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Messenger of Fear Hardcover – September 23, 2014
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“The Messenger of Fear has a two-word message for readers: BE AFRAID. The nightmares start in chapter one and don’t let up. Seriously, this book gave me chill after chill. My message to you: Read it in a safe, well-lighted place. It’s fright fiction at its best!” (R.L. Stine, Bestselling Author of the Goosebumps and Fear Street Series)
“The enviably cunning and ever versatile Michael Grant explodes on the scene with Messenger of Fear, a palpitating horror fantasy mash-up with a genius twist that blew my mind. I walked through O’hare with this book in my face—I couldn’t stop reading!” (Lisa McMann, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Wake trilogy and The Unwanteds series)
“Mesmerizing, horrifying, and deeply thought-provoking.” (Carrie Ryan, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth)
Grant only slowly unveils the reason Mara is with the Messenger, building tension and atmosphere expertly for maximum impact. Readers will find that in the end, it all comes together extremely well. An unusual and intriguing puzzle of a book. (Kirkus Reviews)
“Grant’s new series starts off with a bang and never lets up.The games will delight those readers who enjoy a little gore and horror in their books. This is a promising start to a series with a truly unique concept.” (School Library Journal)
“Written from a stream-of-consciousness point of view, this book is a welcome change from the current dystopian young adult books that are so popular.The idea that good and evil in the world are balanced on the edge of a knife is a motivating philosophy.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
“Grant explores bullying, family problems, suicide, and more, and several painful passages will have readers cringing, even as they make them think about what they would do in the same situation….a solid beginning to a series that is likely to be quite popular with horror and paranormal fans.” ” (Booklist)
Praise for GONE: “If Stephen King had written LORD OF THE FLIES, it might have been a little like this.” (VOYA (starred review))
Praise for HUNGER: “Readers will be unable to avoid involuntary gasping, shuddering, or flinching while reading this suspense-filled story.” (VOYA (starred review))
Praise for LIES: “Disturbing, brilliantly plotted, and boasting a balanced mix of action and scheming.” (ALA Booklist)
Praise for PLAGUE: “Grant’s science fantasy thrillers continue to be the very definition of a page-turner.” (ALA Booklist)
Praise for FEAR: “Fans can count on more excellent storytelling, multidimensional characters who continue to develop in unexpected ways, and some mighty fine eye-popping moments.” (VOYA (starred review))
Praise for LIGHT: “As a series finale, this book is more than satisfying-it is epic.” (VOYA (starred review))
From the Back Cover
Mara wakes in a field of dead grass, a heavy mist pressing down on her. She is terrified, afraid that she is dead.
There is a boy in that mist, a beautiful young man dressed in black and able to move effortlessly through space and time. He is the Messenger of Fear.
The Messenger sees the darkness in human hearts. He sees the evils done: the destructive lies, the cruelty, the bullying, the violence. And if the world does not bring justice to those who do evil, the Messenger will. He offers the wicked a game. If they win, they go free. If they lose, they will live their greatest fear. Either way, their sanity will be challenged.
It is a world of fair but harsh justice. Of retribution and redemption. And mystery. Why was Mara chosen to be the Messenger's apprentice? What has she done to deserve this terrible fate? She won't find out until three of the wicked receive justice. And when she does, she will be shattered.
Told through compelling stories that are masterfully intertwined, Messenger of Fear is about the terrible choices that people make in life. Michael Grant, author of the New York Times bestselling Gone series, has created a powerful and brilliant narrative that examines the nature of good and evil in every human.
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Its quite different to what I expected. The focus of the story is a sort of mythological action romp about judgement and the afterlife. The main character is a bewildered young lass trying to determine what the heck is going on as a 'Messenger' shows her the ropes of his reaper-like role.
The story is somewhat brief and I felt Grant relied heavily on the allure of his mystics and a solid ending twist, rather than relate-able characters, although this was alright for a short-term escapist hour. I confess while the story was technically good I was disappointed at not picking up a novel on par with the Gone series, with equal intrigues.
This story, in some ways, is darker than the also excellent Gone series. In this story, the protagonist is more or less an observer for most of it, but she gets involved with extraordinary powers that are beyond her control, and, indeed, control her. The mechanics of this strange new reality probe the mind and explore the darker aspects of human nature while portraying people at their worst moments, whether they are consumed by unimaginable fear or are knowingly doing wrong without reason. Justice is delivered with absolute finality, but not necessarily without remorse, allowing the reader to relate to and even sympathize with the characters. In addition, the revelations at the end of the story make sense and explain much about the Messenger himself, for those who are able to look deeper into the story. It is a much more purely mental anguish than the physical strife and suffering of the FAYZ, and I think the author pulls it off well.
That said, this story is disappointingly short (I finished it in about 6 hours) and I crave more from this first installment. It may be a long time before we see a sequel. I just hope that it provides much more content to sate my voracious literary appetite.
Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant
This is the first book in a young adult fantasy series. Mara is with a young man who is seemingly the Messenger of Fear. He judges people who have done wrong and if they play his game and lose, he rains a horrible punishment down upon them. Mara is apparently in training as a future Messenger of Fear. This book has some violent parts to it but it is an engaging read that will hook both high school students (girls and boys) and adults alike.
thanks Michael for a lovely day enjoyed with you and Mara
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