TITLE: I Am the Messenger
AUTHOR: Markus Zusak
GENRES: Young Adult, Mystery, Fiction, Contemporary
PUBLISHED: January 1st 2015
Ed Kennedy is an underage cab driver 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 one question remains: Who’s behind Ed’s mission?
WHAT I THINK
After becoming the hero who stopped the bank robbery, Ed becomes the Messenger. He begins to receive aces with different kinds of clues in them and he’s supposed to figure them out and also figure out how to help each person he comes across with.
After every successful ace, there’s this thrilling waiting. How and when is the next one delivered? And what is bound to happen when all the four aces are done?
Well then, what I think about this book after finally finishing it? Aaaah, kind of meh. If I’m completely honest, I nearly DNFd it. Not necessarily because it was a bad book, no. It wasn’t bad at all and I think it holds a very important message to all of us. But it was just a bit boring for me. The first ace kept me hooked and I was interested to see what Ed was supposed to do and how is he going to figure out the why and how to help those people. But after the second ace, it went boring. The second one already was kind of hard to get through.
Of course there’s different message to every different person and obviously different ways to fulfill them. But for me it felt like this story kept repeating itself. With every 4 ace there’s four different people to help/hurt and after that there’s a little time to wait for the next one. For me the most thrilling part was the waiting for the next ace. I wasn’t waiting to know which ace it’s going to be – because I don’t understand the different meanings of those – but the way it was going to be delivered. Would the person behind all this be one of them? Could there be any kind of hint that who it is behind all this?
And Ed. Yeah, Ed. When I started, I realized that this is the first book in a long time with male protagonist and I was excited! But then there was his obsession about Audrey. I felt a little uncomfortable with all of his sexual thought about him and Audrey even though they were just friends and he kept telling all the time how Audrey would do it with everyone else but not him. I didn’t feel any connection with him at all.
But like I said already, I really like the message of this book. And for me the ending was great. I love how it ended up happily ever after for all them four friends. And for the Doorman too. I completely fell in love with him and I was a bit scared that he’d die during the book.
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