I Am The Messenger is a superbly crafted book that illustrates the realities of today’s world and conveys powerful messages to the reader in each individual chapter.
The author, Markus Zusak, did a phenomenal job of incorporating elements of suspense, comedy, and action into a thrilling plot filled with events that are pertinent to the lives of people today. Specifically, the book was written in such a way that the readers would get a glimpse of each aspect of the protagonist’s life, which changed dramatically through the course of the novel. I definitely felt bonded to the main character and was intrigued to “experience” the outcome of his decisions along with him.
The book is wonderfully written to enhance the reader’s understanding of the occurrences, therefore vivid imagery constantly appears in each chapter. I Am The Messenger is a gripping, page-turner that’s hard to put down once you’re fully immersed in the story line.
The author’s brief synopsis is, “Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver without much of a future. He’s pathetic at playing cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and utterly devoted to his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery. That’s when the first ace arrives in the mail. 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?” In my opinion, the mysterious focus of this book makes it a worthwhile read.
I mentioned that this book is very well-crafted; what I mean is that its unique format played a role in how the readers are able to perceive what’s going on. First of all, we know as much as the main character Ed does. It’s written in only one perspective, and the author successfully delivers the character’s emotions and internal thoughts to supply us with more background info about him.
Additionally, we know from the beginning that the main character plays cards. We then find out that he gets his messages delivered on the four aces from a deck of cards. The cards are such a symbolic part of the book that the author organized it into four parts, one for each suit (diamonds, clubs, spades, and hearts). The text was then laid out into small chapters under that specific suit. The final part of the novel, Part 5, which was symbolized by the Joker, offered a thorough answer to the key question of the book, surprised the readers with an unusual twist…and was an overall great resolution.
It was clear, though, that the book was intended for a more mature audience (ages 14+) because of the adult content and language. However, this better portrayed the realistic themes and occurrences in the book. If you don’t like vulgarity in fiction, then this book may not be the best for you, although there is so much more in it that I think could appeal to almost any reader.
I Am The Messenger depicts the beauty in life, and has some eye-opening examples in store for the character who lacks motivation and purpose on a daily basis. Besides being a fun and interesting read, this book really made me think about some of the messages mentioned.
I would recommend it to anyone interested in a fast paced suspense book featuring unique ideas and illustrating the real world in different colors.