What’s up, bibliophiles?
I’ve been reading my way through The Giver Quartet and recently finished Messenger, the third book. If you read my reviews of The Giver and Gathering Blue, you’d know that the second book in the series wasn’t really a continuation of the story first introduced in The Giver. Well, Messenger ties up the loose ends and brings the two stories together.
Here’s a little synopsis, without giving away too much of the story (NO SPOILERS!):
Matty has lived in Village and flourished under the guidance of Seer, a blind man known for his special sight. Village once 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 risk everything to make one last journey through the treacherous forest with his only weapon, a power he unexpectedly discovers within himself.
Like the other novels in this series, this story is mainly a commentary on society, self, and how to balance the needs of one against many. It’s a discussion about the power within each of us and how we can utilize that power to affect the world around us. Especially poignant was the perception of “outsiders” in the novel. That part of the story really had an impact on me, considering the world we live in where suspicion comes so naturally. Along those lines, my blogger friend Eve Messenger recently posted a powerful story depicting that same sense of suspicion. See it here.
I loved this novel and thought it did a wonderful job continuing the story in a meaningful and creative way. The character building was as beautiful as ever. If you loved the other novels in this series, you’ll love this one as well. But, BE WARNED, it’s not a story with a happily-ever-after ending. That’s all I’m going to say about that.
Until next time, bibliophiles…