After reading The Book Thief (by the same Author) I really wanted to read more of his stuff so off I went to Amazon and bought I Am The Messenger. Like The Book Thief this book is intended for young adults, it has also won the Micheal Printz Award For Excellence In Young Adult Literature.
The narrator is nineteen year old Ed Kennedy who works as an underage cab driver and lives in a shack with his smelly dog, The Doorman. The beginning of the books sees Ed and his friends accidently stopping a bank robbery. The would be robber gets sent to jail and not long after Ed begins to recieve a series of playing cards. Each card has different cryptic instructions on which Ed must decipher and do what needs to be done.
On his mission of completing the tasks we learn more about Ed's character, his family and his friends. Ed also learns about himself.
The book is presented in chapters between each playing card he recieves, and then in small numbered sections, which I liked as it meant I could read small bits at a time whithout having to leave half finished. When I first started reading I didn't think I was going to enjoy it, but I made the mistake of comparing it to The Book Thief, but once I got into it I found I couldn't put it down. It's very different to The Book Thief but equally enjoyable.