The story is full of intrigue: underage cab driver Ed Kennedy is living an unremarkable life living in a shack with his elderly dog The Doorman, hopelessly in love with his best friend Audrey and generally put upon by his unsympathetic ma. Until, that is, the day that Ed foils a bank robbery. After coverage of the story appears in the papers Ed starts receiving playing cards with cryptic clues pointing him to people who need his help.
The cast of characters are incredibly well created, even the smallest part is well fleshed out and brought to life. The people Ed is sent to help are extremely varied from the beautiful Sophie to the angry Rose brothers. Besides them there are a whole host of other people Ed meets along the way and none are more memorable than the squabbling Daryl and Keith who manage to be both terrifying and hilarious in the same breath.
But it’s the writing that really makes this book stand out from the crowd. Zusak has a turn of phrase so poetic it’s breathtaking, Sophie has a strawberry-flavoured voice and eyes like water, Milla has grass that sounds like toast and Audrey has a yawn so beautiful it makes you cringe. It’s this kind of writing that really kept me glued to the page.
I Am The Messenger is billed as a book for the teen market but I think that anyone who lets that stop them reading it is a fool and will be missing out on a tremendous read.