I guess it's a good thing that I didn't read this book immediately after reading The Giver and Gathering Blue. If I had, I probably would've trashed this book, for it does a poor job of following up on the series. Gaps are obvious in the development of characters and many things are left unexplained. Such as it is, I've forgotten much about Jonas in The Giver so I'm not too tormented about his inexplicable transformation into the leader of a village. I'm also not too troubled about the pervasive magical realism in the story, which is quite a departure from the previous two books. The plot is gripping enough for me, especially the last part, where Jonas, Kira and Matty are reunited at last. It's a poignant scene that almost moved me to tears....Continua
I don't know if it is because I've read it at the right age, or if it's actually better, but I still think that The Giver is the best book in this trilogy.
Still, Messenger was a beautiful book, and this is one trilogy that every kid should read.
I loved reading the three books of this series (The Giver, Gathering Blu, Messenger). Lois Lowry has a deep imagination and a clear and enchanting writing. Otherwise,in the Messenger there are too many questions unanswered, it doesn't feel complete to me. I would love a fourth book......Continua