Messenger (The Giver Quartet #3) – Lois Lowry
Title: Messenger (The Giver Quartet #3)
Author: Lois Lowry
Release Date: January 4, 2004
Publisher: Delecorte Press Books
Page Number: 169
“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.
4 out of 5 stars
A boy named Matty lives in a village of “broken people.” Some have disabilities, but some are just fine and are completely healthy. Matty lives with a blind man who we know to be Kira’s father. The previous book, Gathering Blue, follows Kira. Matty was friends with Kira when he was a young boy. He lived in the village that she had grown up in. He wanted to find the plant to make blue dye for her weaving and stumbled upon the village. Everyone in the village is nice to each other and they all help each other. *SPOILER ALERT* The person who is Leader of this village is Jonas from the first book. You wouldn’t catch that if you didn’t read the books one right after another, though. *SPOILER OVER* The blind man that Matty lives with wants his daughter to be with him, so Matty goes into Forest to travel and get his daughter, Kira, for him. This was a really short book, but it was really good. I love Lois Lowry’s writing style, and I love this series. It’s so well planned out and it’s such a beautiful idea. I cannot wait until I’ve read the last book in this series.
Matty is honestly the sweetest character ever. He loves his little puppy and he loves what he does with delivering messages and he loves his gift. I didn’t really like Kira in this book, but she wasn’t in that much of it, so it’s alright. She was kind of whiny. I mean the reasons behind the whininess makes sense, but it was still irritating. Overall my favorite character was Leader. I love him. He’s such a lovable and helpful character. I love that he helps at the end and that he can see beyond. He also has a huge library… and that’s a lot of books… and books are really cool, so yes. I’d choose him.
The Giver (The Giver Quartet #1) – Lois Lowry
Gathering Blue (The Giver Quartet #2) – Lois Lowry