Thursday, May 14, 2009

Messenger by Lois Lowry (The Giver Trilogy, Book 3)

Books Completed: 78
Completion Date: March, 2009
Pages: 176
Publication Date: January 24, 2006

Reason for Reading: Finish off the trilogy. The Series Challenge Season 3.
For the past six years, Matty has lived in Village and flourished under the guidance of Seer, a blind man, known for his special sight. Village was a place that welcomed newcomers, but something sinister has seeped into Village and the people have voted to close it to outsiders. Matty has been invaluable as a messenger. Now he must make one last journey through the treacherous forest with his only weapon, a power he unexpectedly discovers within himself.
I have decided that in the interest of catching up on the pending reviews that are piling up, I am going to borrow Dewey's review format. I tend to ramble in my own, and that is not conductive to my catch-up plan! The fact that I am having a really hard time reading the last few days is good in the sense that I am not behind even further!

Title and author of book: The Messenger by Lois Lowry

Fiction or non-fiction? Genre? Young Adult Fiction.

What led you to pick up this book? I had read the first two and I was determined that I would finish some trilogies/series this year, so this was my first one!

Summarize the plot, but don’t give away the ending! See above...

What did you like most about the book? The characters. Lowry is very good at writing characters that you can connect with and get to know during the course of the novel. You start to feel for them and appreciate what they are going through.

What did you like least? The ending. Well, the whole book. I couldn't really seem to get into it. I am starting to think that novels of this sort are not really my thing...

Have you read any other books by this author? What did you think of those books? I have read The Giver, Gathering Blue, and most recently, Gossamer by her. I loved Gossamer. I thought it was a great little book! The Giver was good, too, but I was just not a big fan of the other two books in the trilogy!

What did you think of the main character? I did really like the main character. Like I said above, Lowry writes good characters. He was introduced in the previous book, so it was nice to see further development. Plus, characters from the other two books make appearances which was nice.

What about the ending? I thought it was too abrupt. I'll leave it at that.


  1. Love the abrupt ending to this post, too! I mean this kindly, of course. :)
    I've been meaning to read Lois Lowry - how did I not realize The Giver was in a trilogy. oh well.

  2. I've only read The Giver and the other two books are in my wish list for a long, long time...

  3. Ha, I just finished Gathering Blue... :-) This is one is ordered now. And Gossamer. :-) Too bad you didn't like it that much, but well done on finishing a trilogy!

  4. I haven't read anything by Lois Lowry but I'd really like to one day.

  5. I've read The Giver but not The Messenger. I'm going to have to add it to my TBR pile soon.

    You know, I was thinking of using Dewey's format too. IT is much easier and I am backed up with reviews I need to write.

    I hope your weekend is going well.

  6. bkclubcare: lol I thought of that when I posted the review, but I never did go back and add to it!

    Alice: Yeah, I read The Giver 3 or 4 years ago, so I know what you mean!

    Joanna: I hope you enjoy Gossamer. That one I thought was really good!

    Tink: She's a good author and she writes across many different genres.

    Vasilly: Dewey's format is so quick! I will go back to long-winded for books that I loved or when I catch-up. Whatever happens first! lol

  7. I absolutely loved The Giver but haven't read the other 2 books yet.

    Thanks for the review.

  8. I'm a reading and English teacher and have had the wonderful opportunity of teaching both the Giver and Gathering Blue. Since i've started teaching highschool, i've been out of touch with junior high thrilled to see a 3rd book and look forward to reading it. I teach in a boys' prison and this year taught Beowulf, Red Badge of Courage, All Quiet on the Western Front and now will begin Neil Peart's Ghost Rider. For fun I read the 1632 series and have been re-reading some classics such as 1984 and Animal Farm. I was extremely pleased to stumble across your blog...which I found by the way, searching for information on Ghost Rider.

  9. Teddy: I hope you enjoy them when you read them!

    Cheap Tricks: Wow, that's awesome that you are teaching Ghost Rider. I think that is a fantastic memoir! Thanks for stopping by!


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