I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak: 368 pages.
It’s not a big thing, but I guess it’s true — big things are often just small things that are noticed.
The book that I picked up recently that I just could not put down was I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. This book was recommended to me by a friend a while back and I decided to order a copy on a whim. This was probably one of the decisions of my life and I can’t thank my friend enough. This story quickly jumped into the spot of being my favorite book! I won’t go into too much detail in order to avoid spoilers, but the plot of the book is basically this: Ed Kennedy is a nineteen-year-old that works as a cab driver full-time and has no plans to do anything else with his life. The story starts with Ed and his friend caught in the middle of a bank robbery. Ed doesn’t really take it seriously though, and after a while he decides he’s had enough so he picks up the gun that the careless robber dropped and pursues him, firing a round towards the robber which ends up hitting the only escape vehicle. This allows the police to arrive in time to arrest the bank robber and Ed is hailed as a hero. A few days later, he gets a mysterious envelope in the mail. In it lies a playing card (the ace of diamonds) with three different addresses printed on it. Eventually he decides to visit the addresses and finds very different people in very different situations. After some investigating, Ed decides to help these people. When he finally finished helping them is when he got the next card. He becomes the messenger.
Below is a fan-made trailer of the book that was created by Thomas Reimer. I happen to really like and I think that it is very well made. It encapsulates the story wonderfully.
What I really like about this story is how the author handles the characters and their interactions with Ed. I also happen to love themes that involve using playing cards. Ed seems perfectly content with the dead end life he currently leads, but he gains something gradually throughout the novel and that shows well. The message that I got from this book (no pun intended) had a lot of impact on me and I would definitely read it again.
Word Count: 380