Part Three of the Giver Quartet is Lois Lowry’s Messenger, a moving novel about selfishness and how it will destroy even perfect societies. I don’t want to give away too much here, but in Messenger we see characters from The Giver and Gathering Blue coming together in ways that they would never have expected.
We follow Matty who lives in Village, a place that has long welcomed the weak and downtrodden, those who have been cast aside and forgotten, especially because of some weakness that they have. The people of Village value a person’s greatest strength, even when that strength is only possible because of a weakness. There is a blind man named Seer, because of how intuitive he is and the gift he has for “seeing” without the use of his eyes.
Something wicked has entered this village, and Matty, the boy who carries messages from one community to another is caught in the middle of it all.
I learned from this book how important it is to value people for being people. We are often too caught up in our own self-image and in establishing our own worth to recognize the worth of others and see the good that they do, or even the good that they are capable of doing. When we lose that ability, we lose our friends and family and those closest to us.
Even though I did glen some important perspectives from Messenger, I don’t feel like it was as strong as Lowry’s other work. If you’re planning to read the entire Giver quartet, you must read this one, as it is simultaneously the sequel to The Giver and Gathering Blue.
Son won’t make sense without having read Messenger.
(I’m reading Son right now, and it is fantastic!)