Markus Zusak’s I Am The Messenger is a truly unique tale of what happens when ordinary Ed Kennedy receives a card with just three addresses which spurs his journey as the messenger to those in need. It is a touching novel that really makes you see just how connected all our stories are
I was wary going into the book. I did not want to be disappointed after reading The Book Thief, and while the writing styles were the same, the narrative in this novel was refreshingly different and suited the story. How Zusak could take all my favorite aspects of his writing but still make it wholly new to suit a different tale is a real testament to how his writing really puts the reader in the setting.
There was so much truth in the characters of Ed and his friends. They were so believable as new adults struggling with their own way and backgrounds. Each one was extremely interesting, especially with the way they tied into the story.
My favorite part of this novel was the premise. It was such an inventive and completely unprecedented one, unlike anything I’ve ever read before. The way Ed gets sucked into this adventure and completely absorbed by the mystery of it in turn captured my interest, making me want to keep reading. Even the first scene captures you with its equal parts drama and humor. It certainly sets the tone for the novel. Every single story was important to the message as a whole, and I loved every one of them. Each one had a role, and though seemingly unrelated to each other, came together in the end to make the message.
The story is witty and poignant and sometimes emotional, and Zusak certainly does not disappoint for my second of his novels.