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Messenger Trouble is brewing in Village Once a utopian community that welcomed strangers Village will soon be cut off to all outsiders As one of the few able to traverse the forbidding Forest Matty must deliv

  • Title: Messenger
  • Author: Lois Lowry
  • ISBN: 9780544340657
  • Page: 270
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Trouble is brewing in Village Once a utopian community that welcomed strangers, Village will soon be cut off to all outsiders As one of the few able to traverse the forbidding Forest, Matty must deliver the message of Village s closing and try to convince Seer s daughter Kira to return with him before it s too late But Forest is now hostile to Marry, too, and he must riTrouble is brewing in Village Once a utopian community that welcomed strangers, Village will soon be cut off to all outsiders As one of the few able to traverse the forbidding Forest, Matty must deliver the message of Village s closing and try to convince Seer s daughter Kira to return with him before it s too late But Forest is now hostile to Marry, too, and he must risk everything to fight his way through it.

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    1. Lois Lowry

      Taken from Lowry s website I ve always felt that I was fortunate to have been born the middle child of three My older sister, Helen, was very much like our mother gentle, family oriented, eager to please Little brother Jon was the only boy and had interests that he shared with Dad together they were always working on electric trains and erector sets and later, when Jon was older, they always seemed to have their heads under the raised hood of a car That left me in between, and exactly where I wanted most to be on my own I was a solitary child who lived in the world of books and my own vivid imagination.Because my father was a career military officer an Army dentist I lived all over the world I was born in Hawaii, moved from there to New York, spent the years of World War II in my mother s hometown Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and from there went to Tokyo when I was eleven High school was back in New York City, but by the time I went to college Brown University in Rhode Island , my family was living in Washington, D.C.I married young I had just turned nineteen just finished my sopho year in college when I married a Naval officer and continued the odyssey that military life requires California Connecticut a daughter born there Florida a son South Carolina Finally Cambridge, Massachusetts, when my husband left the service and entered Harvard Law School another daughter another son and then to Maine by now with four children under the age of five in tow My children grew up in Maine So did I I returned to college at the University of Southern Maine, got my degree, went to graduate school, and finally began to write professionally, the thing I had dreamed of doing since those childhood years when I had endlessly scribbled stories and poems in notebooks.After my marriage ended in 1977, when I was forty, I settled into the life I have lived ever since Today I am back in Cambridge, Massachusetts, living and writing in a house dominated by a very shaggy Tibetan Terrier named Bandit For a change of scenery Martin and I spend time in Maine, where we have an old it was built in 1768 farmhouse on top of a hill In Maine I garden, feed birds, entertain friends, and readMy books have varied in content and style Yet it seems that all of them deal, essentially, with the same general theme the importance of human connections A Summer to Die, my first book, was a highly fictionalized retelling of the early death of my sister, and of the effect of such a loss on a family Number the Stars, set in a different culture and era, tells the same story that of the role that we humans play in the lives of our fellow beings.The Giver and Gathering Blue, and the newest in the trilogy Messenger take place against the background of very different cultures and times Though all three are broader in scope than my earlier books, they nonetheless speak to the same concern the vital need of people to be aware of their interdependence, not only with each other, but with the world and its environment.My older son was a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force His death in the cockpit of a warplane tore away a piece of my world But it left me, too, with a wish to honor him by joining the many others trying to find a way to end conflict on this very fragile earth.I am a grandmother now For my own grandchildren and for all those of their generation I try, through writing, to convey my passionate awareness that we live intertwined on this planet and that our future depends upon our caring , and doing , for one another.

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    1. I did love this book, I was so happy to find out what happened to Jonas and Gabe after the heartbreaking ending of The Giver. One criticism is that while I found the sub-plot of the Trademart to be very interesting it seemed to just fade off without any explanation. Where did the Trader come from? How was he able to take a persons inner-most selfwas it magic? Kira, Leader and Matty all seem to have magical powerswhere did their powers come from. Their world seems to be oursere are references to [...]


