I am completely in love with the entire Giver quartet so far, and this third book is no exception!
This book follows Matty, whom we met in Gathering Blue, and his journey of self-discovery as he finds a power/gift within himself that he never had before.
As in the other books, we are introduced to a community where everything seems peaceful and content, but there is a dark secret in this seemingly happy society and there is a mystery for Matty to solve. It’s never what I think it’s going to be! I’m always surprised at the mystery, and so impressed with the deep social themes that are addressed.
Every main character in the books so far has discovered some kind of gift. With Jonas, it was the gift of seeing “Beyond”. With Kira, she has the gift of her embroidery, and now Matty is blessed with a mysterious gift as well. I love the supernatural elements in every story, but they are especially evident in this book.
I really wondered about the Forest while I was reading Gathering Blue, since everyone seemed afraid of it, as if the trees were sentient and aware. In this book, the nature of the Forest is explored in more detail. The Forest actually becomes a villain and a character of its own! The writing is really brilliant!
The best thing about the writing is that deep and complex themes, like social injustice and the nature of man, identity and memory and the meaning of love, are all written about in such an exciting way! The moral lessons are so seamlessly included in the action of the story that it never feels preachy, and it’s not until the end of the book that you realize… “Oh yeah. That was a moral lesson too!” Simply genius writing!
Matty is such a vibrant and energetic character. He’s curious about everything and is very observant of the world around him. Seeing everything through his eyes was perfect! The action and mystery and suspense are all wonderful! I was on the edge of my seat to the very last page!