Both written by Markus Zusak, The Book Thief and I Am The Messenger are two one-of-a-kind novels inundated with breathtaking language and symbolism.
The Book Thief tells the story of Liesel Meminger growing up in Nazi Germany through the lens of an unusual narrator: Death itself. This cover represents one of the 1930s-era banned books which was thrown into a bonfire only to be rescue by Liesel, one of many incidents which earns her the name "Book Thief." The cover, damaged and burnt, reveals Zusak's name, which is otherwise hiding its true nature like many other characters in the book.
I Am The Messenger follows a chain of incidents in the life of Ed Kennedy, a taxi driver in Sydney who always seems to have terrible luck. After accidentally becoming a hero by foiling a bank robbery, Ed starts receiving playing cards in the mail. Each card contains a cryptic message and a set of tasks meant to send an important message. The cover is designed to look like a classic box of trading cards, though it contains a question mark instead of a figure to represent the mystery within the novel.