Sunday, October 7, 2012

I Am The Messenger Review

Title: I Am The Messenger

Author: Markus Zusak
Illustrator: David Goldin
Genre: Mystery
Age: 12+
Pages: 357 (Paperback)
Publisher: Knopf Books

        Ed Kennedy is an under aged cab driver with no plans or goals in life. He spends his nights playing cards with his friends and on his days off he hangs around his old shack with his coffee loving dog named the Doorman. Ed is what we call a man with a routine. Day in and day out he drives people, plays cards, and talks to his dog. That is until he happens to stop a bank robbery. Soon after the publicity and news articles, Ed receives a playing card. An ace to be exact. With it are street names written on the back. Now Ed must help people he doesn't know in order to fulfill his destiny as a messenger!

        I Am the Messenger was very interesting in its own way. The characters were extremely detailed and deep. All of them had more flaws then good qualities mostly because of their past. I liked how at the end you saw more and more of the characters backgrounds and soon learned to appreciate them more. They were very sarcastic and witty, which made me like stepping in the protagonists shoes.

        This novel made me fall head over heels for it and I didn't know why. The themes and messages were very well done and the novel was created so well to deliver them. It's funny really that I didn't realize it by reading the title. Anyways I enjoyed the themes that small acts can change someone else's life. This is a quote which explains it perfectly at the end of the novel. "If a guy like you can stand up and do what you did, then maybe everyone can. Maybe everyone can live beyond what they're capable of."
Doesn't that just give you the chills?

        The only concern I had with this book is that some of the messages delivered by Ed seemed way too simple and fast. Especially the ones towards the end. It seemed as if the author wanted to finish them quickly and go on to his grand finale. Of course this was quite insignificant considering the amazingness of this novel.

        I greatly recommend anyone to pick this book up. Regardless of your genre preference it'll blow you away!

Available on Amazon

Rating: 4/5





Wow this does sound like a great read. I still have to read The Book Theif but this one seems like it's more my style of book. Great review! +New GFC follower!
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Hey Kimberly, It is quite interesting. I had my doubts and did not think I would click aswell with this book. I started reading the Book Thief in English class and while I like the writing I beleive it is too slow for me. I'm glad the author proved to me that he can bring out some decent books. Thanks for following!

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Read this book this year and thoroughly enjoyed it. Have you read any other of Zusak's work? He's one of my favourite authors.

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