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Messenger by Lois Lowry
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Feb 22, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: sci-fi-utopian-societies, sci-fi

The Messenger is the third book in the trilogy which began with The Giver and then Gathering Blue. Lois Lowry’s attempt to connect the Messenger with the two previous stories in the series fell off for me. Still a good read the Messenger is set in an isolated town know as Village and mainly focuses on the character Matty, a boy who is a messenger. This trilogy brought back characters from the previous books which I found to be satisfying. In the Village there is something strange happening which grabs the attention of all the residents. Matty then thrusts into action as he sets out to retrieve Kira, who is connected throughout the series of books. Matty then takes to the Forest and has to battle the strange and awkward happenings that exist in the Forest. Matty then finds himself in a race to beat a deadline in which through his journey he discovers and realizes about his powers of healing. Matty must move quickly as many people are depending on him to pull through.

Even though many readers have mixed emotions about this book as it concludes the trilogy of The Giver and Gathering Blue this novel still possessed the imagery and symbolism of Lois Lowry’s writing. The novel does leave the reader to ask questions about different scenarios in the story but I think that is what the author intended. Even though I put down the book I am still questioning certain parts which to me are an effective way of writing even when things throughout the story are left unexplained. Tween readers should read the first two books before starting this one. Lois Lowry will have tween readers wanting more and Messenger will either deliver that or have them asking even more questions.

Nominated for the 2004 ALA Teens’ Top Ten Books
School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

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message 1: by Lauren (new) - added it

Lauren Hakimi wait, i accidentally read this thinking it wasnt in a series, and without reading the first 2, is that ok, r they connected at all?

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