Tuesday, January 24

Book Review: Messenger

Title: Messenger

Author: Lois Lowry

Pages: EBook (109)

Summary: 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.

My Rating: 7.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: While The Giver remains to be my favourite book, this was a well written and overall good wrap up to the trilogy. It answered a few questions left up in the air from the previous two book, and was a fairly good story.

Although I had a few issues with it, including how the ending felt rushed to get there, and there seemed to be a few inconsistencies with what I learned in previous books, although my memory is foggy on the exact details behind Jonas' abilities, but I remember them being slightly different than what was shown in this book. Overall, it was a good book, and the author managed to tie all the stories together quiet well. I couldn't help but grin when I read about the sled.

I like how there was a big time gap between the previous book, but I also disliked it. Because there were a few things that weren't properly explained, while others were tied up an brought into the story to finally answer questions. I think the main issue here is that it is a book for children, so the in-depth answers I want, just won't be there. I was confused by "forest" although I liked that element of magical realism in the book, I was also looking for a better explanation in how it tied into the story as a whole - I think this is also an issue that it's meant for a younger audience, so a in-depth explanation and analysis is just not going to be covered in the book. But it was still a very enjoyable read, and a great book to end the trilogy.

Would I recommend it to read:  I would, the first book in the series was a childhood favourite, and this book answered some of the questions that were left up in the air from both the first and second books in the trilogy. Like with the other books in the trilogy, it's good choice for young readers - especially if they are interested in fantasy, magical realism or dystopian/utopian.

What to read next: If you haven't read the Giver or Gathering Blue yet those. Although I think you would need to read Gathering Blue before this one. The Chrysalids by John Wyadham would be a good book if you're looking for similar children's/YA books in the genre.

Challenges: 12 in 12, 100+ Challenge, Ebook Challenge, Speculative Fiction Challenge



12 comments:

  1. I finished this trilogy last year and was really pleased to find that I enjoyed the other two companion reads as much as I did; it's hard to match The Giver, when you've counted it amongst your faves, but I did enjoy them quite a bit on their own terms. As you've said, they're wrapped up enough, without being overly tidy.

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    1. Agreed, it is very hard to match the Giver. It's also among my favourites, I love how a book I read almost 14 years ago, still affects me.

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  2. Oh, I am so glad that you had a good experience with this one and that it tied up the series nicely for you. You have inspired me to read all three of these books, and not just stop after the first, which is what I had initially planned on doing. Great and very persuasive review today, Jules! You've got me itching to start these now!

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    1. You should definitely read the series, or at least the Giver, well worth reading, and well worth reading right away. Hope you enjoy the book when you do get a chance to read it!

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  3. The Giver is a favorite of mine too, and I enjoyed the other two, just not quite as much as The Giver. I'll have to check out The Chrysalids.

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    1. The Chrysalids was a good book. SciFi/dystopian genre. Like with Gathering Blue, imperfections are shunned and killed/left to die. Actually there are quite a lot of similarities between Gathering Blue and the The Chrysalids not that I think of it.

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  4. I love the entire trilogy, but The Giver is an absolute masterpiece. I think she's a tremendous writer.

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    1. I agree with you - The Giver is an absolute masterpiece. Glad to see others who enjoy it as much as I do.

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  5. I read The Giver ages ago - I really need to finish the series!

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    1. Finishing the series is a must! I hope you get a chance to do it do!

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  6. I love how you structure your reviews! Anyway, I liked "Gathering Blue" and "The Messenger," but I agree that neither were as good as "The Giver." I thought The Messenger got a bit preachy, whereas I don't remember that with The Giver. GREAT book--The Giver.

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    1. Yes, the Messenger did get preachy a few times didn't it?

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