Lost and Found

Lost and Found

by Orson Scott Card

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Overview

"Are you really a thief?"

That's the question that has haunted fourteen-year-old Ezekiel Blast all his life. But he's not a thief, he just has a talent for finding things. Not a superpower—a micropower. Because what good is finding lost bicycles and hair scrunchies, especially when you return them to their owners and everyone thinks you must have stolen them in the first place? If only there were some way to use Ezekiel's micropower for good, to turn a curse into a blessing. His friend Beth thinks there must be, and so does a police detective investigating the disappearance of a little girl. When tragedy strikes, it's up to Ezekiel to use his talent to find what matters most.

Master storyteller Orson Scott Card delivers a touching and funny, compelling and smart novel about growing up, harnessing your potential, and finding your place in the world, no matter how old you are.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161347072
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publication date: 09/10/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 2,726
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Orson Scott Card, the author of the New York Times bestseller Ender’s Game, has won several Hugo and Nebula awards for his works of speculative fiction. His Ender novels are widely read by adults and younger readers and are increasingly used in schools. Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy, American-frontier fantasy, biblical novels, poetry, plays, and scripts.

Hometown:

Greensboro, North Carolina

Date of Birth:

August 24, 1951

Place of Birth:

Richland, Washington

Education:

B.A. in theater, Brigham Young University, 1975; M.A. in English, University of Utah, 1981

