I suppose for the target audience this is a good book. For me, it seemed a little dry and an anti-climatic ending.
If you listened or read the first book of "the giver" then you will enjoy this book also. I really hope that a 4th book will be written. All three have left me wanting to read more. I would recommend this to anyone.
I'll give everything a try
After reading The Giver, I decided to read mesenger. I had hope that this book would be as good as The Giver. I was a bit disapointed however. In this book the author left too much questions unanswered. In The Giver, she did leave some questions out, but thouse aren't impprtant questions. Besides from that this book is great.
Trading, a free market, commerce is evil in this book. Self sacrifice is exhaulted. Huh? How is that a good message for children and how is it even true? If you don't accept that political agenda and message (or if you believe the opposite is true) this book will not hit the mark it is supposed to and you may even find it a bit evil itself. This isn't a message I would want my children to read and if they did I would have to follow it up with a sanity restoring except from Atlas Shrugged to save their sense of rational thought and reason. I could not diagree with it more.
Aside from that, it creeps slowly along, and the ending is disappointing. It seems there is way more detail than necessary in such a short book and I found the characters not hallf as compelling as in the Giver. A disappointment.