I'm a graphic designer turned pastor (or vice versa) living in Blacksburg, Virginia. Fantasy footballer, husband, dad, tech geek, blogger (www.journeyguy.com) and author.
The Giver was a powerfully intriguing book that hinted at humanity's past that was never revealed through the next two books. Gathering Blue seemed to be just filler that I hoped set the stage for a great conclusion in Messenger. I found Messenger, however, to be completely unsatisfying, with plot twists that just didn't fit the overall storyline. The whole evil Forest thing was just too much. It's like Lowry lost her own way in the woods of this tale and couldn't decide what the world of the Giver, Jonas/Leader, Kira and Matty was at its core. Was it magical or naturalistic? Messenger pulled the story decidedly to the former.