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Lost and Found 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Orson Scott Card is one of my favorite authors, so I knew I would love this new book, and I wasn't disappointed! He creates such real but difficult characters, and everything about the story is relatable and at the same time a bit quirky and just plain awesome! Lots of fun, and suspense!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Great new concept. We all have small or micropowers. This book explains some and is a great story to boot. Recommended to millennials both male and female alike. Very enjoyable
_Bookwyrm 21 days ago
Absolutely brilliant, Card at his finest Arguably the best book that Orson Scott Card has ever written; he’s at his absolute best here. I've always been a sucker for re-reading Ender's Game, but Lost and Found is my new re-readable Card favorite. Absolutely brilliant characterization and world-building. I love the whole idea of micropowers, but that’s not what’s really shining here… It’s the relationships and the characters. The mysteries take second place as the heart of the story will capture your heart. Its moments stolen from the human condition and our collective experience, wrapped up with healing wisdom. This is not a lighthearted read; while this feels like a YA, it’s similar to Ender’s Game with its dark, dark moments and terrifying glimpses into the pain of adolescence. Heads-up for triggering: violence against children, kidnapping, and predation. I received this book as an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) from the publisher through NetGalley. My opinions are my own.
JenniferForJoy 6 months ago
I want everyone to read this book so we can talk about it. It's one of those books. Recommended: yessssss ♥ For people who also adore Orson Scott Card's work, for those who want immediately deep and lovable characters, for an intriguing exploration of unique tiny magic that will have you thinking about what your micropower might be. For lovely warm fuzzies enhanced by the incredible darkness woven together Thoughts: Oh, lord. I saw Orson Scott Card on a new book on NetGalley, and when I got that approval message, I jumped up, clapped in delight, and shouted "YES!!!!" (luckily my boyfriend is pretty used to my book-thrills by now). I really tried to keep my expectations down, because overhyping something in your mind can ruin it, but I love Orson Scott Card's work so much that I just couldn't tamp down my hopes. And you know what? LUCKILY IT DIDN'T MATTER, BECAUSE IT WAS SO GOOD. Reasons this was so good - characters you immediately love from the first conversations - every conversation MATTERS. No space fillers - you will be drawn into the debates and think deeply on your own questions of fairness, evil, death, love, friendship, bravery, and so much more - a delicate and realistic balance of light and dark that perfectly reflects reality - an ending that lingers, and makes you think about yourself and all others a bit differently, a bit more thoughtfully and kindly - A touch of magic, but written in such a way that you have to wonder if it's really magic, or if we just overlook the wonders of the world without recognizing how incredible people can be Read this. Then get back to me with what your micropower might be. I'm still thinking on mine. Thanks to Blackstone & NetGalley for a free copy to review.
Anonymous 6 months ago
***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of LOST AND FOUND by Orson Scott Card in exchange for my honest review.*** Lost and Found focuses on Ezekiel Blast, a high school student who has a talent for finding things. He has a knack of returning all these lost items to their owners, but it has also made for a bad reputation for him. Follow along as Blast attempts to turn his life around in a way that only Orson Scott Card can write. I absolutely loved these characters and their backstories. This book is one that every one needs to consider reading. It really speaks loudly to the issues that are becoming much more prevalent in today's society and to our 'future generations.' What if having mental health issues actually highlights certain aspects of our brains and gives us these unusual talents? Looking at these issues that a majority of us have to deal with, whether we require treatment for them or not, helps to bring a real light to them instead of this faked acceptance. Add in the continued bullying that faces a majority of high school students, and it is a premise that I feel most people can relate to. As with all of Orson Scott Card's books, he kept me guessing where the book was going to head. What I thought the book was going to be about, abruptly changed and kept me intrigued in what would happen next. Let's just say that Card continues to have a few aces up his sleeve. Card wrote a book that relates to now and I imagine that it will become another classic for our future generations to learn from. Originally I thought, that this book didn't deserve a full set of stars in the rating because I wondered when I would ever re-read it. Once you read it once, would I need to pick it up again? But when I thought about it some more, I realized that I would. There are small clues and hints to pick up with each reading and the moral of the story doesn't change: maybe we are all just lost... Thank you Blackstone Publishing and Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book.
Carolina Herdegen 6 months ago
