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I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

I Am the Messenger

by Markus Zusak

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This book was not what I was expecting and I was pleasantly surprised. I already admired Zusak's work through The Book Thief, but I Am the Messenger has a different feel to it. There isn't much to say without ruining the plot. It's missing that final star because I didn't understand some of the Australian slang and the love interest was a fickle pickle. ( )
  aliterarylion | Jul 14, 2014 |
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Honestly, the words/message of the story gave me a new outlook on life. I fell in love with the characters, and I found it hard to put the book down at times. However, I am not sure if I am happy with the way the story ended. ( )
  nfoto | Jul 9, 2014 |
I really liked it. It wasn't on the same level as The Book Thief, but was an interesting story. I would have given it a higher rating if the conclusion had been on the same par as the rest of the book, but it seemed contrived and unlikely. It was a very disappointing ending for the emotional journeys of both the reader and the protagonist. I still enjoy his writing style, and plan to read other books by this author. I would also hesitate to recommend this to any of my students. It has some strong language, and even stronger adult themes and situations. ( )
1 vote darcy36 | Jul 8, 2014 |
Ed es un joven taxista mediocre que, tras detener el robo de un banco, comienza a recibir naipes con direcciones, a donde debe dirigirse y "entregar un mensaje".

Decir algo más sería arruinar la historia para quienes no la han leído.

Leí este libro tras enamorarme de la escritura de Zusak en [b:The Book Thief|19063|The Book Thief|Markus Zusak|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1352395325s/19063.jpg|878368]. En esta ocasión la escritura tiene un aire más juvenil. Cosa que debe esperarse dado que este libro fue escrito antes que [b:The Book Thief|19063|The Book Thief|Markus Zusak|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1352395325s/19063.jpg|878368]. Sin embargo, las palabras son fluidas, la trama y los personajes interesantes, y hay muchos momentos divertidos y frases que aunque sencillas, profundas.

Lo que no termino de gustarme fue el desenlace final. Me pareció un poco rebuscado y mal desarrollado. A pesar de eso el libro es bueno y lo disfruté. ( )
  Glire | Jul 7, 2014 |
Read this one over the weekend. I liked it very much. Ed is a witty, likeable character. I did have a few moments of difficulty "suspending disbelief" in this book, initially when Ed chooses to obey the strange commands and keep the cards a secret, which is not what I would likely do. Why would you not ask around about it, call the police, etc.? Late in the story, Ed does mention that in his neighborhood you avoid involving police, and I suppose that is reason enough, but he believes his life is truly in danger, that he must commit a murder or be murdered himself. That's pretty heavy-duty stuff.

I like Ed's openness to the messages, and his instincts for doing what is needed, but am bothered by his willingness to resort to violence if he believes that is what the card "wants." I suppose it's just a different kind of world that he lives in.

I have decided the hardest part of writing a novel must be the ending. I have read many books that were fabulous all the way through but fell flat, seemed rushed, stopped abruptly, or just didn't make sense at the end. For I Am the Messenger, I just had a "huh?" moment at the end. Maybe I'm obtuse but I couldn't really figure it out. Did Ed realize he was just a book character? Did the ginger-haired man actually kill Ed's father, as he said? Is he the "author"? I didn't really get it, but that didn't detract too much from my enjoyment of the story and its message.

Also, I have seen this called a children's book in several places, but I do not think that is an appropriate label for it. Maybe "young adult" would be more correct. It includes language that some might find objectionable, frank discussions of sex, and depictions of rape and unprovoked violence. I believe it should be reserved for high school age and older, unless you have a very worldly middle schooler.

The above comments may make it sound as if I didn't like this book, but that is not true. Zusak's writing is beautiful and lyrical. This book has humor and touching moments, and the characters are realistic (except for the above-mentioned instigator). The message of making a difference is important and clear. I found the story interesting and was compelled to read on to see what would happen. The concerns I have are minor when compared to my overall enjoyment of the book. I would definitely recommend it. ( )
  glade1 | Jun 2, 2014 |
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Nineteen-year-old Ed Kennedy is the epitome of pathetic mediocrity. He drives a cab, lives in a run-down shack with his malodorous dog, and plays cards with his friends Ritchie, Marv and Audrey. His life is completely devoid of purpose or significance – until he manages to foil a botched bank robbery, and someone, somewhere, decides that it’s time for Ed to become the messenger. Guided by playing cards left in his mailbox, he must venture from his shack to help people the rest of the world has abandoned. Not all of Ed’s tasks are easy, however, and the true purpose of his messages may be more than it seems.
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protect the diamonds
survive the clubs
dig deep through the spades
feel the hearts
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?
A 2005 Michael L. Printz Honor Book and recipient of five starred reviews, I Am the Messenger is a cryptic journey filled with laughter, fists, and love.

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Ed Kennedy is a nineteen-year-old cab driver who doesn't think much of his life. He inadvertently helps stop a bank robbery, and that is when his life starts to change. He begins to receive mysterious messages that instruct him to go to addresses where people need help. Ed becomes the messenger, but who is behind the messages? Meet Ed Kennedy - underage cabdriver, pathetic cardplayer, and useless at romance. He lives in a shack with his coffee-addicted dog, the Doorman, and he's hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence, until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery. That's when the first Ace arrives. 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?… (more)

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