    2. This book was terrible. And stupid.It pains me to say so, because (as everyone likely knows by now) The Giver is one of my most favorite books of all time. In this book, we get to see Jonas again (and even Gabe, for a moment) so I thought for sure it would tie things together and give me some emotional resolution. And while it was good to see what happened to Jonas (even though he is never called by that name in this book, it's clearly Jonas) there were too many other major flaws for me to enjoy [...]


    3. Arrrrrgh! (In the best way)I was 15 pages from the end and said to my husband, "I don't see how this is going to end!" So when I get to the end, I moaned, and he asked whether it was a bad ending, to which I replied, "Really good--but bad."And that is all I can tell you. This is one you really must read if you have not. I think I might even read it again to really "get" it. If you can, start with The Giver and go right through to Gathering Blue and then Messenger. I have not enjoyed a related se [...]


    4. This one starts to tie things together and characters from the previous two books are back again. But overall?Eh. This one follows Matty as he lives his new life in Village. Several years have passed since Gathering Blue. He has lost his "uneducated" slang way of speaking and now talks totally "normal." He pretty much has a completely different personality. He has been civilized. Not that it's a bad thing, but I definitely noticed a huge change. The plot of this very short book (less than 200 pa [...]


    5. WELL. I didn't expect to be so torn up after finishing thisbut. WHAT EVEN, OMG. HOW CAN IT END LIKE THAT? THIS IS UNFAIR. GET ME BOOK 4 ASAP BEFORE I LOSE MY SANITY. (Yeah, yeah, already lost it but shhh don't get too caught up on details.) ANYWAY. This book is incredible. I confess to not loving Gathering Blue, but I think that was more because I was confused it wasn't directly about The Giver. But this quartet IS all tied together in knots. It's really awesome, and the cameos make me squee ins [...]


    6. Here's the second companion piece to The Giver. I liked this one better than the first, Gathering Blue. Actually, it had potential to be a great book, but it's like Lowry forgot her plot lines and things just fell off at the end of the book. The first two books, The Giver and Gathering Blue deal with utopian societies. This book takes place in a village with all the outcasts from these utopian societies. It's called the village of the Broken, people with some deformity, disfigurement or handicap [...]


    7. I think this is the most boring book of the series so far. Very little happened really, although we did get one revelation (view spoiler)[ Matty is a healer. (hide spoiler)] Otherwise I spent most of this book bored. 5 out of 10["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>


    8. I'm a bit torn on this. I didn't enjoy it as much as I did the two previous novels in this "series," but it had such a powerful ending and the extreme geek in me was so excited that it united all three of the books together in such a good way It's just hard for me.Matty didn't appeal to me as much as Jonas or Kira had in the previous novels, and while his struggles were interesting I felt it focused entirely too much on the journey through the forest while I was really wanting to know more about [...]


    9. Messenger is the third book after The Giver and Gathering Blue. Readers who were dissatisfied by the vague ending of The Giver will appreciate the glimpse of Gabe and Jonas' important role as Leader of Village. Matty, who befriended Kira in Gathering Blue, is the main character in Messenger. He is anticipating earning his true name, which he hopes will be Messenger. He knows all the paths of the mysterious forest, which becomes more and more sinister as the story progresses. Village, under Jonas [...]


    10. The third (and final?) installment of The Giver books. The Giver was more uptopic/dystopic worlds, Gathering Blue had a Sci-Fi feel, and this one was more fantastical. I enjoyed it very much.One complaint: if I met the reader on the street (I audio booked it) I would say, "Hey guy, SLOW DOWN! St. Elsewhere has been cancelled; what are your rushing off to?"Addendum: The more I thought about this book since completing it, the more annoyed I became. It just ends so abruptly. What happened? I know w [...]


    11. This third book in the author's The Giver Quartet features characters from both The Giver and Gathering Blue. The author continues to build a very convincing fantasy world in which individuals with a variety of physical and/or emotional wounds as a consequence of life in a dystopian community are welcomed into Village, a place where they are valued and where their individual gifts are recognized and nurtured.As I expected from this author, the very strong undercurrent of spirituality is continue [...]


