ARC Review: The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst

The LostRating: 4/5
Series: The Lost #1
Genres: YA Crossover, Supernatural, Contemporary
Release Date: May 27th, 2014
Publisher: Mira (Harlequin)
Source:  NetGalley
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Lost your way?

Your dreams?

Yourself?

Welcome to Lost.

It was supposed to be a small escape. A few hours driving before turning around and heading home. But once you arrive in Lost…well, it’s a place you really can’t leave. Not until you’re Found. Only the Missing Man can send you home. And he took one look at Lauren Chase and disappeared.

So Lauren is now trapped in the town where all lost things go-luggage, keys, dreams, lives-where nothing is permanent, where the locals go feral and where the only people who don’t want to kill her are a handsome wild man called the Finder and a knife-wielding six-year-old girl. The only road out of town is engulfed by an impassable dust storm, and escape is impossible….

Until Lauren decides nothing-and no one-is going to keep her here anymore.

REVIEW

“To quote 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 book.

Perhaps 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 points.

This 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 Lost.

Lauren 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 quite understandable.

The Lost is one of the most original books I’ve come across in a while. The concept of this whole book is just so unique 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 more about him in the sequel. 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 him.

Another 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 more courageous than our female lead at times and that just broke my heart even more. 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 lost.

The romance was one of my few qualms 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 more 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 more in the background and not the focus in this novel. The most intense thing that happens in this book is kissing.

This 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 times.

The 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 SEQUEL”. 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 sequel, The Missing, is set to be released in November.

And 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 more answers in the sequel.

This 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 shot.

Note that all quotes have been taken from an uncorrected proof and may be subject to change.

Rating Report
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Overall: 4
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Rashika

Rashika is a mysterious creature who likes to hide in the shadows. It's impossible to get to know her but if you must know, she is a huge bookworm. She also happens to have a huge sweet tooth so you can always lure her over the dark side by offering her something sweet (or bribing her with books).

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  1. says

    I have read quite a few books with a choppy writing style and I got on quite well with them.

    I really like this sound of this, the concept of The Lost, the town and people finding themselves there when they are looking for something.

    I am also a huge fan of books that have an eerie quality to them! :)

    Thank you for sharing , Faye. I think I am gonna give this one a shot! :D xx

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  2. says

    SOLD.

    I actually read this one a bit- right until where she just decides to go on or something. I didn’t drop it because of the writing, even though the few pages of it almost gave me a headache but because of nothing happening. (I was in a slump back then.) Despite still retaining interest I didn’t come back bcoz of the lack of positive reviews but now. I HAVE NEEDS.
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    • Rashika says

      Ah it’s pretty slow and does take some time to get into BUTTTT pick it up when you’re in the mood for something slow, I AM SURE you’ll like it!
      (or I HOPE you will)

  3. says

    This looks deep 0.o

    I don’t know how to react Rashika, I think it makes sense that it can’t be recommended to all readers. (I’m personally scared of it, but I may try it later on ;D )

    • Rashika says

      HA! I totally know what you mean, there are so many books that I am scared to try (albeit for different reasons) but I do hope you’ll give it a shot later on :D

    • Rashika says

      HA, I know ALL about the trap :P and you should! :D and hopefully, it won’t turn out to be a trap for you!

  4. says

    Wonderful review, Rashika! This does sound very original and creepy giving it points in the plus column for me. I think it’s brilliant when a writer uses different styles to convey an atmosphere like using choppiness to convey a mood. I think I’d wait until all the books are released before taking this on, though. :)
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    • Rashika says

      HA, I’d definitely advice waiting for the rest of the sequels to come out because I am guessing there will be even more heart-wrenching moments in the following books.. .-.

    • Rashika says

      It isn’t so much childish as there seems to be an innocence to him and well there are times where he just didn’t seem very adult like. He is one HARD character to analyze! I swear! :P

      Thanks Jeann <3

  5. says

    A GROWN UP BUT CREEPY PETER PAN?! I’m in. Hand me the book. Let me shut my door. I’m reading.
    The writing style actually intrigues me! It’s more Lauren that worries me…gah, I’m a bit hit-and-miss when it comes to dislikeable characters. The SLOWNESS worries me though! I swear, sometimes my brain has ADHD. lol! But I’m honestly adding this on Goodreads and I’ll see if my library has it. x) Great review!!
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    • Rashika says

      I KNOW! My brain can be so funky too at times :P
      I REALLY HOPE YOUR LIBRARY HAS THIS TOO! I have a feeling.. that you might like it (but don’t blame me if you don’t :P)

      THANKS CAIT! :)

  6. says

    Can I just say, “I WANTS IT!!” and leave it at that? No? I didn’t think so, LOL. But OMG Cait took the words RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH: A GROWN UP BUT CREEPY PETER PAN?! I’m a bit concerned about the state of my mind b/c I’d oddly attracted to that concept . . . what is WRONG with me? No seriously, I just texted that exact description to my sister to see if she thinks it’s oddly hot too. I’ll let you know ;) Great review, Rashika!
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    • Rashika says

      BAHAHAHAHA you and your sister are cute. It makes sense though! Especially if you had a crush on Peter Pan as a child :P

      Thanks JESS! :D

  7. says

    Sign me up as well. The choppy writing? I love anything that’s different, it’s one of the main reasons I loved the Shatter Me series so much. I wish more authors thought outside the box as little. I don’t mind a slow burning storyline, but ending on a cliffhanger? Might grab a copy and keep it until books two and three are out. Thank goodness we don’t have to wait long.

    Oh gosh, I’ve already spent so much on books this week. I really must stop visiting my favourite blogs.
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    • Rashika says

      I know right??? If we had to wait long, I would have died.

      But seriously, I wish there were more ‘out of the box’ books out there, there is one author I can always count on to impress me but there aren’t that many books I’ve read that really WOWZA’d me.

      AWWW you flatter us, Kelly :P

    • Rashika says

      You SHOULD Francine! :D
      You really should pick this one up… but yeah the ending is scary :P Perhaps around October?? :D
      A month before book 2 comes out?

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