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  • The Lost
  • Sarah Beth Durst
  • English
  • 23 August 2019
  • 9780778317111

Sarah Beth Durst  8 Review

Sarah Beth Durst  8 Review Characters õ The Lost 108 It was only meant to be a brief detour But then Lauren finds herself trapped in a town called Lost on the edge of a desert filled with things abandoned broken and thrown away And when she tries to escape impassable dust storms and somet. 4 STARS Do you trust me It s a line from a dozen romantic movies and if I were the romantic sort this is where I would swoon take his hand and pledge my devotion I m not romantic but I m also not stupid So I take his hand and lie Yes This one s probably going to get a lot of dissenting opinions across my friends list and if you re the kind of reader who can latch on an inconsistency like a rabid dog to a bone this might be a tough sell for you A book that is part Alice part Peter part Dorothy part Twilight Zone Yeah tough sell Lost is the town Lauren Chase finds herself in when she didn t make her usual left turn at the light She only meant to spend the night a brief reprieve from the final judgment on her mother s health Except nobody leaves Lost until The Missing Man says so And The Missing Man will only let you go if you ve found what it is you need But soon as Lauren introduces herself to The Missing Man he turns away and leaves the forsaken town and its people scouring the streets for what they need This of course makes the townsfolk angry at Lauren banishing her in the out skirts where she finds the unlikeliest of allies in Claire a knife and teddy bear wielding six year old and Peter The Finder Determined to find a way to get through the impenetrable dust cloud called The Void surrounding the town Lauren bides her time with her newfound friends learning to survive and eventually forming bonds she never meant to forge with anyone She only means to go home to her sick mother but each day in The Lost living with Peter and Claire in the perfect yellow house makes it harder and harder for her to leaveIt took me a while before I got settled into Durst s narrative flow As I ve read and I found myself less bothered by the first person present tense impatient with staccato halting descriptions with a penchant for flight of ideas Thankfully Lauren had a dry wit and sense of humour in her to keep me focused on what she s talking about most of the time but the early chapters I kept on slipping in and out of the scene Though maybe it had a lot to do with my initial disdain towards Lauren for coming across a selfish dependent coward I had a lot of nitpicks towards Lauren in the beginning1 For a self confessed paranoid with an overactive imagination it took her a good long time roughly at 40% to actually acknowledge the circumstances in the crazy town is not normal 2 She tries to call her co workers her mom her work through a rotary phone who remembers anybody s number nowadaysBut clearly as the story progressed you realize the author intended for you to feel that towards her heroine so you d feel like a massive asshole in the endThis is Sarah Beth Durst s first foray into adult fiction my first of hers but the YA hand is very apparent From the themes she chose to tackle to the wry humour in the dialogue to the way she builds her characters personality it was all very heavy handed YA He slept in my closet most of the time That wasn t a metaphor was it Nope literally in my closet To protect me From dangerous hangers Not that there s anything wrong with that but it took a bit of getting used to having a perpetually shirtless ripped and tattooed hero portrayed as a Peter Pan Elphaba Mad Hatter fusion character I ve seen it done once with Criminy Stain from Wicked as They Come my rather adult lewd feels were followed by a moment of guilt and shame So Very WrongThen it swings back to lewd againThere was a certain degree of bittersweet fairytale whimsy in the idea of a town that is a landfill for all the things lost by people including people who are lost themselves though I m a little unclear as to how you lose electricity and water and not waste It was pretty clear early on that there was gonna be a whole lot of yanking at those goddamn heartstrings as the story progressed You can TRY not falling in love with Claire Mr Bunny and Mr Fluffernutter but odds are you will fail someone will probably find a uirky hero who likes to uote Tolkien Milton Byron and Dickinson in casual conversation a pretentious dick even if he did break my heart in the end you will probably hate the dolphin don t ask but I d have to uestion what s occupying your chest cavity if you rage on the dynamic between Lauren and her motherview spoiler I couldn t have gone Mom smiles the barest upturn of her lips as if even that movement costs her I m not lost Even on the day your father left and everything I d planned and dreamed of went up in smoke I was not lost I had you Knowing you loving you I couldn t I can t be lost hide spoiler

