Saturday, April 27, 2013

Teen Review: Lost Things

Title: The Book of Lost Things
Author: John Connolly
Number of pages: 339
Genre: Fantasy
Not part of a series
High School Reading Level
Reviewed by Clare R., 11th Grade

The Book of Lost Things begins like any harmless fairy tale, but quickly progresses into something much darker and more ominous. It's a story about the loss of childhood and innocence. It's a story about evil in the world. A boy in World War II London moves to the countryside and sinks farther and farther into depression. Books are his only friends; soon he hears them speaking to him, and eventually begins seeing their characters in real life. He falls into their world, a harsher version of ours, with no one to protect him. He sees death, corruption and confusion. He is tested by the choices he has to make to stay alive. He meets a number of people who help and hinder him and all have surreal qualities. And when all finally seems well, a major plot twist reveals that nothing is as it seems. The overarching theme is--what is worth dying and what is worth living for?

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