The Messenger (The Giver #3)

Messenger (The Giver, #3)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
The Giver
Gathering Blue


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.


I have been thoroughly enjoying The Giver quartet. I think the books are quick and easy to read. I have mixed feelings about The Messenger. I loved the cameos from the previous books, but I didn’t feel as excited by it as I would have liked.

The Messenger takes place in a village with all of the outcasts from utopian societies. People with some sort of deformity or disfigurement are put into the Village of The Broken. Everyone accepts one another, no matter what the reason for them being ousted from their society. Unfortunately, this society doesn’t take long to become corrupt. Auctions called Trademart start up, where people can trade one good thing for another. People start to trade part of their souls in order to fix their disfigurements. People start to be horrible to one another and it becomes a terrible place to live. A messenger goes out to let the rest of society know that the Village of The Broken is closing down the village, so no new outcasts can come in. The messenger has a secret power though, which will either help or hurt the village.

Lois Lowry’s writing is stunning to read and the story itself is intriguing if a little confusing at points!

Would I recommend it?:

An intriguing storyline which is a little confusing, but well written all the same!