Book Review–Messenger (The Giver Quartet #3) by Lois Lowry




This is the 70th book from my 114 in 2014 Reading Challenge.



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Messenger (The Giver Quartet #3) by Lois Lowry
  Published January 1st, 2004 by Ember


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 outsiders. Matty has been invaluable as a messenger. Now he must risk everything to make one last journey through the treacherous forest with his only weapon, a power he unexpectedly discovers within himself.



This book wasn’t quite as good as The Giver and Gathering Blue, but it was still pretty good. The POV is mostly from Matty, the little boy who was Kira’s friend in the second book. Matty has changed a lot from the last time we saw him and has a sweet innocence about him–as well as a remarkable gift.

This book explores more about gifts in this world, as well as about the changing village that Matty and his companion, The Seer, lives in. Jonas is finally introduced as well. His gift puzzled me at first but now I think I understand what it is.

The ending was just cruel, though. Thanks for tearing out my heart, Lois Lowry. Can’t wait to see what the final book is about–hopefully from Gabe’s POV? That would be cool.









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