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  • Posted September 19, 2014

    The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst  Theme: Finding yourself  Genre: Sc

    The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst  Theme: Finding yourself  Genre: Science Fiction 
    Twenty-seven year old Lauren is juggling work and time to take care of her terminally-ill mother who is battling cancer. Instead of going the usual way to work, she keeps driving straight just to be alone before she has to deal with the doctors telling her more bad news about her mother. After a while of driving, Lauren's car breaks down in the middle of a dust storm. She waits until the storm to pass to fix the car. While she is waiting, she sees a mysterious man in the dust storm! He pushes her car all the way to a town called Lost in the middle of a desolate desert. She does not know that this town is called Lost for a reason. This is where you go if you lost something meaningful to you. The only way out is to find your missing object of importance. The only person who can find your object for you is the Missing Man. Soon Lauren comes face to face with the Missing Man. He asks her, her name. She tells him but to her astonishment he turns around and flees the town of Lost. Now the townspeople hate her and chase her out of town. She meets a little girl named Claire. Claire isn’t your ordinary six-year old girl. She knows how to throw knives and fight. She takes Lauren to the Finder. The Finder is a man that magically brings the people to Lost. Claire convinces the Finder that Lauren is special. So together, Lauren, Claire, and the Finder embark on a journey of friendship and trust. Lauren’s goal is to find the Missing Man so she goes into a place where only the Missing Man can go, the Void. The Void is where every lost object is lost waiting to be found. The Missing Man only has the ability to go in there. Lauren takes a risky gamble and goes into the void. She soon realizes that she has power to help people find missing objects just like the Missing Man. Now the townspeople started to be nice to her so she would find their object for them. As time went on, Lauren discovered she had the powers to send people home just by saying a couple of words, “You were lost; you are found.” (Durst55) So, she sent herself home despite the situation in Lost and the Finder admitting that he loved her. Now Lauren must face reality. She was in a coma for three months (that is what the doctors said) because of a car crash (or so that’s what they say), and her mom’s health is declining rapidly. Lauren decides she is taking her mother to Lost (no one ever dies in Lost) and she also wants to help the people get back home. 
    This book was designed to keep the reader waiting to see what would happen next. The author did a pretty good job doing it. Throughout the book I had many reactions. I reacted when Lauren went into the void. I was afraid she might fade. Normal people who go into the Void disappear from lost and die in their reality. But then I got surprised when Lauren walked out of the void carrying missing objects for people. I had a could it really be reaction.  When Lauren awoke from her quote and quote, “coma,” she went to go see her mom and her mom made her meet her therapist.  The author made the therapist have the same physical qualities of the Finder.  My reaction at first was, “I can’t believe it! The Finder went to see Lauren.” As it unfolds, turns out the therapist was not the Finder. I assume the author did it to give the book a little more suspense and questioning since right before Lauren disappeared from Lost, the Finder said that he loved Lauren and that he didn’t want her to go. The author probably did this to make readers believe that the Finder followed her somehow. At the end of the story I had a questioning reaction meaning I wanted to find out what would happen next.  At the end, the setting is at a cemetery for Lauren’s dead mother.  At the funeral, Lauren sees the Missing Man and tries to chase after him but then he disappears. Probably back to Lost. So the author leaves us hanging until the second book coming out shortly… So, I felt weird like “lost” in the middle of a thought that was not yet finished.
    I’d say even though this book leaves you hanging at the end wondering, it makes it all the more worth reading. It’s a book that makes the gears in your head spin. This book should be on everyone’s reading list since it makes you think about places like Lost that in your reality does not exist but could exist making you double check yourself.  Her writing is so descriptive that it makes you feel llke you are in the story. The story has a dark feel but yet so reassuring. The only way to tell is by reading it for yourself.

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  • Posted June 19, 2014

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    Lauren gets in the car as usual and drives to work but instead o

    Lauren gets in the car as usual and drives to work but instead of taking the turn that will take her there, she keeps going straight. Her mother got results back from the doctor and Lauren just wants a few hours escape before she has to hear them. 

    When she enters a dust storm Laurens car stops. She decides to wait out the storm and turn back then, but she sees a stranger in the storm. He stares at her before pushing her car to the outskirts of a town called Lost.  Little does she know that this town is no ordinary town but that its a place where lost things or people go. There's no way to leave until you have found what you've lost and then only the Missing Man can help you. 

    When Lauren meets the Missing Man he asks her name. When she tells him he turns tail and leaves. He leaves town and doesn't come back and the people of Lost blame her.  Will she survive?  Will she be able to find the Missing Man and go home? 

    I'm so glad I got a chance to read this because I loved it!! Sarah Beth Durst has such a flair for writing and she never disappoints. 

    I loved Laurens character. She is a normal girl. She just wants a little bit of time before she hears her mothers news so decides to take a few short hours away from everything. When she gets to Lost she thinks the place to be very weird but she has to spend the night before returning home. The place may be weird but the people are weirder. When she is told what Lost is she just thinks she has landed into a town of crazies. She decides to leave and prays her car starts. Thankfully it does and Lauren drives out of Lost and into the dust storm again, but she finds herself constantly driving past the sign for Lost! She knows she drove straight and never turned so what is going on? When she runs out of petrol she starts to believe the people of Lost and realise she may never leave. The whole time she is in Lost she has the spark in her to go home no matter what. She was spunky but also sweet, kind and a really nice girl.

    The mysterious stranger that pushed her car is Peter. He is The Finder in Lost and "found" Lauren in the dust storm. Anyone left in the storm too long just fades from existence so its his job to find them. Peter for me was the best character. He was mysterious and handsome but a little weird. Lauren has no idea what to make of this person dressed in a trench with no shirt on. He is covered in tattoos and quotes things to her, yet she knows he may be her only hope of finding the Missing Man and going home. 

    Plot wise this reminds me of The Twilight Zone my parents used to watch. You enter a town and every time you try to leave you end up back where you started. Then this town is no ordinary place but a place for all Lost things. I loved the whole mystery surrounding the characters and the town. Each person who enters Lost has to find what they are looking for before they can go home. Each character has a story to tell and we only get a glimpse of some of them. Being book 1 we are left with a lot of unanswered questions like who is the Missing Man? Whats in room 12? Who is Peter exactly? All these questions and more just make me want to read the next book more. 

    Overall, I loved The Lost. The authors style of writing and her imagination are phenomenal. This just sucked me in and didn't let go. In Lost you never know whats around the corner nor who you will meet. Its an odd place but there's a dark side to it as well. Between the feral dogs and the people who live on the outside of town, there's always a dark undertow. The author really makes you fall in love with the peculiar characters and the mysterious place. Her descriptive writing grabbed me and made me part of Lost and I cant wait to return to Lost when The Missing comes out! Highly recommend!!! (I still think Lost is real and that's where all the missing socks go :) ) 

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