addressed, even if only in passing. The cover is cool, and the book reads quickly, but overall I wish I hadn’t read it...
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