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Messenger | [Lois Lowry]

Messenger

Six years earlier, Matty had come to Village as a scrappy and devious little boy. Back then, he liked to call himself "the Fiercest of the Fierce." But since that time, Matty has grown almost into a man under the care of Seer, a blind man whose special sight had earned him the name. Now Matty hopes that he will soon be given his true name, and he hopes it will be Messenger. But strange changes are taking place in Village.
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Six years earlier, Matty had come to Village as a scrappy and devious little boy. Back then, he liked to call himself "the Fiercest of the Fierce." But since that time, Matty has grown almost into a man under the care of Seer, a blind man whose special sight had earned him the name. Now Matty hopes that he will soon be given his true name, and he hopes it will be Messenger. But strange changes are taking place in Village. Once a utopian community that prided itself on its welcome to newcomers, Village will soon be closed to all outsiders. As one of the only people able to safely travel through the dangerous 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 has grown hostile to Matty too, and he must risk everything to fight his way through it, armed only with an emerging power he cannot yet explain or understand.

©2004 Lois Lowry; (P)2004 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

"Builds suspense to the last heart-wrenching page." (Booklist)
"Simply and beautifully written..." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Elisa Hong Kong, Hong Kong 02-10-08
    Elisa Hong Kong, Hong Kong 02-10-08 Member Since 2007

    I'll give everything a try

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    "Mesenger"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Randolph, NJ, United States 01-02-12
    Amazon Customer Randolph, NJ, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "beautiful story, beautifully told"

    Excellent storytelling. Inspired me to want to read more from this author; now I have more of her books in my wishlist, to share with my family.

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    Jake Sherman Oaks, CA, United States 11-16-10
    Jake Sherman Oaks, CA, United States 11-16-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Okay story with an okay reader."

    I suppose for the target audience this is a good book. For me, it seemed a little dry and an anti-climatic ending.

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    Linda B Northeast USA 05-16-12
    Linda B Northeast USA 05-16-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Brainwashing for kids"

    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.

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    Bonnie Jo Greek 04-19-14 Member Since 2013

    It is so much easier to teach readers!

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    "A good read"
    Would you listen to Messenger again? Why?

    Yes, I love to listen for clues that tie the quartet together.


    What did you like best about this story?

    :) the creation of yet another utopian society.


    What does David Morse bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    :)


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    :)


    Any additional comments?

    :)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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