Language: R (55 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG13; Violence: PG13 BUYING ADVISORY: HS – ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH Ezekiel hasn’t had a friend since he was six because of his criminal background, but then a pesky girl starts joining him on the walk to school. This girl, Beth, won’t leave Ezekiel alone, and she won’t stop talking. But maybe this pesky girl is the catalyst for change—change for Ezekiel and their community, whether they want it or not. Card is a wonderful author, and I was pleasantly surprised that I became as engrossed with this story as I have with his other ones (because this one seemed closer to home). The idea of “micropowers” elicited a lot of personal thought as I read, I loved that the mysteries solved were possible for me to solve alongside Ezekiel, and my favorite aspect is Ezekiel’s constant, clever quips. From the engaging first page to the resolutions of the last page, I couldn’t resist the desire to read just one more chapter. The mature content rating is for sexual jokes and mentions of child pornography; the violence rating is for death gore and mentions of rape.
Madison-s_Library 6 months ago
Orson Scott Card has a fantastic writing style that provides such a compelling and put-together story. Lost and Found had me hooked - I didn’t want to put it down and I just had to know what would happen next, all while loving every moment of this fun and unique story. Ezekiel can find lost things. He’s not sure why he has this usual talent and it has certainly made his life hard, especially when everyone - from his classmates to the police- think he is a thief when he returns the lost items to their owners. His new friend Beth, a girl with her own reasons for staying away from other people, tries to convince him that his talent has the power to help people and encourages him to experiment with it. Then Ezekiel is approached by a police detective who thinks Ezekiel may be the key to solving a little girl’s kidnapping. I love YA mystery novels, yet sometimes the reason for the teen to be involved in the detective work is a stretch at best or seems a little unlikely. Not so in Lost and Found. Yes, perhaps Ezekiel’s micropower stretches the boundaries of reality but the world that is built around the story makes complete sense. Ezekiel is not the only one with a micropower and the sections of the book devoted to him meeting others with similar but unique seemingly useless powers are fantastic additions to the story. As Ezekiel discovers more about the possibility of the existence of mircopowers, comes to accept that his ability to locate and rehome lost items is a micropower and starts to experiment with this ability, he earns his place as a junior detective. And it turns out he is pretty good at it. I loved Ezekiel’s voice. Loved his sense of humour and self-depreciation. Having been labeled by the police, by teachers and peers, he expects little from those around him. Ezekiel has a colourful and unique way of viewing his world, or labelling and spinning the details he sees, and he tells the hell out of his story, with his own unique twist. It also makes him an unreliable narrator - there were a few times I had to do a double take at some of the names of streets, for example, only to realise later that Ezekiel has a thing about renaming things and people. I loved, loved, loved Ezekiel’s relationship with his dad. I loved the relationship his dad had with Ezekiel. It is a solid relationship, only made more so by the events of the book. It is a pleasure to read such a positive father-son relationship in YA fiction. While Lost and Found has a young tone to its storytelling, I would recommend this book to mature YA readers due to the reasons given behind the kidnapping, and while most details are spared, there is enough detail given and very serious themes raised that make this book more appropriate for older teen readers. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.
KindigBlog 6 months ago
Ezekiel Bliss has a micropower - he can find lost objects and return them to their owners. But when an FBI Agent asks for help on a missing person’s case Ezekiel’s power is put to the ultimate test. Having loved Enders Game when I was younger, I was excited to read something new from Orson Scott Card. However, Lost and Found seemed to fall a bit flat – I wasn’t really sure what it was trying to be. There was an element of sci-fi introduced via the weird micropowers – I liked Ezekiels ability but all the rest didn’t quite seem to match up to his. It felt like Scott Card had a great idea for his main character but then ran out of ideas trying to extend it to everyone else. There’s a crime element to the story as well which I did enjoy – the kidnapping story line together with Ezekiel’s power was interesting and fast paced. Then there was a kind of coming of age/embracing who you are/learning to love someone part which to me just felt awkward. Beth and Ezekiel’s relationship felt very two dimensional – the dialogue was clunky and felt forced and at times they spoke like children who were a lot younger than the 14 years old they were supposed to be. There was also a lot of unnecessary dialogue which I found myself skipping over – repetitive conversations that didn’t go anywhere or lines that felt too much like they were trying to be intellectual or witty but didn’t quite hit the mark. There were a couple of jarring remarks in the book to sexuality as well that I found a little dangerous in a young adult book – implying that Ezekiel would have to be ‘brain-dead or completely not-male’ to not notice a female character’s breasts for example. There is one part of the book that suddenly takes a turn for the creepy which I really enjoyed but wish that one of the characters involved was explored in more depth from this (no spoilers). Overall Lost and Found was a bit of a disappointment – it has potential but clunky dialogue and stilted characters meant it didn’t really work for me. Thank you to NetGalley & Blackstone Publishing for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
