Thursday, June 11, 2009

June 4, 09 I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

So, I'm sure most of you who read YA know who Markus Zusak is. The Book Thief is his more popular novel, if you need a refresher.

I Am the Messenger is about a nineteen year old underage cab driver named Ed. After he inadvertently stops a bank robbery. That's when he starts getting aces in the mail and becomes the messenger. He starts meeting people and helping them, sometimes through hurting them. But who is behind Ed's messages?

I Am the Messenger was awesome. It exceeded my expectations, because while The Book Thief was well written, I didn't like it very much. I really enjoyed this one. The writing was very good, the characters and messages were interesting, and I was really pleased with the ending. I'd recommend that people read this book first instead of The Book Thief, but that's only because he wrote this one first. They are two completely different books with the same beautiful writing. Zusak is in my top twenty favorite authors for this book. Not that I have my twenty favorite authors list arranged. So many awesome books, so little time. I can't decide. Four and a half out of five overall.



  1. I loved The Book Thief. I am the Messenger has been on my TBR pile for months now. I need to read more!

  2. I'm loving listening to I am the Messenger - the voice actor is amazing. Although I turned a little red while I was driving, windows down and then all the sex stuff comes on. Gah! Definitely the voice of a 20 some year old guy. Hehe. I'm only on disc 3 right now though. I'm also working my way through The Book Thief again. :)

  3. Nikki, it's an excellent book. And you should! Although not everyone has an immense amount of free time like I do. :P :)

    Haha Kristen, I bet that would be embarrassing. At least you weren't listening to a steamy romance novel in the car. I liked the part where he was talking about how sex should be like math. How someone SHOULD be able to say their rubbish at sex. I loved that.

  4. Haha, I finally just read your response. I just loved the voice of the character in this book (love that part about being rubbish at sex) and the ending well - just made me so freakin' happy. It's not often a book will always end well, but this was magnificent. I'm not surprised by the amount of awards he received for this book.