Messenger of Fear – book review

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Messenger of Fear is Michael Grant’s new and riveting book.

When Mara wakes up in a field with a heavy mist around her, she fears she is dead. Then a beautiful young man dressed in black appears – he calls himself Messenger of Fear.

This boy has the ability to move through time and space, seeing the darkness in human hearts. He sees the destructive lies, the cruelty, the bullying and the violence in our world. And if the world doesn’t bring justice to those who do evil, he will. He offers the wrongdoers a game. If they win, they can go free. If they lose, the will live their greatest fear. Either way, they’ll never be the same once their sanity is challenged.

The world’s justice is fair but harsh. There is retribution and redemption in this world, as well as mysteries and secrets. Why was Mara chosen to be the Messenger’s apprentice? What has she done to deserve such a terrible fate? Mara won’t find out until all three of the wicked receive justice. But once Mara knows the truth, she will be shattered.

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed reading this book. It was incredibly grabbing and I didn’t want to put it down. The start was really intriguing and it kept my attention for the whole book. Although at the beginning I was quite confused as to what was going on, but that was simply because the main character Mara didn’t know what was happening. I understood that things would get revealed slowly and I was excited to learn more about what was going to happen. The anticipation of learning what was the point of all of what was happening was incredibly alluring. I practically devoured this novel and I’m very satisfied with how everything turned out.
In this book, we get to know quite a few characters and I liked all of them. I wasn’t totally connected with Mara, but I felt for her. The one character who I was really interested to read more about was Samantha. I loved her story, even though it was heartbreaking. Mara and Messenger are the people we spend the most time with. I didn’t know much about Mara at all. There were hints as to what her life might be like, but Messenger had a lot to do with what she knew. At first, I was a little frustrated about knowing hardly anything about Mara, but this worked really well for the story and made the ending all the more shocking. I liked Messenger from the start. He was mysterious and I had a strange feeling that he was going to be a love-interest. I was surprised that this book didn’t involve romance, as most YA books do. It was refreshing to read a book that kept me interested purely for what was going on, not for the romance.
In saying that, this book didn’t really have a fixed plot. I didn’t have any ideas where this was going and what the point of everything was. But I really liked it because this was part of what made this book so intriguing. I haven’t read a book like this one before and I loved it for its originality and how unique it is. This book is also really well-written. I loved the writing style and I thought the pacing was perfect. There wasn’t a single moment where I was bored. Another thing I loved about this book was how it had three subplots. All of these were fascinating to read about and I really got to understand the characters in these.
More importantly, I loved the messages this story held. This book is about how there can be a fine line between the good and evil in people, and sometimes people think they are doing the right thing when in fact they are doing something they’ll regret. It taught me about how cruel people can be and how we expect these people to be punished for there wrongdoings, but until we understand the person and the circumstances, we can’t make judgements about how these people should be treated. It shows the reality of the world we live in and the injustice in it. This book shows that you should think about your actions and the effects they will have not only on yourself, but also on the people around you.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. It’s different from anything I’ve ever read and I definitely recommend it if this sounds like the type of book you’d be interested in. This is a really interesting book and it’d definitely worth reading. I’d give Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant a score of 8.5 out of 10.

A huge thank you to Hardie Grant Egmont Australia for providing me with an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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