Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Review #13: I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak

Title: I Am The Messenger
Author: Markus Zusak
Release Date: May 9, 2006
Genre: General Fiction/Mystery/Suspense
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 367 (Paperback)
Source: Trade
Meet Ed Kennedy — underage cabdriver, pathetic cardplayer, and useless at romance. He lives in a shack with his coffee-addicted dog, the Doorman, and he’s hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence, until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery. That’s when the first Ace arrives. That’s when Ed becomes the messenger...

Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary), until only one question remains: Who’s behind Ed’s mission?
I Am The Messenger is an interesting reading, but it was also complex for me to undestand which message was that. I consider thatmaybethings are so simply said that I think it's "farther" than what it really IS.

In the beginning it's pretty strange, but the idea of put it down didn't come to my mind. I kept reading it and I definitely enjoyed it. Since I read
The Book Thief, I loved Zusak's writing style, so it felt, like, usual to me. In this one, he makes more jokes and the characters are funnier, happier, but not so captivating like I hoped it would be.

The scenes between Ed and the girl who runs (I forgot her name! Sorry!) are lovely. They were
— with no doubt — my favorite and most antecipated. Sometimes I really thought he and she were supposed to have an affair, which would be great for them.

I am not going to say I LOVED it. I liked it, though. I recommend it for those who enjoyed
The Book Thief, but it's a too-differente story, a really good one. I built up my own messages by reading it, because if there are direct messages I didn't get them. And they are so beautiful ones.

Overall: ★★★

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2 comments:

  1. HI raila! I know the feeling. i sometimes like the story but didnt really loved it. may i suggest you read debbie macombers cedar cove series? its really good.ive read all of them. although you're a bit young for these books i think you can still find it quite different from the rest.

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  2. I love it when books don't make it their priority to get a moral across. Usually, it drowns any story they've got to tell. Ed's voice sounded really mature to me and I kept forgetting that he was only 19- so a relationship with the barefoot-girl didn't occur to me- but their relationship transcends whatever label I could put on it. Truly unique :D

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