Author: markus Zusak
Length: 460 pages
I am the Messenger focuses around the main character Ed Kennedy who is an underage cab driver without much of a future. He is completely pathetic at playing cards and is also hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey. His life consisted of a simplistic routine until he stopped a bank robbery.
The novel jumps right into the story without establishing the characters until a few pages later, where Ed introduces himself to the reader. This I found was very similar to the character Death, in The Book Thief, which I really enjoyed. The novel starts with the bank robbery and witness Ed’s act of bravery, which later sparks the beginning of the messages, and he becomes the messenger. That’s when he is sent the first ace, each one has tasks which Ed has to complete and put him outside of his comfort zone. I found Ed to be a likeable character, despite his lack of self confidence and always seeing himself as not good enough. Whilst completing the messages he becomes more compassionate and caring, which allows the reader to warm to him even more. In the end you just want him to succeed and be happy.
‘Sometimes people are beautiful.
Not in looks.
Not in what they say.
Just in what they are’
Throughout the whole novel there is an air of mystery of who is giving Ed these cards and why has he been chosen to do it. It leaves the reader always wanting to know more, and whats going to happen next. The writing style in this novel was captivating, so beautifully written, which is why I picked up this novel, I hoped it would be similar to The Book Thief and it was! The overall pace of this novel was rather slow but it suited the book perfectly because it’s based over a 6 month time period, the ending chapters of the book I found were heartwarming and perfect in concluding the story. This book also had such a beautiful overall message which was conveyed at the end of the novel, which is ‘Everyone can live beyond what they’re capable of’ I just thought that was inspiringly motivational! After finishing this it rekindled the reasons for why I love to read and left me feeling overjoyed and immensely happy. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of The Book Thief because I don’t think you’d be disappointed at all! I gave this book 5*