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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Book Review: I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak

Summary: Grade 9 Up - Nineteen-year-old cabbie Ed Kennedy has little in life to be proud of: his dad died of alcoholism, and he and his mom have few prospects for success. He has little to do except share a run-down apartment with his faithful yet smelly dog, drive his taxi, and play cards and drink with his amiable yet similarly washed-up friends. Then, after he stops a bank robbery, Ed begins receiving anonymous messages marked in code on playing cards in the mail, and almost immediately his life begins to swerve off its beaten-down path. Usually the messages instruct him to be at a certain address at a certain time. So with nothing to lose, Ed embarks on a series of missions as random as a toss of dice: sometimes daredevil, sometimes heartwarmingly safe. He rescues a woman from nightly rape by her husband. He brings a congregation to an abandoned parish. The ease with which he achieves results vacillates between facile and dangerous, and Ed's search for meaning drives him to complete every task. But the true driving force behind the novel itself is readers' knowledge that behind every turn looms the unknown presence - either good or evil - of the person or persons sending the messages. Zusak's characters, styling, and conversations are believably unpretentious, well conceived, and appropriately raw. Together, these key elements fuse into an enigmatically dark, almost film-noir atmosphere where unknowingly lost Ed Kennedy stumbles onto a mystery - or series of mysteries - that could very well make or break his life.

My Review: I thought this book was amazing. Markus Zusak, is a great writer, he brings the story to life. It was humorous and it kept me on the edge of my seat. I do not recommend it to readers under 14 though, because it does contain language and sexual references. However, I thought the book had a great message in it.
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Author's Website: http://www.randomhouse.com/features/markuszusak/
Purchase it at: Amazon.com

8 comments:

Kate said...

This sounds like a great book! I loved "The Book Thief" and think I would enjoy this book. Thanks for the fantastic review :)

...MY NAME IS ELENI AND I AM A BOOKAHOLIC... said...

Cool, how was the Book Theif? I got it on my wishlist

Sassy Brit said...

I haven't read either, but now I'm adding to my TBR list - once again! LOL

Take care,

Sassy
:)

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Sassy Brit said...

Hi! :) Yes, it's me again! LOL

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Sassy
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You have another award to pick up (again)!

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...MY NAME IS ELENI AND I AM A BOOKAHOLIC... said...

OMG! This is awesome, I love ya guys lol :)

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