Columnist: Ashley Chacon
Editor-in-Chief: Yasmin Alameddine
I’m taking it you’ve heard of Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief? The major motion picture that came out last year? I thought so. Well I’m also sure you heard that the movie was based on the book of the same name. Yes, again? Thought so. What you may not have heard of is a book, by the same author, called I Am The Messenger.
This book, also written by Markus Zusak is the story of Ed Kennedy, an ordinary nineteen-year-old taxi driver with no particular talent. His plain-and-simple life comes to a halt when he gets caught in the middle of a bank robbery and saves the day. Soon after the incident, Ed starts receiving playing cards in the mail marked with addresses on them from an unknown source.
These cards send Ed to places he’s never been both physically and emotionally—as Ed soon realizes. As the cards continue to arrive, the tasks become more complex. Can Ed continue to complete these “missions” that have turned his world upside-down? Will Ed ever figure out who is sending these cards? Can Ed continue to be ”The Messenger?”
I read this book before I ever read The Book Thief, and I’m really glad I did. This is a lighter read than the former, and really got me invested Zusak’s writing style. Although I often get bored waiting for the author to set up the narrative, I was never able to put down I am Messenger because of its gripping plot.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mystery, love, and the tribulations of trying to find yourself.
Rating: 4 out of 5 quills.