Tuesday, February 5, 2013

I Am The Messenger

I Am The Messenger is an older release from Young Adult author Markus Zusak. I really enjoyed one of his other works, The Book Thief, so I had high hopes for this one.

Good Reads' Synopsis: "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?"

What I Thought: Don't let the young adult genre fool you. I've told you this many times. There's some good writing and storytelling going on here. I probably said the exact same thing about The Book Thief. Zusak does a great job of painting his characters with vivid imagery. I really cared about Ed and the journey he was taking. Full of compassion, I Am The Messenger is worth picking up.

Rating: * * * 1/2

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