MrsBirdsWords 7 months ago
I give this book 4 out of 5 birds. There were so many times I thought I LOVE THIS BOOK and then a few where it felt like it dragged or felt resolved too fast. The characters were mostly likable. I did like Ezekiel and especially his dad. I found Beth slightly annoying. I don’t want to give anything away but from the middle to the end I was like WAIT WHAT? WHY IS NO ONE ADDRESSING HOW ABSURED BETH IS. I mean Orson tried, but her life that she portrayed was so out there. This story focused on micro-powers. Ezekiels was returning things. I loved this concept. I have a micro power- I can remember where the most random item is when you lose it. When my husband is looking for his chapstick, instantly I’m like duh it’s on the sock on the floor on the left side under the bed….. The micro powers were fun and I liked reading about them. The plot was pretty good but also predictable. I”d say read it. It was worth it and entertaining, but maybe just check it out from the library. I also don’t know exactly what I would classify this book as… Definitely YA but it blurred the lines of contemporary, mystery, sci-fi???? Lost and Found drops on September 10, 2019. I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. #amreading #mrsbirdswords #booklover #Bibliophile #bookaddict #bookreccomendation #goodreads #fiction #bookshelf #booksofinstagram #netgalley #yafiction #orsonscottcard #lostandfound #summerreading #dystopian #teenreading
Sleepy 7 months ago
Instead of superheroes, this book has "micro" heroes. Because no one can fly or use any of the awesome powers comic heroes normally have, but some rare individuals have a small unusual talent that's more comical than practical. Until a situation arises where Ezekiel's ability can save the day. This story wasn't just about using powers. It was also just as much about friendship and family. The characters are precocious teens, like Card's Ender's Game. So they're constantly using high vocabulary terms and over philosophizing every idea. I liked Ezekiel's father's profession. It's pretty rare to see in a book, though it's common enough in real life. But it added a very interesting dimension, and he's an amazing father. The idea of micro powers had me wondering about them in real life too. Some of the ideas and topics brought up in this book deserve a PG13 rating. I definitely don't think younger kids should be reading this. Aside from that, the characters, plot, and emotional impact were terrific. There's great banter here (a bit too much at times, but that's what skimming is for). I really enjoyed the characters' relationships and interactions, and I liked the micro power abilities. I'd take a useless ability any day over having zero ability. It was a great book, and I definitely recommend it. I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
ReadingInPortlandOR 7 months ago
Lost and Found This was my first OSCard book, and I was captured from the very start! The tag line got me, even though it was listed as YA, and as I’m very OA, I don’t usually dip my toes in this pond much. I am so very glad I did. Main protagonist Ezekiel isn’t comfortable in his own skin, world, and life. He’s got many good reasons, all of which give him plenty of justification for his crankiness. The short girl who steps up on the walk from and to school invading his bubble doesn’t help. . . .until she does. This book is about the growth of that relationship, and the irony of where the people who bug you most turn up in your priority list if they last. But like Ginsu knives, Wait! There’s More! Introduced for the first time to this reader are Micropowers and how they fit in a person’s life, and if they make any difference at all. Clearly, they do. There’s a book about it! And a non-therapy group of micropotents with a leader, and an FBI agent, and kidnappers, and threats of death are involved. There are responsible parents, irresponsible parents, dead parents, bullies, reformed bullies, discussions of belly-buttons, spiders and the power of the yawn. Randomness you’d never believe could work so well together. I enjoyed the character development, and the depths to which the author explored “head talk,” those voices in our heads that never stop contradicting themselves until you get down to the nugget of what’s being discussed. For some that might be tedious, but since that happens in my head, it felt very familiar. So many tidbits got me - but the wordplay and fun with words written and verbalised, their origins and uses - that had to be very close to the top. The banter between Ekeziel and his dad as they discussed language and its power was sporty and nimble; it made me smile. The engaged reader of Lost and Found finds, at its heart, how families succeed, how they fail; and of what fabric of friendship is made. Just so you know, I’ve begun working on identifying my micropowers (I can recognize a “face” in just about any textured surface! HA!) I highly recommend this book, and will be looking for my own copy to keep on hand for the grandkids. And in case anyone is taking a vote, I’d love to read more of these characters, along the line of a series. My sincere thanks to Orson Scott Card, Blackstone Publishing and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review an ARC copy of this book.
Megansnarfle 7 months ago