    12. I gave books 1 and 2 five stars so don't let this rating deter you from reading the series!I really enjoyed seeing books 1 and 2 connect and I loved seeing all my characters a few years down the line. But the plot really dragged for me and I found that I really didn't enjoy reading this. Not because it was terrible, it just wasn't overly interesting to me. The ending was extremely dramatic so that was good I guess, but the story had sort of already lost me by then. I will for sure be continuing [...]


    13. With the Messenger, there are a few familiar faces, but it is kind of a brand new setting.We follow Matty, after his dog Branch has died, as he lives in the village with Lira's blind father, named the Seer. Gradually Matty starts noticing changes in those around him and while the village was once welcoming to those who were escaping, they now do not want newcomers.I'm still not sure what to make of this series. It seems each book could be read on their own and there is very little overlap. I am [...]


    14. 5 stars. I honestly cannot think of one thing I didn't like about this book. IT WAS SO GOOD. Full of surprises and twists and allegories and ugh ugh UGH I'M NO GOOD AT WRITING REVIEWS FOR BOOKS THAT I REALLY LOVED. Because I can't do anything but fangirl and babble incoherently. :''') IT'S FINE. I can't even make a list of things I liked and didn't like because I LIKED EVERYTHING. Even the ending, as it broke my heart into little smithereens. *cries into a pillow* The characters were filled with [...]


    15. I am speechless. This book has literally blown my mind away. This is the third book written by Lois Lowry, after "The Giver" and "Gathering Blue". If you were dissatisfied with the end of The Giver, I highly recommend this book, as you'll realize what has truly happened to Jonas and Gabe. The "Messenger" focuses on Matty, a character who briefly appeared in "Gathering Blue". We can see that everything is doing fine in the village he is currently living, but something ominous is approaching. Is n [...]


    16. I LOVED The Messenger! Now I finally understand how it is a companion novel to The Giver and Gathering Blue. It is just fantansic how Lois Lowry separates the three villages, showing how the flaws of Jonas and Kira's towns had flaws which can tear people apart and in Village where people are drawn together, caring for one another in community. What happens when selfishness, jealousy, vanity, greed, pretty much the seven deadly sins come into play: The Messenger is heart-wrenching and the ending [...]


    17. #3 of the Giver series and this one may be the turning point for me in the series, in a good way. But it also scares me how it still resonates today, especially in the wake of this awful 2016 US Presidential Election.Some of those who had been among the most industrious, the kindest, and the most stalwart citizens of Village now went to the platform and shouted their wish that the border be closed so that 'we' (Matty shuddered at the use of 'we') would not have to share the resources anymore. Hm [...]


    18. This wasn't as good as the first two books. I still enjoyed the storyline and the style of writing, but it just seemed a bit more sloppy and rushed. It wasn't explained well at all. What exactly were the people in the Village trading? Why couldn't Matty use just a part of his gift? What happened when they got back? It just had too many loose ends and vague plot holes. Moving on to the last book, hoping it will tie everything together better.


    19. My heart feels like it's been shredded. Shredded like like Look at me, already having to cut myself off so as not to spoil anythingIS BOOK, GUYS. The Giver was all right, though a bit of a disappointment. Gathering Blue was really good - I liked it quite a lot. *nodnod* But Messenger?? EXCUSE ME WHILE I GO SOB IN A CORNER.Me at the beginning of the book: Yeah, this is good! I like Matty. I'm intrigued. This is a darn good story.Me by the end of the book: AKDJOAKEGNEVDF WHYYYYYY??? AAAAAAAAAAHHHH [...]


    20. It's not that this book was bad per se. It is like the others in this series, beautifully written and deals with beloved characters. However, it would be a stretch to say I liked it. First, the plot elements are mystical which has never really happened before and I found totally out of place in the world. The series has toyed here and there with fantastic ideas, but they could be explained, if at a stretch. The Messenger is dealing with things like sentient forests and paranormal powers and it c [...]


