by Lois Lowry
Quote: "Someone is coming to help us," she said. "It's the man with the blue eyes."~ Kira
started: Feb.1, 2012
finished: Feb. 3, 2012
From the cover:
For the past six years, Matty has lived in Village and flourished under the guidance of Seer, a blind man, known for his special sight. Village was a place that welcomed newcomers, but something sinister has seeped into the Village and people have voted to close it to outsiders. Matty has been invaluable as a messenger. Now he must make one last journey through the treacherous forest with his only weapon, a power he unexpectedly discovers within himself.
I loved this little MG trilogy. If you haven't read all 3 you will not understand the "big picture". These books were meant to be read together. Each "story" gives you a little more into the whole. I really like the message. While this book is listed as dystopian or fantasy, I see it as a christian book. I know some will strongly disagree, and I'm alright with that. To each their own and, isn't that part of the joy of reading anyway? To have different opinions on the same books(sometimes).
So, I feel like Forest is God. It isn't evil it is simply reminding the people that it is in control. When people started "trading" and the "sin" was known, Forest took action.
I think Lois Lowry wanted us to see that each of us have a talent or gift and there sometimes is a need for it at a specific time. Some of us discover our talents by our own doing while others(as in Gathering Blue with Kira), it is known from a young age, noticed by others first. In the Giver, Jonas is given a job and then "trained" to use his gift. With Thomas, Kira and Jo being taken to a secluded place, almost a prison, I feel sometimes we do get "stuck" in our talents or "jobs". We feel we aren't usable for anything but what we have been trained to do. We feel as though our "captors" while with good intentions, sometimes try to control us.
Through these books we learn that there are rules and limits for a reason, but with free will, we sometimes get off track or make a bad decision that will effect many people or even the environment. However you interpret these books I hope it brought you joy and at least made you think outside the box.
I would give this book(and the trilogy) 4 stars!
Here is a direct link to Lois Lowry's web page and books, enjoy!