I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

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Title: I Am the Messenger

Author: Markus Zusak

# of pages: 357

My rating: 5/5 stars

This is my first read of 2016 (yay!) Now I just need to read 99 more.

Starting off I really didn’t know much about the book. The synopsis was very simplified which I like. I enjoy not knowing anything when I start reading.

The format of the parts and chapters wereΒ  just small things that made me excited. How the part would have an ace and the chapters would have a suit for it. It all helped it revolve around the deck of card theme.

Ed Kennedy really felt like a relatable character to me. He’s nineteen and doesn’t have his life figured out. Doesn’t sound so odd, but then you slowly learn about him and his backstory and you begin to feel for him.

There were so many parts of it that felt real, like you were there with him trying to work up the courage to do a task. The whole messenger behind the story is my favorite and I love when books have this whole meaning to it like this one. Zusak did an amazing job with this book. I have read The Book Thief by him and this one has inspired me to read all of his works.

Overall the mystery wasn’t what kept me reading but just the characters themselves and the tasks that were set before them. It was all so real while you were reading and seeing someone with a life as complicated as this doing good was nice. I loved this story, and think it may be my top reads by the end of the year (I mean I’ve only read 1 book so far so it currently is! ).

5/5 stars

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