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The Giver Quartet 03 - Messenger (original 2004; edition 2009)

by Lois Lowry

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Title:The Giver Quartet 03 - Messenger
Authors:Lois Lowry
Info:Bantam Books for Young Readers (2009), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 169 pages
Collections:Your library, 2012
Tags:YA, Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian

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Messenger by Lois Lowry (2004)



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This is the third book in The Giver series, this time centering around Matty from Gathering Blue. We revisit Jonas and Gabe in this book, too, although their part of the story is not the focus. This, too, is a new utopian/dystopian society, formed from the outcasts from other supposedly utopian societies.

There is an interesting theme of materialism in this story that says a lot about the value placed on material things. The central root of this society's problems is found in just that, the need for material goods. Many of the village's people are willing to trade away most anything for something material or superficial. This entire subplot centered around the TradeMart and the mysterious man who facilitated these trades, something that I wished was more developed.

The way that the concept of utopia versus dystopia is used is fascinating. In the first book, we had a fairly technologically advanced society, one that focused on control and order and uniformity in order to create a "utopian" society. In the second, the society was far more primitive and focused on one's viable contributions to society as valuable. Anyone less capable was cast out as deficient. In this book, society is still rather primitive, created out of nothing by those cast out from other societies. Their focus was on acceptance and open-mindedness. All three of these societies have totally different values and yet all three become less than utopian. It is that point that really makes the reader think... is human nature truly capable of creating and maintaining a utopia?

There is an ending to this book that was one that I had hoped wouldn't come to pass, but it is one that had more closure than that of The Giver.

Things to love...

--Seeing Jonas and Gabe again, as well as Matty.
--Being made to really think. I love that!

Things I wanted more/less of...

--More about the gifts. Many of the people of this society have gifts, something we learned about in the second book, but we don't really know much about how these things came to be.

My Recommendation: I think I loved this book almost as much as the first. It should definitely be read after both The Giver and Gathering Blue. ( )
  Kiki870 | Oct 28, 2014 |
A horrible hot, moist, swampy area, is all masked by the sounds of laughter and music. That is all gone now, due to trade mart. Trade mart is an event that occurs once a month, and it changes people for the worse. Matty, a positive, healthy young man has a gift of healing any wound. He keeps this a secret from Village, where that is forbidden. After those affected by Trade Mart decide to close the gate of the entrance of Village, the whole purpose of Village was to welcome those to a better life, Matty sets out on a quest to find Kira, Seer’s daughter, to bring her back to Village before the gates close. With Leader advising him of the dangers of the forest, and how it is “thickening”, Matty faces struggles in getting to Kira, where his secret gift might come into hand.

Overall, I enjoyed the book, The Messenger, by Lois Lowry. The plot was intriguing with its suspenseful and interesting plot. This sci-fi’s theme is confidence, where speaking your mind and sticking up to what is wrong is demonstrated through the events of Trade Mart, where the people change. The author’s sequence of events was well placed, and the character developement of Matty’s selfish yet kind perspective is realistic. ( )
  AlFaBr14 | Sep 29, 2014 |
The third book in the series, "Messenger" examines the cost of temptation with the "Trade Master". What part of yourself would you be willing to trade for something else? Those things, attributes that make us who we are cannot easily be separated from one another. Lois Lowry describes the awareness of one's life purpose or special gift, and the way in which the purpose/gift is linked to everything else that makes us who we are. ( )
  AmberEgan | Aug 24, 2014 |
As with the other The Giver books I have read so far, Messenger kept me engaged and I read through it very quickly. What I have loved is that the characters lives are presented as so simple, at first, but as the stories progress it is evident that a threat is all around them. Many characters are reunited in this third book. And though it makes since to start from the beginning, Messenger could easily stand alone like the other two books.

These were the dystopias that were ahead of the game, before dystopian was the trend. Don’t hesitate to read them. ( )
  LauraT81 | Jul 11, 2014 |
I really loved and enjoyed Messenger except for the ending Ugh the ending just broke my heart Messenger is in Mattie pov the tyke and Kira only friend she had but Mattie is not a tyke anymore he is a grown handsome young man. It has been six years that has already past and six years that he leaves in the village that welcome him with open arms and also he leaves with the seer Kira father since he arrived at the village. Mattie loves the village but it is changing and he sees that it is changing for the worst the people or changing and the forest is more dangerous than ever and he hides a secret that no body knows except for there leader in the village. Some of the village people decided to vote and close the village from any new arrivals who comes to the village. Some people in the village excuse to close the village was so cruel and so cold hearted that it shock Mattie. Before the close of the village the seer asked Mattie can he please go get his daughter Kira to come to leave with them at the village before it closes and Mattie agree and promised him he will get her. Even though the leader of the village ask him not to because the forest was getting really dangerous but Mattie promised the seer who is like a father to him that he well bring back Kira and bring her to him. Ohh boy what a dangerous journey it was coming back to the village with Kira I am going to leave it off here because I don't want to spoil it for anybody but just that at the end it literally broke my heart. I really loved and enjoyed Messenger and we also find out what happens to Jonas in the Messenger that was an awesome surprised for me but Messenger was a great read for me! Well Until Next Time My Friends! ( )
  Katiria_Rodriguez | Jun 3, 2014 |
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While ''Messenger'' may tie the three stories together just a little too neatly, it is still far from a sweet resolution. Up to the last anguished page, Lois Lowry shows how hard it is to build community. I suspect that many young readers will want to return to all three stories.
This book is about a boy named Matty who came to the Village six years ago and now they want to close the village to newcomers. Matty must send messages to those who are planning to come and move to the Village including where he originated from. I didn't really like this book as it didn't interest me and its description's were weak and vague. I didn't like the way the author wrote the book especially at the end of the book where it was unclear what happened. I think it is a good book for people who like science fiction books. I also didn't like this book because it had mythical things like "using your gift to change the world."
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Lois Lowry’s Messenger continues the quartet beginning with the quintessential dystopian novel, The Giver, and Gathering Blue, followed by Son.

For the past six years, Matty has lived in Village and flourished under the guidance of Seer, a blind man, known for his special sight. Village was a place that 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 make one last journey through the treacherous forest with his only weapon, a power he unexpectedly discovers within himself.

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Matty, a young member of a utopian community that values honesty, conceals an emerging healing power that he cannot explain or understand.

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