Posted by: journalisma5 | February 4, 2011

There’s nothing better than your partner in crime.

In the book The Blade Itself, written by Marcus Sakey, Danny Carter and his accomplice, Evan, made their living by robbing pawnshops and liquor stores. Then, one day, when they almost get caught, Evan fires a gun. With that, everything they had worked for went down the drain.

Evan spent seven years in prison, and when he came out, the first thing he did was to go find his ex partner in crime, Danny. By then, Danny had started a whole new life with stable job and a stable girlfriend. But with Evan coming back into his almost-perfect life, Danny sees what he really is, who he used to be.

The story clearly depicts the relationship Danny and Evan had as crime partners and it’s interesting because the relationship hasn’t changed despite the fact that they had spent the last 7 years in a different environment, surrounded with different people.

This story strongly shows how a person, who had once failed in something, can bring themselves up by believing in something, and more importantly, in themselves. Evan, while in prison, had been bullied by other prisoners, but he kept believing that his best friend was out there, waiting for him to return.

I think this book can teach you how important having a best friend is, how planning ahead always helps in life, and that firing a gun is never a good idea.

The story itself is thrilling, and Sakey’s way of writing is very unique. The conversations that take place between the characters are witty, but they are thoughtful at the same time.



  1. I was looking for a good book to read while winter break. Your post sounded interesting, so I would like to read The Blade Itself.
    I never thought about the feeling of a prisoner, and after they get out of the prison. I’ve heard that reading can give us not only knowledge, but experience as well. I don’t want to get caught by the police, so that means I should read this book!
    I also want to know what will happen to Evan and Danny. To find out the ending, I have to read and finish it!
    I’d like to find this book before the winter break starts. Thank you for introducing this book!

  2. I find this book very complicated because Danny had a stable job and girlfriend but Evan changes his life. I thought that it was difficult for Danny to choose whether or not to be with Evan or live a normal life. But it was interesting for me to know that their relationship hasn’t changed even though they lived for seven years in a different environment. It said that this book shows how people can bring themselves up by believing in something. Of course I don’t have any experience of being caught, but I can imagine the main character’s feeling really well.

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