Book ReviewREVIEW: Lost and Found | SKAVANSIEUR

REVIEW: Lost and Found | SKAVANSIEUR

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I used to hate the Kindle app, but now I have a new respect for it.

When I would download books from NetGalley, I always resented downloading Kindle because of:
The design in some books is out of place.
2. The text in ridiculously tiny graphic novels.
3. I only have the Kindle app on my phone. Reading from my phone makes me easily distracted.

But now that my feedback score on NetGalley is lower than my favorite, I’m glad the Kindle app kept my previous downloads of books I didn’t get to read (expired before I got to read it, or I just wasn’t in the mood for it). I found a total of 6 books there, and by reviewing at least 3 of them can help me improve my score.

This is one of them.

tl; dr: Too many book requests in NetGalley is a thing. The Kindle app is your best friend. Orson Scott Card is a great writer.


Lost and Found
By Orson Scott Card

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summary of the story

“Are you really a thief?”

This is the question that has haunted fourteen-year-old Ezekiel Blast all his life. But he is not a thief, he only has a talent for finding things. Not a superpower – a micro power. Because what good is a web site if it simply “blends in” with everything else out there? If only there was some way to use Ezekiel’s micro power for good, to turn a curse into a blessing. His girlfriend Beth thinks he must be, and so does a police detective investigating the disappearance of a little girl. When the tragedy occurs, it is up to Ezekiel to use his talent to find what is most important.

Storyteller Master Orson Scott Card brings a touching and funny, compelling and clever novel about growing up, exploiting your potential and finding your place in the world, no matter how old you are.

Book review

* An electronic copy was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


























Rating: 5 out of 5.

t / w: Death, bullying, profanity, kidnapping, child trafficking, children (mentions only)

Note: This book deals with the problem of kidnapping, human trafficking and child pornography. This is a serious matter, and it is happening everywhere and everywhere in the world. As I write the review right now, I do not know if I want to continue it on my blog, or be connected to any kind of books related to it. I would classify it as a novel perhaps for children around the age of 14 and up, and I think that regardless of the difficult and felt issue, it is hard to shy away from the cruel reality of this world. Otherwise, this is a very good book about relationships, trust and hidden potential, which I enjoyed.

“It means I trust you and you can trust me. It means that if something goes wrong for you, I help as much as I can. It means that if you are not in the place expected of you, I am looking for you. It means that if good things happen, I am happy for you.”

Lost and Found (Orson Scott Card)

This book easily fits into my top five books this year. It deals with friendships, family relationships and a lot of jokes that I really enjoyed. Each character presented had a purpose in the story and was not there just for the sake of it.

At first, like Ezekiel, I thought Shabbat was annoying. The thought of having an unwanted person who wants to cling to you annoys me, but I really liked his interaction. The conversations in this book are so well written, not only between Ezekiel and Beit, but also with the adults. It was quite mature with a lot of joking. Sure, you could argue that it was childish and cheeky, but if a child could think of such reactions, it would be very cool. It reminds me of the reactions of the BBC’s Sherlock Holmes, or those of Dr. Gregory House, but maybe I’m biased.

The book was very enjoyable. The first chapter flew so fast, and I was able to finish this book in four days, much faster than any other book of that length. It was a pretty quick book and it was certainly not unexpected, but it was not shocking. All the events and choices made sense, so it is clear that Card had a very well-designed plan.

The main characters were all very kind, well written and dynamic. Each character had some unique point of view and ability, some had real abilities called ‘micro-power’ throughout the book. There was a huge belief that everyone has micro power. It’s just like a superpower, but less super, less impressive. For Ezekiel, it was his ability to find lost things, for Dalia it was to make someone yawn, for Skunk (Ezekiel, gave him that nickname, which he does for almost every character, but his name is Lenny), he could turn poultry stench into pleasant aromas . You will discover the micro forces of others throughout the book.

As much as I laughed out loud while reading, I also cried so much, especially towards the end. I really liked the relationships, especially between Ezekiel and his father. Some people may think that the way they communicate with each other may be unrealistic or perhaps borderline disrespectful, but I understand it comes from a real place of respect, admiration and trust. I can go on and on about any relationship I loved, but this is not a book report, and I will allow you to articulate your thoughts and feelings about this book.

As for the more difficult issues, below is a spoiler for if anyone wants to know more about the abduction / child trafficking parts. I strongly believe that as a reviewer, we should be careful of the books we read and promote on our platforms. Which is why if it reduces someone’s anxiety or if it’s a stimulating issue, I’ll include an indescribable type of spoiler.

Spoiler

Much of this book revolves around Ezekiel’s ability to find things, and he discovers that he can use lost things to find people as well. And so he gets involved in helping the couple find their abducted daughter. There are mentions of a ring of child trafficking, and mentions of what is happening on these sites. Nothing is graphic, or descriptive, especially since the main characters are 14. However, I do think that in the end, you will have to talk to children about such dangers.

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