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Sarah Beth Durst  8 Review Characters õ The Lost 108 Or a purpose and a destiny And maybe just maybe she'll be foundAgainst the backdrop of this desolate and mystical town Sarah Beth Durst writes an arresting fantastical novel of one woman's impossible journeyand her uest to find her fate. This review has also been posted on The Social Potato To uote a certain cat we re all mad here The Lost is pretty hard book to review I want to say so many things about it but at the same time I don t know where to start and how to even express my feelings for this bookPerhaps I should start off by saying that not everyone will love this book and the major reason for that I believe is the writing The writing is weird and choppy and so confusing at times and it took me a while to get used to as well but as I started getting used to it I started to realize how fitting it was in terms of the book It fits with the kind of character Lauren was and just the general atmosphere of the whole novel It helped create this eerie atmosphere that was goose bump inducing at several pointsThis book starts with the main character trying to escape from receiving bad news Her mom s cancer may or may not have come back but she isn t ready to face that possibility so she runs away She drives and drives and drives until her fuel gauge gets closer and closer to empty and she find her way to a town named LostLauren isn t always a likeable character I am not sure why that is but when I look back I can remember so many times when I wasn t her biggest fan With that said she was a great character One that was realistic in many ways and relateable in others as well She has an overactive imagination and is paranoid but her fear and her need to delude herself is uite understandableThe Lost is one of the most original books I ve come across in a while The concept of this whole book is just so uniue and intriguing Lost is a town where lost people tend to find themselves They have lost something and cannot find their way back until they have found what they had lost but Lost isn t a town that only caters to lost humans when something gets lost it has a way of finding its way to the town through the void The void that feeds on the hopelessness of people who live in this town There is no sense of time in this town you could have been there for days or years but you d never find out This all adds to an atmosphere that is already eerie as a result of the writing and really gets you thinking Never ask a gentleman his age Peter takes the cake though He is kind of like a grown Peter Pan but he is so weird and creepy At times I didn t like him at all he seemed so childish and while that is cute for a while it can only be cute for so long but there wasn t anything to worry about because as the book progressed you found out that he had a hidden depth to him he still remained a mystery throughout the novel but there was a hidden depth to him Perhaps we will find out about him in the seuel I don t think I ve encountered a love interest like him in a while He will keep you on your toes and it ll take a while to get used to him but then you ll see how wonderful he really is and all you ll want is to cuddle with himAnother seriously noteworthy character would be Claire Claire broke my heart No six year old should ever have to live through that and really it was just hard breaking to see that Claire at six knew how to use a knife and was so independent and strong on her own and then her vulnerabilities would show up and it would shatter your heart At six she was courageous than our female lead at times and that just broke my heart even A six year old show have the freedom to be a child but Claire s childhood got snatched away from her the day she became lostThe romance was one of my few ualms with this book At first I was impressed by how even though Lauren continuously described Peter as beautiful she seemed to be afraid of him at the same time she was vary and she was cautious because she knew nothing about him but then over the course of weeks as they became closer things happened You re probably wondering what s wrong with that and there is NOTHING wrong with that the romance was developed but my problem with the romance was that development was not reflected very well in the romance it was like a switch went off and that was that I have to say though if you re reading this book for a good romance don t the romance is in the background and not the focus in this novel The most intense thing that happens in this book is kissingThis book is slow but the last couple of pages make up for it This book is packed with the feels and wonderful world building that kind of just makes up for that fact that this book can be slow at timesThe ending is a heartbreaker or those moments before the ending I should say They tear your heart out and shred it into pieces and all I am going to say is WILL SELL SOUL IN EXCHANGE FOR SEUEL If you re worried though the good news is that the following two books in this trilogy will come out in less than a year The seuel The Missing is set to be released in NovemberAnd it better be November because there are still so many things to be answered This book I hope was only just the tip of the iceberg and I hope that there will be answers in the seuelThis is sadly not a book I can recommend to everyone because even though I wish the whole world would read it it will not work out for many readers which is evident from all the mixed reviews but I will say this if you want eerie give this book a shotNote that all uotes have been taken from an uncorrected proof and may be subject to change

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