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Messenger

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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

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

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    gatetraveler CA 08-17-09
    gatetraveler CA 08-17-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent! again Excellent"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elisa Hong Kong, Hong Kong 02-10-08
    Elisa Hong Kong, Hong Kong 02-10-08 Member Since 2007
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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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    Justice h campbell 10-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "So the stories finally intertwine?!? Average book."

    The narrator is worse than the first two, but not bad - just average. The first two books finally come together. Unfortunately, the moral values found in the first two books are strangely missing here. The story is good, but this book 3 clearly lags behind the wonderful stories found in the first two books. Again unfortunately, this book should not be skipped though because it finally brings answers to the cliffhangers found in book 1 and 2.

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    Jefferson 09-04-17
    Jefferson 09-04-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Allegory, Eucatastrophe, and Unanswered Questions"

    "Ah hah!" thought I after getting a few chapters into Messenger (2004), when the third book in Lois Lowry's Giver Quartet finally starts making the quartet a quartet in story as well as theme. Messenger shares characters with its isolated predecessors, Jonas from The Giver (1993) and Kira from Gathering Blue (2000) and makes clear that each of the three stories takes place in the same post-apocalypse world of scattered communities that have responded to starting over differently: enforced sameness and suppression of emotion (The Giver), desperate poverty and brutal competition (Gathering Blue), or acceptance of Others and group harmony (Messenger). Each novel features a young protagonist with a special gift and hence a special destiny for their society. Hints in Messenger retroactively make the earlier books' ambiguous endings happier. . .

    Messenger is Matty's story: the little boy who in Gathering Blue is called Matt and has "a dirty face and a mischievous spirit" and boasts that he is "the fiercest of the fierce" and finally brings to Kira both woad and her blind father. At the end of that second book Kira decides to stay in her village to try to improve it, while Matt moves to the blind man's community. Now 14-15, "no longer a boy, but not yet a man," Matty has been living for six years with the blind man, who's called Seer. When people reach a certain age in Village, they receive new names that confirm their roles, and Matty is hoping to some day be called Messenger. He loves carrying messages (telephones being a lost technology), especially when his missions take him through Forest, with which he believes he has a special relationship.

    Although Village has been a eutopia where everybody has work and food and homes and everyone welcomes and helps everyone else (especially refugees and people with disabilities), a cancer has been eating Village. Some years ago a tall, dark-haired, accent-voiced stranger called Trade Master started visiting Village to run Trade Mart, where the adult villagers trade away aspects of their personalities for tawdry and transient desires like handsomeness or a sewing machine. And as more people have been trading more of themselves, Village has been losing its harmony. Mentor (the formerly kind and literary schoolteacher) is leading a movement to close Village to outsiders and to build a big wall around it (ala Trump?). Thus Seer's daughter, Kira, may not be able to move there. (One wonders why Seer, who has deep insight into things, and Leader, who sees beyond, haven't noticed the harmful influence of Trade Mart and banned Trade Master--unless their obtuseness is necessary for Lowry's plot.). Not coincidentally, Forest has begun choking people to death with vines, and though Matty feels sure he and Forest are fine, we may worry about him.

    For Matty is most likeable! Jonas in The Giver and Kira in Gathering Blue are fine protagonists, but Matty has another level of appeal. His conversations with the wise Seer often take a humorous turn, as when the blind man says that if Kira doesn't come soon, "I'll never see her again," and Matty points out, "You can't see her anyway." When Seer says, "I see with my heart," sensitive Matty regrets his obtuse comment. Although he's often comically frank, Matty also lies now and then (something not done in Village), a remnant of his hard, hustling boyhood in Kira's village. He finds cooking "a bother," despite Seer patiently trying to get him to smell and taste the virtues of chopped and sauteed onions. Matty is tired of reading Moby-Dick and wants a gaming machine like the one his friend Ramon's family traded for at Trade Mart. He loves Seer, Jean (the daughter of Mentor), Frolic (the dog Jean gives him), Kira, and Leader. Matty is a charming and real adolescent boy.

    So I don't mind Matty's special gift, healing creatures by laying hands on them, feeling a lightning-like connection, and willing them to be better. He discovered his ability when he held a mutilated frog, felt it die, and healed it back to wholeness and life. His gift terrifies him. Using it is painful and leaves him sick and makes him feel different, and he is unsure what it is, what it means, why it came to him, and what he should do with it. Leader tells Matty, "Don't waste your gift," while Kira refuses to let him heal her crippled leg because it's her.

    Unlike in the first two Quartet books, in this one Lowry writes scary violent action (through Forest) and transcendent and romantic fantasy ("in the place called Beyond, Leader's consciousness met Kira's and they curled around each other like wisps of smoke in greeting"). As with the first two books, she is uninterested in explaining the fantastic elements of her story. Who is Trade Master? Where is he from? What is his goal? Where does he get his machines and fur coats? How can he take someone's love of poetry and make them younger? What is the source of the gifts of Jonas (seeing beyond), Kira (seeing ahead), and Matty (healing)? What makes the sentient malevolence of Forest? Is this novel science fiction or fantasy? Actually, it is an allegory, as in Seer's idea that, "Forest is an illusion, a tangled knot of fears and deceits and dark struggles for power." Allegorically, the novel shows that we tend to exchange what is important and makes us happy for what dehumanizes and sickens us. And that "Our gifts are our [non-violent] weaponry." Especially in its sublime, poignant conclusion (no ambiguity this time), Messenger is (so far) the most overtly Christian allegory of the Quartet.

    David Morse is the perfect reader for the audiobook; his voice is scratchy, wise, and compassionate. And the ending is accompanied by beautiful, uncanny music just right for the devastating and exhilarating eucatastrophe. If you've read the first two books of the Quartet you should read this one, which links them and looks forward to the fourth. I do hope the last book will answer some of the questions raised by this one.

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    Eleanor 08-04-17
    Eleanor 08-04-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Really great"
    Which character – as performed by David Morse – was your favorite?

    The blind man by far!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Sometimes it takes the strength or a youth to save a community.


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    teresakoebke 05-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "It was really good"

    Love it it was the best book I've read in forever I can't believe this

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    Garett W. 05-08-17
    Garett W. 05-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Short, but sweet."

    Great addition to the series. It did a great job of connecting the previous two books. Narrator could have provided a greater contrast in the characters voices, but this is a minor gripe. The narrator did a great job of reading and conveying emotions without changing the volume of his voice much, which I love, because I hate having to change the volume while listening.

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    Kindle Customer 03-25-17
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    "Awesome"

    So glad I downloaded this next book in the series. It ties in the previous books so well. David Morse's voice is perfect for the storyline. Love his frog impression!!!!

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    Kenneth Newcomb 01-27-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A little disappointed."

    This book should just be part of Gathering Blue. Expecting more. Better then Gathering Blue.

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    Cassandra 09-11-16
    Cassandra 09-11-16
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    "not as good as the others"

    some of the details seemed off and the story felt a little weak but still good

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