I am the Messenger

Markus Zusak

Summary

Safeguard the diamonds, remain alive through the clubs, investigate through the spades, and experience the hearts. I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak is a young adult fiction novel in which an premature cabdriver, Ed Kennedy, becomes a local town hero after successfully stopping a bank robbery. Unbeknownst to Ed, his heroic actions have caught the attention of a clandestine onlooker who stealthily delivers an ace of diamonds to his home. On the ace, three addresses are written, beckoning Ed to go and decipher the mysteries that await him. As Ed attempts to complete his numerous missions, he will learn that problematic issues are closer than he thinks.
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Ed Kennedy - Character

Ed Kennedy is a 19 year old, juvenile cabdriver having very little to look forward to in life. He is utterly pathetic at playing cards, drastically in love with his friend Audrey, and quite incompetent moreover. However, when he first receives an ace in his mailbox, his life is completely altered. Ed has officially become the messenger. As Ed continues to unravel the mysteries behind the aces, he seemingly transforms into a courteous young man willing to help the underprivileged even at the cost of his life.
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Setting

Many Australian slang words are used throughout the context to novel which reinforces the Australian vibes. Thus, this novel takes place in Australia. The exact town nor city was not explained in the book, yet most of this story takes place in Ed's home; a shack. It can be assumed that this book takes place in the early 2000's during late fall to early springtime.
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Book Reviews

"Anyone should read this charming story because not is it only packed with action for the action-lovers; but it has romance for the romance-lovers, and a great plot with good characters for the one's who just love a good story. Markus meant does not only appeal to every type of person in this story; but also was able to take a lighter side to the Holocaust in his other book The Book Thief about a girl named Liesel who steals books around her town to feed her thirst for knowledge.

I am the Messenger is an incredible book filled with the needs of every type of book lover. It has a great story line. Charming characters, story line, and some of life's morals. It is truly a charming read and is a story that hopefully will remain in teenagers and adults bookcases for years to come."


- Barnes and Nobles


"I keep very few books on my shelf. Only my absolute favorites sit there, proudly looking out at me…almost as if they know I treasure each one of them. Among these 5-6 books is “I Am The Messenger”. I am not one to re-read books or even to re-watch movies, but I often willingly pull from this stash and read the entire book through the night. From the first words in the first sentence my curiosity was piqued.Through this enchanting, abnormal storyline, Zusak clearly reveals a theme many of us know, but few embrace. That is, anyone (not just the richest, most beautiful or successful people) can perform simple deeds to make the world a better place."


- The Pioneer Woman


"Nineteen-year-old cabbie Ed Kennedy has little in life to be proud of: his dad died of alcoholism, and he and his mom have few prospects for success. He has little to do except share a run-down apartment with his faithful yet smelly dog, drive his taxi, and play cards and drink with his amiable yet similarly washed-up friends. Then, after he stops a bank robbery, Ed begins receiving anonymous messages marked in code on playing cards in the mail, and almost immediately his life begins to swerve off its beaten-down path. Usually the messages instruct him to be at a certain address at a certain time. So with nothing to lose, Ed embarks on a series of missions as random as a toss of dice: sometimes daredevil, sometimes heartwarmingly safe. He rescues a woman from nightly rape by her husband. He brings a congregation to an abandoned parish. The ease with which he achieves results vacillates between facile and dangerous, and Ed's search for meaning drives him to complete every task. But the true driving force behind the novel itself is readers' knowledge that behind every turn looms the unknown presence - either good or evil - of the person or persons sending the messages. Zusak's characters, styling, and conversations are believably unpretentious, well conceived, and appropriately raw. Together, these key elements fuse into an enigmatically dark, almost film-noir atmosphere where unknowingly lost Ed Kennedy stumbles onto a mystery - or series of mysteries - that could very well make or break his life."


- Amazon

About the Author - Markus Zusak

Zusak, now 39, has become one of the most renowned novelists due to his innovating writing style. Born June 23rd 1975 in Sydney Australia, is the youngest of four children. As he matured, Markus attended Engadine High School and returned to teach English there, later in his lifetime. He is currently the author of five books. The Book Thief one of his most recognized pieces was elevated to bestseller lists and translated into 30 different languages because of the high demand for this book. Zusak continues to enjoy writing novels with his spouse and two children alongside him.
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Recommendations

I am the Messenger features a wide variety of outstanding word choice. The voice in the novel is astounding, not to mention he is very detailed with his writing as well. I highly recommend this book especially if you enjoyed The Book Thief or any other books written by Zusak.
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