Parents' Guide to

Messenger: The Giver, Book 3

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Mythic vibe in engaging story of boy with healing powers.

Book Lois Lowry Fantasy 2014
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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 11+

The Journey

This is a story about a boy who had grown up and now is name Matty. What his objective is to bring the Seer's daughter to the village before it's to late. Matty's task to bring Kira back to the village will be difficult because of how forest is looking. Now that forest is fighting back Matty has difficult time by passing to forest. Reason he is doing this task is because then he would something that will give him respect. Some BIG miracle would happen to change all at the end. The central conflict about the Messenger is how all of the people from the village where Matty lives change their personality by something called a trademart. A theme that fits this book is courage because of how Matty kept fighting forest. I say this book is the best i have read beside Pegauses. The reason i like this book is how Matty sets a promise to bring Kira back to the village no matter what. I would recommend this book to other people because of the it teaches how to keep going and not giving up.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
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age 8+

It left more questions than answers

I'm rather baffled at all the 4 and 5 ratings on The Messenger. I was REALLY enjoying the book, but it ended with more questions than answers. I was annoyed that this book spent so much time reviewing our main characters. I felt that Matty's character could have stood alone w/o all the backstory. Perhaps a little less looking back would have left room to answer so many questions left unanswered. Like what happened to Trademart? And what is going on with the Trademaster. How could he trade people for looks, love, and material items? What is he getting in return and why does he want it? What does this have to do with Forest? There needs to be another book. If not, then don't even waste your time reading this one. The Giver and Gathering Blue should stand alone if The Messenger is the end.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6):
Kids say (38):

Fans of The Giver series who are looking for resolution in MESSENGER may be disappointed. The story's not finished yet. Though readers now know what happened to main characters from previous books, they may be left with a whole host of other questions, especially about the nature of the world and how it's changing.

Lowry's writing is, as always, beautifully textured, and her characters are likable. This story's engaging but less complicated or complex than the other two books in the series. Some readers may want more from the ending, and others may wonder about weakly explained magical factors that move the plot along -- the changing Trade Mart and Forest, for example. But most readers will find those very good reasons to read Book 4. Spoiler alert: A child character dies, sacrificing himself to save the world from the amorphous evil that's tying it up in knots. Some children may find this disturbing.

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