In the scope of upcoming hopeful Hollywood blockbusters based off of books, the smash hit novel The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is right on top of the list. While there are dozens of reasons why the book is a great, compelling read, besides the interesting plot, likeable characters and strongly crafter narrative, the number one reason why The Book Thief is so wonderful is the sheer originality.
The Holocaust is a subject that has been written about countless times, but in The Book Thief Zusak does something that has never been done before, makes the narrator Death itself. This is an interesting choice that really adds a second depth to an already powerful story.
A wonderfully compelling, interesting and creative novel, The Book Thief follows a young white girl trying to cope with the events of the Holocaust rapidly unfolding around her. The story follows her plight told from death’s perspective, which creates two distinct lenses that work beautifully when woven together. Zusak is an expert story teller and The Book Thief is a novel well worth your time and energy. The movie is set for release sometime next year, but to get the full experience before the film, I would highly recommend checking out this book as soon as you can.