Messenger (Giver Quartet Series #3)

Messenger (Giver Quartet Series #3)

by Lois Lowry

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Overview


Strange changes are taking place in Village. Once a utopian community that prided itself on its welcome to new strangers, Village will soon be closed to all outsiders. As one of the few people able to travel through the dangerous Forest, Matty must deliver the message of Village’s closing and try to convince Seer’s daughter to return with him before it’s too late. But Forest has become hostile to Matty as well, and he must risk everything to fight his way through it, armed only with an emerging power he cannot yet explain or understand.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547995670
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/25/2012
Series: Giver Quartet Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 427,717
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: 720L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Lois Lowry is a two-time Newbery Medal winner for Number the Stars (1990) and The Giver (1994), the first dystopian novel in a quartet that includes Gathering Blue, Messenger, and, as of fall 2012, Son. She now divides her time between Cambridge, Massachusetts, and an 1840s farmhouse in Maine. Visit her website at www.loislowry.com.

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"Lowry masterfully presents another thought-provoking, haunting tale in this third novel, a companion to The Giver and Gathering Blue." Publishers Weekly, Starred

"Lowry moves far beyond message, writing with a beautiful simplicity rooted in political fable, in warm domestic detail, and in a wild natural world, just on the edge of realism." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

"Told in simple, evocative prose, this companion to The Giver (1993) and Gathering Blue (2000) can stand on its own as a powerful tale of great beauty." Kirkus Reviews, Starred

