Messenger is the last book in Lois Lowry's loose dystopian trilogy. It tells the further story of Matty, who appears in the second book, Gathering Blue. Matty is now living in Village, a place where all the people kicked out of other communities for being somehow different or 'damaged' have formed a new society where everyone is welcome and respected. Village is ruled by Leader, who is Jonas from The Giver, which I thought was a cool touch. Kira from Gathering Blue also appears.
All is not peaceful though, as some people in Village begin to change. Tensions increase, people start wanting more and more and they are willing to trade anything for it. Anything. Webs of deceit and intolerance form and breaking them will cost some villagers their lives.
I enjoyed reading Messenger, but only about as much as I enjoyed Gathering Blue. Neither can compare with The Giver though! :-)
Challenges: It's the End of the World, Young Adult Challenge