Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Staff Review by Dawn Stanton:
I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak is an enjoyable read with a hint of a "treasure hunt" feeling. To recap any part of the plot would be a spoiler to enjoying the journey of the main character, Ed. Ed's literal journey becomes something more personal, as the cards are dealt and the story unfolds.
Zusak's writing style is simple (yet intelligent) and clean - he is able to portray the essence of a scene or a character with just the few right adjectives. It is not bogged down with irrelevant descriptions, so therefore the reader can fill in the blanks with their own imagination of how a character or a scene looks.
This title is found in the Young Adult section yet neither the story nor style of prose ever feels amateurish and the engaging characters make it hard to put down. Zusak's first novel The Book Thief is a New York Times best seller. His second novel, I Am the Messenger, though it possesses a much lighter theme, does not disappoint fans.
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