Ok, okay, so I know that The Giver is no longer a trilogy but a quartet. . .
But come on, it WAS a trilogy until Lois Lowry published the fourth book in the series, Son, which of course I need to pick up ASAP.
Gathering Blue is a dystopian society where Kira is revered for her talent, but at what price? This story reminded me a little bit of M. Night Shyamalan’s movie, The Village, although Gathering Blue is more complicated.
Messenger was very moving. It connected both The Giver and Gathering Blue and had a lot of environmental commentary hidden inside the storyline. Matty, a child that Kira befriended in Gathering Blue, discovers that he has a power as well, which can be used at a huge cost. Messenger also touches on immigration, and what I can only assume are Lowry’s thoughts on the U.S. immigration policy.
Now don’t get my wrong, Lowry doesn’t come right out and say anything about the U.S. immigration policy, but through her characters and the situations involved in Messenger, it’s clear that she’s stating her opinion without shoving it down your throat.
Have you read The Giver? Check out Gathering Blue and Messenger as well. They were fabulous pieces of a series and also seem to be able to stand alone.
Now let me get my hands on Son. . .
Have you thought about reading the sequels to The Giver?