I recently finished the third installment of Lois Lowry’s The Giver Quartet, Messenger.
Unlike Gathering Blue, which felt very separate from The Giver, Messenger begins to tie together the pieces. Matty, the young boy who was Kira’s friend, has now moved on from his home village. He is growing up in a place where people who are perceived weak are given shelter, purpose, and a new start at life. Every person plays their part, and where they have weakness, they also have special strengths and abilities. The person who created this community, Leader, is someone we might recognize. He came to Village with a companion and on a sled.
Matty is waiting to receive his assignment, he assumes he will become Messenger, because of his knowledge of the dangerous Forest. He is able to communicate with other villages and walk through Forest without being attacked. But Forest is now becoming angrier, and no longer wants travelers to come through, including Matty. He is discovering what his special ability is, but it scares him. He is advised to keep his special ability to himself until it’s absolutely necessary that he use it, and he may need it when called upon to retrieve an old friend and bring them to Village before it closes to newcomers.
I liked this book more than Gathering Blue. Right away, it felt more like a book in a series. It was nice to see what happened to some of the beloved characters we’d met earlier. And Matty was the most entertaining character in the previous book anyway. It’s certainly an easy read. it only took me a couple of days. I was only disappointed by the end which is why I had to rate it a little lower. I’m looking forward to the last book in the quartet, called Son.
I rate this book a 3/5.