Lost and Found is a book of everyday superheroes. Labeled “micropowers” by the characters, these powers are things that seem useless to those who have them - none more so than Ezekiel, who sees no use to his power of finding lost objects like scrunchies (since who would want a dirty scrunchie back?). Throughout this story of friendship, loss, family, and loneliness, Ezekiel finds out just how powerful these small micropowers can be. I found the characters to be wonderfully weird and likable. Ezekiel, his dad, Beth, and Shank in particular - and even the side characters - are intriguing. Their relationships delve into the ideas of what it means to be a friend or a family. I thought this story developed very well. By a little less than halfway through I was hooked so much that I couldn’t put it down for the rest. Part mystery story, part superhero tale, and part story of family, friendship, and coming of age, this book has quite a bit of depth to it. I would be interested to read more about these characters and the others with micro powers and how they develop in future books. Many thanks to the publisher and to NetGalley for the free copy to review in exchange for my honest opinions.
LHill2110 7 months ago
High school freshman Ezekial Blast — pariah, outcast, weirdo. Until one day a “short” girl who looks seven but is in fact fourteen — asks if she can join him in his “shunning bubble” as protection on her way to school. Ignoring his reluctance and his loud and repeated requests for silence, she rapidly becomes the best (and in truth only) friend he has ever had. Ezekial has a “micropower” — he sees “lost” things everywhere and feels a compulsion to return them to their owners whose location he always “knows.” In the past, this “talent” has earned him nothing but accusations and interrogations — how could he have these things and know to whom they belonged to unless he stole them himself — but now a relatively reasonable police man is asking for his help in locating a missing girl… Ezekial is the epitome of Card’s signature snarky and ultra-intelligent teenager. Creative, full of self exploration and realization, this will appeal to misunderstood teens everywhere.
QuirkyCat 7 months ago
Orson Scott Card is at it again. Here he’s made a whole new world for us to follow. Or rather, all-new characters and abilities, set on earth (for a change). It’s marketed as a young adult novel, full of teens with powers. But it does have some darker subjects to be aware of (see below). Ezekiel Blast is a finder. He can find things. Or rather, lost things tend to just find him. That has caused him all sorts of trouble in the past – from being accused of theft to nearly being arrested for trying to return something he found. But all of that is about to change, as he learns to control his micropower in hopes of finding a little lost girl. And to think, none of it would have happened if a police officer hadn’t given him a chance and tried to make him do something with his gift. “You know that I’m the school leper. Why would you walk with me?” “I’m not walking with you. I’m walking inside your shunning bubble.” Warnings: Lost and Found has some seriously dark elements hidden within. There are kidnappings, mentions of beatings with no consequences, bullying, child pornography, and (spoiler warning here) details about a body decomposing. I’m not going to say much on the latter, because it is a big revelation later on, but things get dangerously dark around that point. Consider yourself warned. Lost and Found was an interesting concept; a kid with micropowers being forced to learn how to deal with them. Ezekiel Blast hasn’t had an easy life, with having lost things show up around him, only for people to accuse him of theft should he dare return them. That little twist did make his plot a lot more interesting, I’ll give you that. I loved the concept behind the micropowers. It was fun to see powers used in a significantly smaller scale. My biggest regret is that we didn’t get to see more kids with them – just a handful, and even then we didn’t get to see too much of them. I will say that I felt like this novel is marketed in an odd way. It’s written for a younger audience – the writing alone made that very clear. But there are some very dark subjects and themes running throughout this book, from the kidnappings and child pornography to Beth’s whole plot. It might be a little much, given the target audience. I can’t help but notice that Orson Scott Card seems to have a pattern when it comes to his main characters. Ezekial is brilliant, young, underestimated and misunderstood. Sound familiar? It should. This cookie cutter character did break the immersion a bit. But maybe a younger audience (which is the target audience, remember) won’t know as much of his other works yet? On the whole, I think that Lost and Found actually did have a great premise. It was just the follow through that ultimately was a letdown.
mudder17 7 months ago
