Tuesday, August 2, 2011

I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak | Review

My format's back to normal! Thank God. ._.

Title: I Am the Messenger
Author: Markus Zusak
Published: May 9, 2006 (first published January 1, 2002)
Number of Pages: 357
Rating: 5/5

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?

Winner of the 2003 Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award in Australia, I Am the Messenger is a cryptic journey filled with laughter, fists, and love. [goodreads.com]


"No, I'm not a saint, Sophie. I'm just another stupid human." - Ed Kennedy
"I ask you: What would you do if you were me? Tell me. Please tell me!
But you're far from this. Your fingers turn the strangeness of these pages that somehow connect my life to yours. Your eyes are safe. The story is just another few hundred pages of your mind. For me, it's here. It's now. I have to go through with this, considering the cost at every turn. Nothing will be the same. I'll kill this man and also die myself, inside. I want to scream. I want to scream out, asking why. The scattered stars shower down like icicles tonight, but nothing soothes me. Nothing allows me to escape. The figure in front of me collapses, and I stand above him, waiting.
To reach a better answer than this." - Ed Kennedy 

"Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in looks. Not in what they say. Just in what they are." - Ed Kennedy


I want to say that it has been a privilege and an honor to revisit Zusak's wonderful world of words once again since reading The Book Thief. I remember underestimating that piece of magic last year, and being blown away. So I knew not to make the same mistake with another of his books!

I Am the Messenger is a completely unique book, completely different from any other book I've read in its own way. And I love Markus Zusak's work for that. Each character had a life far beyond the thoughts of Ed Kennedy, and it was ensured that you knew that. In 357 pages, you have learned about thirteen people.

Their troubles. Their problems. How they are resolved. How their lives improve. And how it's all thanks to the messenger. Or, in Ed's words, the message. In 357 pages, you have also learned about the entirety of Ed's life, how he aspires for more, and how much he loves the Doorman. Which is one of the cutest things to me in this entire book. :3

Even the smaller characters, such as Daryl and Keith, you learn so much about. Best friends, argue all the time, and only human. That is one of the greatest things in this book: despite Ed's duty to these people, you know he's only human. You learn something about every single person you meet through this entire work.

The story is raw and well-conceived to all. Once again I've been breathless from his beautiful use of metaphors. The sympathetic but raw writing, the story of all the receivers of the messages. I think my favorite message was the one to Marv. That message almost put me into tears, and it probably would have if I hadn't been trying to finish the book before 3 in the morning.

So much to say, so little words for it. I'll remember the messages to everyone for a long, long time to come. ...If I don't reread it as soon as I finish the other books on my reading list. There's not much need to put much else, I've put all that I feel I need to put. The book was amazing. The story, the characters, the messages, just...everything. Seriously. Markus Zusak, you have done it again.


Reading: On Writing - Stephen King
Listening to - Moving Mountains [no choir] - Two Steps from Hell
Watching: -
Quote: "You are the epitome of ordinariness." — I Am the Messenger


  1. Awesome review!!! I'm so glad you liked this, and I totally know what you mean by the genius of Markus Zusak (seriously, WHEN is his new book coming out?!) I loved this book too :)

  2. Thanks! Isn't his new book called Bridge of Clay or something? Markus Zusak is one of my favorite writers ever, hands down. (: