I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

This is a beautiful book. Sometimes the language and the actions in it are ugly, but the message is marvelous. In this book, Ed accidentally stops a bank robbery and soon after he starts getting cards in the mail. These cards all have people or addresses for him to encounter. He never knows what he is supposed to do until he follows through with the card. Each person and place Ed encounters is very different and they each make a difference in his perspective. Something that surprised me was the ordinary nature of Ed and the unmotivated actions that he has, which sometimes made the story a little slow. The message this book gives is very important and I have written my thoughts on that below, so that I do not spoil it for you, but if you have read it, you can look at that. But for those of you who have not read it, there is no time to waste, go find a copy now. It is nothing like the Book Thief in terms of the story, but if you like the way that Markus Zusak was able to play with the reader, than you will enjoy this book. I am sad that it took me so long to read this book and so I hope my review will help you move it up to the top of your to-read pile.









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In this book Ed just follows what the cards says, he doesn’t know who is sending them or what the purpose is, but he follows along and starts to live and have a life instead of just existing. The reveal for the person sending the cards is great and I can’t get over the fact that this whole book is just about the author messing with a character. When you boil down the whole point of the book, it is just that Ed is being messed with to show that anybody can live a life and be a little more than ordinary. Ed works as a cab driver, he is the connection between all the strangers in our everyday lives and by following the cards he is showing how we can make all of these connections extraordinary. The title of the book itself,  is not meant to be spoken aloud by the reader, but it is a message from the author to the reader. The author is the messenger and the reader is meant to receive the message that is Ed.




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