    21. المدهش في هذه السلسلة الرائعة من الاربع روايات التي كتبتها لويس لاوريان بين كل جزء والاخر مالا يقل عن 5 سنوات!مع انك حين تقرأها تشعر انها جميعا كتبت في فترة واحدة وانها مترابطة بشكل غريبوهذا طبعا له عامل كبير ان النشر في بلد الكاتبة بيكون ناتج عن تعب فريق كامل وليس فرد واحدفي [...]


    22. This sequel is set in the same fictional-but-strangely-like-our-own world as The Giver and Gathering Blue. In it, in another lively and exciting story, Lowry continues to examine ideals and problems of socialism. She also brings in a heated immigration debate. I've really enjoyed the whole group of these books.However, the very end of this one made me mad. I don't know what I expected, and I probably wouldn't have minded it, actually, except that she chose to include some hints earlier in the bo [...]


    23. Reference: The Giver (book #1), Gathering Blue (book #2), Messenger (book #3)Let me begin to tell you that I had to re-align my thinking since book #2 because for some reason I had a wrong name in mind. I was quick to forget that the main character in book #1 was Jonas. For some reason when reading book #2 and saw the name Christopher, I pictured Jonas. So throughout book #2 and most of book #3 Christopher was Jonas to me. You can imagine how the story must have been different for me. I suppose [...]


    24. Messenger is the last in the trilogy that commenced with the ever popular The Giver, and which then was followed by Gathering Blue. Unfortunately the first two novels proved to be difficult acts to follow successfully, in my opinion. This story seemed somewhat contrived, haphazard and written with less creative flow. I was left with a lot of unanswered questions by the end, and felt slightly ripped off and let down. Ultimately I feel the story had the potential to be so much more. Ah, well, I wo [...]


    25. I was not impressed with this follow up book to The Giver and Gathering Blue. I felt no emotional ties to this book or the characters even though the characters were not new to the story. This totally missed the mark for me. Hopeful that Lowry will finish strong in the final installment to this series. I only recommend this book if you want to have a few answers from book 1. Did not like the plot at all!


    26. This book is really good you finally find out what happened to Jonas and Gabe. The end is pretty good but you may be disapointed. The forest is finally at peace.


    27. Messenger is the third installment in author Lois Lowry's young adult, dystopian series: The Giver Quartet. It was so nice to see how these books are beginning to thread together. I was wondering for a while if each book was more like a standalone experience versus an ongoing story, but now I know! Messenger is my favorite in this series so far. It enjoyed seeing familiar characters, and I felt more emotion while reading this one than I did the others. The dystopian world many authors in this ge [...]


    28. Okay, so upon completing The Giver trilogy, I was a little upset. Within the first few chapters all three books were tied together. I have three questions after reading it: (The following questions contain spoilers)1) How were the changes occurring? - While it was clear that the Trade Mart was the root of the evil, it was never clear how that all operated. The Mentor traded his deepest inner self, but were the others trading the same? Whatever it was, their trading for comfort, ease and entitlem [...]


    29. This is the third of the Giver series. It is a very different book from the first two. There are more fantastic/magical elements here, and it's kind of depressing. OK, like, actually depressing. Messenger brings up the issues of dis/ability and inequality again. And, this is an interesting portrait of dystopia/utopia. As a person long interested in both, I loved the way that the dystopia shifts toward a happier world in Kira's village, and the utopia of Village - which is, in so many ways, just [...]


    30. 4.5 StarsI am really loving this series. It seemed like finally we get to a community in this new "Giver" world, who get it right. Everyone is loving and respectful. alas, all is not so my friend. We had the Trade-master.My friends, what would you trade?? Would you trade your sanity, your love, your true self; for a bit of fun and games?? When the world turns ugly, we need a hero. One who is willing to sacrifice. Great story, some tie-ins that help with moving the first book forward and having o [...]


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