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Messenger 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 384 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While reading 'Messenger' by Lois Lowry, I was interested in the book after the first chapter with its connections to its previous books, new plot line & setting, and its exciting start. All of the characters come together into one book, but this is not noticable right away. From both 'The Giver' and 'Gathering Blue', things start to fall into place. While reading both 'The Giver' and 'Gathering Blue', it was hard to understand some consepts and some things didn't make sense. This occured at the beginning of 'Messenger' as well, but it incorperated all 3 books into one enjoyable read of adventure and romance. The writing style of this book has made me even more interested to read it because it makes you feel like you are there, experiencing everything on the sidelines, like a director behind the scenes of a movie. While reading 'Messenger', it was hard to put the book down. Before I knew it, i could have been reading for 3 hours straight and be almost finished with the book. This book is a great read if you like action and adventure with new twists every few chapters. I really enjoyed this book because it kept me thinking, and never really being sure of what would happen next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book better than Gathering Blue, but less than The Giver. It was an interesting read and VERY intense!!! Only read this book if your up for a REALLY intense book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing!!!!!!!!! The plot is never ending. It is also a page turner and will make you think. If you like books that are never ending action then you will love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the final book of The Giver trilogy. It is a terrific dystopic/fantasy book pointing out the many temptations that lead us from true happiness. A wonderful trilogy that I would recommend to everyone ages 13 and up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was by far another powerful and passionate book. Just like The Giver and Gathering Blue there are strong messages that often arent explained. However the mystery of the concepts and messages make it more appealing and thought-provoking. It is a very intense book ti read and each if the preceding protagonists are brought together through accidental means. However, you will not be disappointed with it. Lowry never ceases to amaze me. There are so many depths of each of these books that it could be considered somewhat unappreciated.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some people say this book "sucks" . But, I say it is great and that those people are liars. Who cares if it didn't have the best ending, it is still one of my favorite series ever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was really good overall. The ending dissappointed me alittle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Messenger is a very good book. I highly recommend it.
bluejacket7 More than 1 year ago
I have read "The Giver" and then "Gathering Blue." While I don't think this one lives up to "The Giver", it is a good book. What I love about Lois Lowry's books is her unique way of telling a story with a powerful message that every reader interprets a little bit differently. Each reader takes away what he or she needs most. Many reviews for "Messenger" say the ending was bad. I won't spoil anything - but this novel ends much the same as life. Not everything in life ends in rainbows and unicorns! Readers need to remember that these are COMPANION books - not a series. We, as well as authors and the publishing world, have conditioned readers to read only books in a series and we forget, again, that life doesn't always happen that way. Different people are living different lives all simultaneously. What started with "The Giver" is successfully carried out in this book. I am quite interested in reading the final companion book "Son." And I don't expect anything - which is the BEST way to read and often ends with the best surprises!
Skittlezzzz More than 1 year ago
Matty is now a teenager. He had came here as a baby, running away from his terrible village. He now lives with a blind man named Seer, he has 2 friends one named Ramon and one named Jean..Jean always teased him about giving him a kiss someday, but now her father wants to close off the village to all new comers.The blind man sends Matty on a dangerous journey to retrieve the blind man's daughter on the other side of the forest, before the village is closed off.Matty has been traveling the paths of the forest many times before, but the forest has not yet given him warnings. When he took off Jean finally kissed him. It takes Matty days to get to Kira (blind man's daughter). They begin to head back and Kira is wounded as well as Matty.They ignore the warnings knowing they have to keep going. The blind man asks the leader if he can tell him how they are doing. The leader would know this because he can see beyond as if his eyes are small but very powerful telescopes. Matty and Kira keep going, but both are severely injured...will they make it back?.......
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this disappointing because of the ending. It was'nt what i expected and i wish it ended differently. I realized that everything in the giver connected to the society Matty lived in. Like how Jonas was the leader of the village and the red sled was up on display and it was a very important object to the village. Worth reading but some points were very boring kinda like the rest of Lowery's books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Giver is my absolute favorite book, when I found out Gathering Blue was coming out I was very excited. It was a good book even though I missed Jonas. Then when I heard that Messenger was coming out and Jonas was in it I was estatic. I was extremely dissapointed with this book. It seemed like Jonas wasn't the same person, except once or twice in the whole book was he how I remembered him in The Giver. I was also dissapointed that Gabriel was only mentioned once in the whole book. I didn't think this book let the characters grow, and wasn't written as well as the previous two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first got the book, I was really excited to see how Louis Lowry integrated the characters from previous books into this one. I was really impressed on how she did that. I liked how she included Jonas from the fist book to be the leader of village but the book doesn't really say it but it gives you clues about him. I also liked to see the character Kira from the book "Gathering Blue" being a part of this book. I enjoyed the plot because it kept me hooked until the end. I highly recommend this book for kids my age. (to all middle school students.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first got the book, I was really excited to see how Louis Lowry integrated the characters from previous books into this one. I was really impressed on how she did that. I liked how she included Jonas from the fist book to be the leader of village but the book doesn't really say it but it gives you clues about him. I also liked to see the character Kira from the book "Gathering Blue" being a part of this book. I enjoyed the plot because it kept me hooked until the end. I highly recommend this book for kids my age. (to all middle school students.)