A very solid 4.5 stars, which I will round up because I enjoyed it so much and had to force myself to stop halfway through so I could catch some sleep! I ended up finishing it on the plane at midnight with a satisfied sigh. So why not a 5 star rating? I think it's because the mystery of the first girl seemed to be resolved a bit too quickly, and then it was fairly easy to predict how it would end for the second part. It didn't take away from my enjoyment of the story and yet, I wish it had been a bit more balanced. So what did I love about the book? I loved the characters. I loved the banter that Ezekiel had with others, especially his dad, Shank, Beth, and "Banshee". I have always loved the author's writing style and these conversations are intelligent without being condescending. The idea of "micropowers" was very interesting and I loved how the characters explored and talked through what they were feeling or thinking of, etc., so that they could figure out how they might work. The friendships Ezekiel eventually developed as he learned what friendship was and who really mattered to him were also very enjoyable to read about. I would probably categorize this as young adult rather than middle school age, mostly because some of the topics mentioned (kidnapping, child trafficking/pornography, death) might be tough for some younger readers. But an older middle schooler could probably handle it. Thanks to #NetGalley, #OrsonScottCard, and the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
thegeekishbrunette 7 months ago
The cover and synopsis is what pulled me in from the start as it usually goes. I had high hopes for this one and although it hit a few of them, there were parts to this story that just fell a tad short. Ezekiel Blast is full of sarcasm. He is a real "blast" to be around (I couldn't help myself, haha). He is pretty closed off until Beth makes an appearance into his life and its never the same. I enjoyed the character development for Ezekiel. He had dealt with loss at a young age and even some criminal issues that weren't warranted but came with his ability which inevitably labeled him as a thief. He was relatable because at times he wants to give up and forget what he can do but realizes that helping others outweighs the bad that can come with it. He is realistic with his choices and that's one thing I always enjoy about characters. Beth is a minor character but major in the plot and character development for Ezekiel. She isn't really shy but builds up walls around her because of her height, being bullied because of it, and family issues she is dealing with alone. She is very present in the beginning and because of the plot, steps into the back but is still on the mind of Ezekial. She was a decent character but at times it felt like her and Ezekial were one in the same when it came to their dialogue. It also felt this way with other characters and when everyone is saying sarcastic things it just isn't that appealing to read. The one thing that saved this book was the plot. At times it was very obvious as to what was going to happen and very unbelievable with how quickly things were solved. Even with these issues, I was still hooked with the plot and wanted to continue reading to find out how it would all play out. The micropowers are pretty micro in this story and it is more about the characters than the powers. Even though I had some issues with this book, it was still a pretty enjoyable read. eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
Craig1954 8 months ago
Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. I was expecting something much different from Orson Scott Card. I am glad I kept at this after the first pages. They were slow going but were necessary for the total story. Pay attention to the well developed conversations throughout.
Kacey14 8 months ago
Rating: 3.5 curious stars rounded up to 4 stars This was such an interesting book. Orson Scott Card took me on a really unique reading experience. This Young Adult book slotted, as in the Sci-Fi genre was not was I expecting to read at all. I was pleasantly surprised it get to know Ezekiel Bliss/Blast and most of the characters that surrounded him. Ninth grader, Ezekiel has a not a superpower, but a micropower that enables him to find lost things. He then feels compelled to try to find the owner of the objects, which has gotten him into trouble in the past because the assumption is that he has stolen the item, not simply found it. What I especially loved about the storytelling in this book was that the dialogue was so clever. Pay close attention while reading this book. It is often subtle. The book is so funny when you catch the irony and the understated humor. It can also be heartbreaking. I imagine Ezekiel as somewhere on the autism spectrum, or in the genius IQ range. I can’t decide which. Either way he can be obstinate in his logic that to him sees perfectly correct. Ezekiel and his friend Beth join a research group to if they can harness their micropowers to provide some good in the world. However, all may not be as it seems on the surface. This is a bit of a family drama, a coming-of-age story, and a quirky sci-fi adventure. Keep reading. This is a good one! ‘Thank-You’ to NetGalley; the publisher, Blackstone Publishing; and the author, Orson Scott Card, for providing a free e-ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Reader4102 8 months ago
Ezekiel Blast, a fourteen-year-old, has a talent – he finds things, but when he tries to return the things he finds, he’s accused of being a thief. The police bullied and harassed him, the owners of the objects he finds beat him up and then call the police. He is a pariah at school – no one wants to be around him. He tries ignoring the things he sees on the ground, but it’s hard and causes him anxiety. Then a sophomore at his school, Beth, wants to walk with him to and from school, but she has an ulterior motive – she wants his protection because she, too, is bullied and harassed by their fellow students – because she is also different. The two of them become friends. When the police needs Ezekiel’s help in finding a lost girl, he is obviously reluctant to help them after so many years of abuse by those same people asking for his help now. Card has written a compelling, complex book about two teens who are smart, funny, and insightful. The dialogue will have you smiling at times and wiping a tear from your eyes at others. I enjoyed the characters because of their intelligence, their willingness to continue despite the hardships in their lives, and being able to be friends in spite of their differences. This book is categorized as a young adult/middle school book. I’m not sure it is appropriate for middle school readers nor do I think they will be engaged by it. But as an adult, I found it funny, engaging, and with characters that were intriguing and think high schoolers might think the same. Thanks to Blackstone and Edelweiss for an eARC.
