My first Markus Zusak book was The Book Thief, an epic tale narrated by death about a little girl growing up in Nazi Germany. I am the Messenger is a shorter, simpler story, but it still has some similarities to The Book Thief, such as the authors fragmented writing style, the theme of goodness shining through hard times, and the fact that the story is both powerful and unforgettable. I am the Messenger (originally published as “Messenger”) is much more lighthearted than The Book Thief. Ed Kennedy has a great voice that pulls you in from the start. He’ll make you laugh in one chapter and then bring you close to tears in the next. I was happy to see that the secondary characters, such as his friends Audrey, Ritchie, and Marv are equally complex and realistic, making them just as memorable as Ed. Another big plus this book has is its fulfilling ending. Often “twist endings” feel illogical, as if the author was putting in so much effort into the surprise that it doesn’t make much sense in relation to the book. I was happy to see that I am the Messenger does not fall into this trap. When the identity of person sending the cards is revealed, it’s as if everything clicks together in a way that’s both surprising and satisfying
So is I am the Messenger as good as The Book Thief? No, but I don’t think it needs to be. I enjoyed the time that I spent with Ed, and am glad that I decided to pick up this book.
Rating: four and a half stars
Length: 357 pages
TBR Pile: 153 books
Similar Books: To be honest, I've never read anything quite like this book before. Can anyone think of any similar books?
Other books I've read by this author: The Book Thief
Next I'll be posting a review for Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, a mammoth size audiobook that I've been listening to for months!
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