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Messenger de Lois Lowry

Messenger (original: 2004; edição: 2006)

de Lois Lowry (Autor)

Séries: The Giver Quartet (3)

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In this novel that unites characters from "The Giver" and "Gathering Blue," Matty, a young member of a utopian community that values honesty, conceals an emerging healing power that he cannot explain or understand.
Autores:Lois Lowry (Autor)
Informação:Laurel Leaf (2006), 176 pages
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Messenger de Lois Lowry (2004)


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So in elementary school, my teacher made us read The Giver as a class. The ending has the main character and a baby in a sled during a storm. This is clearly Leader, who runs village. However, when we read The Giver my teacher said the 'lights' were NOT a village and was actually the main character dying. So HA teacher. I was right.

Anyway, this was a pretty interesting follow up. I'd read the Giver and Gathering Blue before without realizing they were connected until the end of Gathering Blue (which I read second). So having the characters of those two books make appearances was pretty cool. Actually, it should be done more often. Just have characters from past books make little appearances. Like little inside jokes shared with the authors faithful readers.

Back to my topic, the book was pretty good. More simple than what I like but it is a younger YA book (11-3) and not really a teen (14-18) book. Of course any age can read any book, I am merely generalizing the "intended audience" range. The main character, Matty, is the village messenger and he lives with Seer is adoptive father but all if the welcoming people of Village aren't acting like themselves and want to close the Village to outsiders. Of course he's super naive, but he's got special powers which make it up to him to save the Village from themselves. The book left some loose ends (again, I'm not sure if this character at the end actually died) and it's never explained HOW the people just suddenly become mean. I'd like to know!! So because of that this novel can't possibly get a 5 in my book. ( )
  Nikki_Sojkowski | Aug 26, 2021 |
This book is very, very sad. But also very good, just like the other books Lois Lowry has written (The Giver, etc.) Be prepared to shed tears, or at least feel depressed for a while after reading it. However, it will be worth it. ( )
  candyharlot | Aug 19, 2021 |
I'm not entirely sure what the point of Messenger was. It wasn't a particularly bad book, just not hugely interesting, especially compared to The Giver or Gathering Blue.

A direct sequel to Gathering Blue, Messenger only had very little to do with The Giver. Technically Leader is Jonas, but there's nothing in particular to say that he had to be. He can see beyond (which apparently means far more than it ever did in The Giver), but that's about it. I think I would have liked Messenger a bit more had it just been the second book in a trilogy or if I'd never seen the series label on Goodreads--although chances are I wouldn't have even read it had that been the case...

On top of that, Messenger is all questions with no answers. How do the various gifts work? Why is the Forest growing thicker? Why does no one stop Kira? Who is the Trademaster and what are they actually doing? Unlike The Giver (although closer to Gathering Blue), we don't get even hints of answers. Just mystery on top of mystery until the book ends...

Where once again, we are left with an unsatisfactory cliffhanger. What happened to Matty? I get more or less what he was trying to do and it seems he succeeded, but how? Why was it necessary? What happens next?

Characterwise, I don't really feel as much for Matty as I did for either Jonas or Kira. I didn't care for him one way or the other in Gathering Blue and that hasn't really changed in Messenger. He has a bit more depth and a few more years, but that's about it. He hasn't really grown that much, either before the book starts or even by the time it ends.

It did still like the writing. It didn't quite drag me along as well as the first two entries in the series, but it did a fair bit better at it than most books do, so there still is that. And it's an interesting world, no doubt there. I just wish by now (three books in...) we'd finally know a bit more about it.

So it goes. If this were the first book in the series, I doubt I would read the second. Given that I'm already at three of four (and they're short), I'll give Son a try. We shall see how that goes. ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
Yes, I finished this (the third book in the series) after I finished the fourth book. I left my copy of this book on a plane, and had to order another copy. However, I had the fourth book with me on vacation, and asked my son to fill me in on what I'd missed in this book, which got me where I needed to be for the fourth book.

I'm very glad that I actually finished reading this book. While my son did a stellar job at describing what happened, it was of course more engaging in the author's words. I really liked the message of people using their gifts, even if it means sacrifice for the greater good.

This book also did a good job of tying together the series, which was something I was unsure about after reading the second book. ( )
  ssperson | Apr 3, 2021 |
Lowry ties together the stories in The Giver and Gathering Blue, giving us more insight into this world she has created and teaching the reader more important lessons. ( )
  EmScape | Mar 14, 2021 |
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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.
adicionado por Aerrin99 | editarNew York Times, Hazel Rochman (May 16, 2004)
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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