Anonymous 8 months ago
This book started in a way that led me to believe I knew what kind of story I was about to read and then turned 180º degrees and left me looking around myself looking for clues. It's the cover's fault. I could not resist it. If you want a bad summary about this book here it is: a bunch of superheroes kids except they aren't superheroes because all their powers either suck or are totally useless I didn't care much for the story after realizing that it wasn't going to end the way I expected it too but I loved the characters all the way, mainly the interactions between them that were filled with humor, snarkiness, and irony. This is not exactly a single story but a space in time in Ezekiel's life where a lot happens and he just has to go with it. Throughout all of that, we get to read a lot about friendship and see how much Beth (who is freaking amazing) changes his life for the better. This book could have gone with so many different directions without changing a single thing about its characters, that's how real they are. Also, I really loved that there were characters in here that were on the autism spectrum and how the author treated them. Thank you to NetGalley and Blackstone for this ARC.
Kristi_D 8 months ago
(rating: 2.5 / 5) I struggled a lot with various aspects of this book. My biggest issue was the dialog. Not just the dialog itself, but the way it was framed. I’m a huge dialog person, both in my reading and my writing. And this book was something like 75% dialog. Because outside of the actual events that occurred surrounding the lost girl (and even during that), it felt like the characters were always either standing around or sitting around talking. And there was very little in the way of action happening during the talking. Part of my dislike of the dialog was with the actual content. There was so much snark and snappiness, it was just overwhelming. Almost like it was trying too hard to be witty and intelligent. Most of the characters talked nearly identical, even the minor ones, so it was really difficult to get a sense of who was talking. The only thing that really led me to understand that Ezekiel was particularly smart was that the detective said as much to him. But sometimes, the detective talked just like him, except without the constant need to correct people, so I guess that’s what made Ezekiel smarter? Some dialog scenes actually read as if the characters were doing nothing but one-up’ing each other in being more and more correct about what they were trying to say. And I really didn't buy either Ezekiel or Beth as early teens due to their dialog. Ezekiel’s micropower is analyzed to death, right up until the end of the book. On the other hand, a few certain elements (that I won’t detail for the sake of spoilers) were left completely unexplained. And there were certain things that happened in this book that reminded me of my 10-year-old self writing about a girl who got her best friend adopted alongside her simply because she was plucky enough to ask. It just felt a bit too unlikely in several spots (including what would likely allowed in police work). But maybe Card has done some research and knows some things I don’t (I am definitely not an expert). As far as the plot goes, it got off to a bit of a slow start, and then started to get interesting. And then went a surprising direction right at about the halfway point, and then became too predictable because of that. I know this is vague, but I don’t want to spoil anything. And a warning: it’s fairly dark and gritty for a YA book. Now, the positives. Because I did give this book some stars. Ezekiel’s dad. I really like seeing a parent portrayed in such a great light, especially a father, because let’s face it, they’re pretty beat up in fiction of various mediums these days. I also liked the way the detective treated Ezekiel, for the most part, outside of the unlikely things. I really did like the premise, and even the plot, for the first half of the book. Then it felt like a rinse and repeat for the second half. I struggled with how many stars to give this book. While I was reading it, I was hovering around 3-3.5. But by the end, I couldn’t figure out what I was seeing that gave it even that much redeeming value. I hate writing a review like this, and I will sum up by saying that a lot of this is personal preference. But it really didn’t suit my preference. I think there are plenty of people who would enjoy the quick, snarky dialog though, considering that the writing actually reminded me of a few people I know. So for those who enjoy that type of writing, it’s probably worth a read. Thank you to Netgalley and Blackstone Publishing for providing me a copy of this book to
KarlieSch 8 months ago
