The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

The_Book_Thief_by_Markus_Zusak_book_cover-198x300The Book Thief
 is a book that has been sitting on my shelf for some time now.  I can’t even remember who gave it to me or if I grabbed it at the used book store one day. I finally got around to picking it up as a break from a long run of Sci-Fi, and I can’t believe I had this gem sitting on my shelf for so long.

The Book Thief tells the story of a young girl being raised by foster parents in WWII era Germany. Her family and neighborhood struggle to deal with the power and consequences of the war.  It sounds like it would be a very dark and heavy read, which is probably why it sat on my shelf for so long, but it has a creative style and a heartwarming story.

The Book Thief is unique (to me anyway) in two ways. It has a strange way of spoiling itself by giving you little hints about each chapter before it starts, and it has a refreshing style of narration.  The story is being told by Death himself who seems to  be getting a little tired of his job. This was definitely one of my favorite reads of 2012!