Reviewed by Caroline S (age 10)
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The Messenger is a suspenseful tale that will mystify readers everywhere. I absolutely loved this book up until the bittersweet ending. This book has surprises around every corner that will change the whole book and the way you think. Lois Lowry does an amazing job of slipping emotion into every crack. You will feel what the characters are feeling and you will bond with some and utterly hate others. I think that during this book, Mattie changed a lot. I think that he learned a lot about the secrets of the world he lived in and that there are powerful forces just waiting to suck you in. I think that Mattie has also learned about himself in a way that only he could explain. While reading this book, I began to wonder what the future would really be like. I don't want the world to be changed by cruel and evil forces. I also really like the way that Lois Lowry writes because she doesn't tell you exactly what happens but gives you one small hint that tells you though you want to pretend it wasn't true. This book takes characters from The Giver and Gathering Blue, but you can read it without reading those.
I will recommend this book to anyone who enjoys dark stories and can handle an intense plot. This is a mature book that I won't recommend to anyone under fourth grade.