RBeffa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I picked up Messenger looking for answers and closure. This will be a little spoilery, so read no further if that bothers you. This is the third book in a series of related books that began with "The Giver". I was glad to find that Matt, my favorite supporting character from "Gathering Blue" had returned to become the featured character along with Kira's father, also from "Gathering Blue". Both of the books that preceded "Messenger", "The Giver" and "Gathering Blue" left their stories untold. Messenger proved to be an inadequate finish for me, and ultimately a disappointing one. I'm not sure what to call what goes on in this story, but the fantasy and mystical elements really spoiled it for me. We had bits of that referred to in the prior novels, but one could consider the elements in "Gathering Blue" as a form of artistic gift, and the memory transfer process in "The Giver" was in need of a rational explanation, I will admit. What goes on in "The Messenger" doesn't have any sort of rational explanation. Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed the story. It was just that there were elements to this that for me made it less than it should have been. I can see the allegory here pretty clearly, a comment on modern society. The Village that accepted all who came, the hungry, the sick, the needy, the damaged was changing. For the worse. We are closing our doors. Greed and jealousy were replacing the old values of caring, of sharing and openess. Unfortunately the manner of the allegory, with the Faustian trades of one's self for material things and improved superficial changes to one's body pushed the magical mystery tour into high gear. Perhaps most importantly, I could discern no reason why all these good people would rather suddenly make bargains with the devil. The simultaneous appearance of Matty's magical healing powers and the Forest itself becoming evil ran the story off the road, and as a result, the story became a fantasy and a lot less believable.If one has read the first two novels, or at least the second, then "Messenger" is going to provide some small bits of closure, but important storylines of the prior novel are still left unraveled. I don't think it would be all that worthy of a read if one had never read either of the first two books.
Aerrin99 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book falls somewhere between The Giver and Gathering Blue - the story and characters are far stronger than what Lowry offers up in Gathering Blue, which makes her metaphors and meaning feel less cumbersome and preachy than what we saw in the other book. It's also free of the wince-inducing dialect that pervaded the second in the series.It's not as eloquent or creative as The Giver, but it's still a strong work that uses familiar characters and an unfamiliar world to make interesting points about greed and selfishness and community.
aria on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I bought this book with excitement. I had read the books preceding it, "The Giver" and "Gathering Blue", and had loved all of the literary elements that had made them so popular among English teachers. I want my money back. I really do. The book had no sparkle, the metaphors were blatantly obvious. I was disappointed by the way the old characters were portrayed. They had no purpose, only there to appease the readers. The wonderful writing of "The Giver" and "Gathering Blue" is gone. I don't recommend this book at all.
Maggie_Rum on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While the final book in The Giver Trilogy is sad, it fits well with the rest of the books. The main character is picked from Gather Blue, and otehr characters from The Giver are also there. Adventurous, scary and mysterious.
Al-G on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A wonderful conclusion to "The Giver" trilogy. Lowry brings all of her main characters together in the climax of the story. The Leader's search for freedom, Kira's quest for expression, and Matty's pursuit of a place where all are welcome culminates in this story of Village. Village is the outpost of freedom and hospitality in a post-apocalyptic world where people are categorized and marginalized. In some places in this world life has been distilled and specialized so that while everything appears to be good, there are no challenges, no freedoms, and the creative processes have been surrendered to sameness. Individuality is discouraged and deviation from the norm is dispatched quickly. In other places order is determined by those who have political and social power and enforced by material reward. Some are haves and the rest are have nots. But Village is different, everyone determines their own true name and every gift is honored - all are welcome. But humanity's self-centeredness has not be vanquished and evil grows in the form of selfishness within Village and a threat from the Forest without. A sacrifice will be necessary to overcome the evil of humanity as Kira, Matty, and Leader strive to rebuild the world. Strong religious and political themes dot the landscape of Lowry's trilogy and while she leaves some loose ends, the characters and events come together nicely to move the reader into this world and struggle with the main characters to find their way through.
wagner.sarah35 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good conclusion to the tale that began with The Giver and Gathering Blue. Having read the first two some time ago, I was glad to see a few memorable characters return and finish their stories. I liked the character of Matty and the message of the story, but I was a little disappointed by the book's conclusion.
melydia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Matty is the messenger for Village, the one who can brave Forest to deliver messages between various settlements. The story begins at a pivotal moment in his life: he's discovered a wonderful and terrifying ability, he will soon receive his True Name, and Village, founded as a sanctuary for refugees, is considering closing its doors. It is the third of a loose trilogy that began with The Giver (a truly excellent novel) - that is, it takes place in the same universe and has some overlapping characters. I never read the second book, Gathering Blue, but I didn't feel like I needed to. Truth be told, I wasn't that impressed with this story. It was too predictable, even for a young adult book. Maybe I'd have liked it better had I read Gathering Blue (or at least more recently read The Giver) but I doubt it. Usually I like dystopian tragedies but this felt forced. All in all, not one of Lowry's better books.
kerath25 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I felt this book to be a wonderful work that speaks of how even communities conceived in the best of ideals can falter. It has a wonderful lesson that we can apply to our own situations today, but does not thrust it upon the reader. I love how Lowry takes concepts that are normally very difficult to describe, let alone defend, and works them into a world that we can understand their importance.
dste on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Messenger continues the story of Matty, who was known as Matt in Gathering Blue. Matty now lives in Village with the blind man named Seer. His life has improved immensely in the time that he has spent in the friendly and welcoming community. Now, however, there is something sinister in the air. The once caring community has started to become selfish, a vote is looming to close the borders of Village to outsiders forever, and Forest is taking on a life of its own to harm and even kill those who try to pass through it. It's now or never for Kira to come to Village, and Matty, as Village's messenger, is the only one who can venture through the increasingly dangerous Forest to bring her.I felt as though a major purpose for this book was simply to provide closure to the previous two books in the trilogy- The Giver and Gathering Blue. Although this made the plot feel a bit off, I was personally thrilled to find out what had become of my favorite characters from the past books. I also felt as though the mysterious powers finally became clear to me in this book. It was a short read, but a good one. I'd recommend it, but only if you've read The Giver and Gathering Blue first, as you will be missing out on huge elements of it otherwise.
NoahK on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Last in the giver triliogy, Matty must bring Kira to hi village