I Am the Messenger, Markus Zusak

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4 Responses to “I Am the Messenger, Markus Zusak”

  1. Tess P. Says:

    Summary:
    Ed Kennedy was nothing special. At 19 years old, he’s sure of three things; he is destined to be a cab driver for life, his source of entertainment is playing cards with his friends and he is hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey. So when he finds himself in a bank, with an incompetent bank robber, he surprises everyone when he saves the day. Ed expects to fall back into his routine, when a playing card arrives in his mailbox with three addresses on it. As Ed attempts to decipher the meanings of the messages, he is put into an impossible position, faced with doing what is easy, and what is right. He jumps into an unknown situation, and along the way, discovers more about his past, his friends, and what being the messenger really means.

    Evaluation:
    I Am the Messenger is a fast paced, enticing book that readers find hard to put down. I really enjoyed this book. Zusak has developed a unique character that seems extraordinarily normal, with realistic flaws, yet has the potential to be something great. As the book goes on, readers find themselves diving deeper into a society that isn’t as perfect as it seems. Zusak keeps the writing light, and while the words are simple, the meaning is deep.

    Rating: 4 Stars

    Recommendations:
    Looking for Alaska, By John Green
    The Book Thief, By Markus Zusak
    The Fault in Our Stars, By John Green

  2. Danielle C. Says:

    Summary: After being held up by a gunman in a bank robbery, Ed Kennedy’s, an underage cab driver with a few anxious friends who play cards together and a future that promises nothing but the bare minimal he has, life begins to take a turn. A few days after the hold up, he receives a playing card in the mail from an anonymous sender with three addresses written on the front. Unsure of what to do, he attempts to depict them, and is thrown into a mystery game of sorts, and has to decide what to do next.

    Evaluation: I Am the Messenger is a unique and fun to read book! It takes a bit to get into the story, however when you do, you cannot put the book down! It has an extremely good meaning to it, not only in the concept behind the novel, but in many more ways: how the main character reacts, what is done, how other characters react, the outcomes, relationships, etc. The writing style of Markus Zusak is fun, and easy to read as well! He uses some crude language, which normally could be overwhelming, but it places you in the novel with characters, as if they were a friend talking straight to you. It builds suspense, and the twists and turns in the plot are completely unpredictable, and keep you wanting the story to go on and on. I would absolutely recommend this book!

    Rating: 4.5 Stars

    Recommendation: Juliet by Anne Fortier—This novel has the same suspense as I Am the Messenger, where an unknown sender is involved, unraveling a plethora of mysteries.

  3. bachbooks Says:

    Summary:
    I Am the Messenger opens with card playing underage cabdriver Ed Kennedy foiling a bank robbery. In the mail, he receives a cryptic message on a playing card and faces a series of challenges to improve the lives of strangers. As he completes each set of challenges, Ed receives a new card with a new set of lives to change. Gradually, the challenges move closer to home.

    Evaluation:
    This book drew me in from the very start. Zusak creates characters, with realistic flaws, I could both relate to a feel for. The elements of mystery, camaraderie, friendship, and love keep readers wanting to learn more about Ed and his world. In the end, the tone of Ed’s challenges shift from sinister to sweet. I was a bit annoyed by the seemly random, and repetitive, focus on Ed’s smelly dog, but I truly enjoyed the story, and I look forward to reading whatever Zusak writes next.

    Recommendations: The Book Thief, Looking for Alaska, The Fault in Our Stars

  4. Mallory L. Says:

    I am the Messenger follows the life of 19-year-old Ed, an Australian self-proclaimed deadbeat, coward, weakling, and sexual midget. His life is a hum-drum routine of feeding his old smelly dog coffee, underage taxi driving, and playing cards with his three best friends every week. But this all changes when he becomes locally famous for thwarting a bank robbery. After this, he starts getting messages written on playing cards in the mail…from an unknown sender. These messages consist of places and addresses, where he must go and asses the situation himself and figure out what to do about it.

    This book is SO great. I loved it; it’s like chocolate but in book form–smooth and yummy and you can’t stop eating/reading it. The writing is spot-on with wit, humor and underlying depth. I don’t generally laugh while reading books, but I did with this one. Something special about this book is that it puts you through a whole spectrum of feelings–you laugh, you grimace, you raise your eyebrows, you frown–and you really feel for the characters because they’re very real-seeming. The writing is very poetic yet funny and witty. It’s another great book by Markus Zusak that is a great reflection of life, humor, and the author’s talent.

    Five stars.

    Other books I’d recommend are: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (or basically anything by him), An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, and How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff.

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