Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Messenger--Lois Lowry

Those of you who've read The Giver and Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry will not be disappointed with her latest installment, Messenger. Messenger ties both novels together--the Leader in Messenger's world is from The Giver, and Matty and Kira are from Gathering Blue. This new book is set in a different village, in a time not long after Gathering Blue takes place.
The basic premise is that there's a new utopian village where people are treated nicely and everybody has a role in society and a "true name." Naturally, something starts to go wrong--people start trading their souls for material goods, the forbidden forest becomes evil, and the once-welcoming villagers want to build a wall and not let anymore foreigners in. It's up to Matty to save the day.

I enjoyed this book. I know some people wanted more of a link with the Giver and wanted more questions answered, but this wasn't Jonas' story. It was Matty's story. It does answer the big question from the Giver (did Jonas survive?).

Reading: Don't know yet
On My Nightstand: Truth About Forever--Dessen (which has been there forever)

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