"He never allowed any of the what-ifs to become a plan, because he knew that absolutely nothing was under his control." I was originally drawn to this book because of the cover, and then I realized the author is Orson Scott Card.  Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow are two of my most favorite books so I had to check out Lost and Found.  A middle grade read with less of a touch of science fiction than Card's other books,  this story was still a lot of fun.  Orson Scott Card is so versatile in his writing.  His books are always so engaging and absorbing no matter the intended audience.  I wouldn't rank this book up there with the Ender's series but it definitely warrants the read. I feel that this is a great place to start if you're looking for an introduction to this author, but not yet ready for the more science-fictiony books that's he's famous for. In stores today 9/10/19! Disclaimer: I received a free ARC of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
SchizanthusNerd 8 months ago
Ezekiel is almost 15 and in ninth grade at Downy High School. His usual mood is one of “resentful loneliness”. The other kids have actively avoided him since the fifth grade because they think he’s a thief, although he isn’t. He actually has a micropower, which enables him to find things that are lost and return them to their owner. “It was as if he had been born with this mission in life: to see that all lost things were returned.” Beth is almost 14 but is in tenth grade and declares she’s “smart enough for college”. She tells Ezekiel she’s “a proportionate dwarf” and her height is referenced at every opportunity during the book, often in offensive ways. Beth is Ezekiel’s only friend. Ezekiel’s micropower is of interest to Dr. Withunga, who runs the Group of Rare and Useless Talents (GRUT). The others in the group also have their own individual talents, which run the gamut from being able to make people yawn to knowing if someone’s belly button is an innie or an outie when they’re fully clothed. While these talents are used by the participants they’re not exactly lining up to save the world with them. These are micropowers, after all; there’s no one from DC or Marvel in sight. Until Ezekiel is approached by a police officer with an unusual request. Help him find a missing girl. Except Ezekiel has never found a person before, only objects. I was really excited to read this book. I love anything superhero related so figured anything even hinting at micro heroes would be right up my alley. I loved the concept and there were sections of this book I would have loved as a kid. Adult me is conflicted. I had trouble figuring out the audience for this book. The writing felt like I was reading a middle grade book but then very dark themes were introduced, which would be more suitable for older readers. I found the reveals predictable and I didn’t like most of the characters. Ezekiel could be a semi thoughtful human being at times but when he was in “brat mode” I found him insufferable. Besides knowing which character had which micropower, the kids in GRUT were fairly interchangeable. No one had a distinct voice and practically everyone in this book was trying to out-snark each another. While I usually enjoy banter it exhausted me here. Most of the characters spoke almost exclusively in sarcasm (I would usually love this) but there was a lot of dialogue that was mean, rude and offensive. I needed to switch my brain into ‘don’t question this’ mode whenever law enforcement allowed children to be involved in their investigation. Content warnings are included in my Goodreads review. Thank you so much to NetGalley and Blackstone Publishing for the opportunity to read this book.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Ezekiel Blast is a 14 year old boy with an unusual gift, he senses when objects are lost and returns them to their owners or to Lost and Found. Unfortunately other people, being cynical and suspicious, prefer to believe that Ezekiel is a thief (although why he feels the need to return things is never explained) and he has become a pariah, ostracised by his school-fellows and living a sad, solitary life with his father, the only one who believes him. Then two extraordinary things happen to Ezekiel. First, a new girl called Beth Sorenson, 13 years old but with a growth hormone deficiency and a metabolic disorder that makes her look like a proportionate dwarf, decides to make friends with Ezekiel, or at least travel in his "shunning bubble" on the way to school so she doesn't get bullied. It's the first time that Ezekiel has had a friend, although he finds her more of a nuisance at first. Secondly, Ezekiel is invited to take part in a study called 'Group of Rare and Useless Talents' which explores the boundaries of talents like Ezekiel's through scientific experiments. Then a policeman comes to Ezekiel's home, not this time to arrest him for stealing things but instead to assist with looking for a young girl who has gone missing. Although Ezekiel refuses to help the policeman at first, explaining that he finds objects not people, because people are never really lost, as he and Beth test his talent he finds he may be able to find people after all. The first half of this book is everything I would expect of a young teen novel. Funny, clever, full of the trials and tribulations of being a child, especially a clever child, in a world where adults rule. Obviously it's Orson Scott Card so the writing is witty and engaging right from the get-go but like his other young adult series, the incomparable Ender's Saga, there is a dark and scary undertone. When tragedy strikes (and it is shocking) Ezekiel must put his new found skills to their limit. I loved this book although I found the adult theme shocking for a teen novel, maybe that's a sign of my age, so I would recommend parental caution if the reader is a young or sensitive reader. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.