I read this book after seeing the preview for the movie. Books that take place during WWII have always fascinated me and I was looking forward to reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
The characters are amazing. I loved Liesel and Max's friendship and seeing the softening of the mother's heart as time goes on. There's no doubt that the setting and characters are flawlessly developed.
I thought the idea of death as the narrator of the story was an interesting concept but poorly executed. The narration breaks the flow of the story. Every time "Death's" voice was heard, it was short little descriptions or definitions of specific words. When I was reading these parts, it came off as though it was a portion of the author's outline that he didn't know how else to write into the book.
Another problem I had with The Book Thief was that there was no conflict. There was some tension but every problem was so easily resolved, I couldn't get a real grasp on the story.
Overall, I rate The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 3 stars. With so many other books that take place during this time period, I don't think I'll be recommending this one.