I am the Messenger
Ed Kennedy - Character
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."