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Last Stop (Watchers Book 1) by [Lerangis, Peter]
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Moving at a slower pace than the underground train that plays a pivotal role here, this cryptic tale launches Lerangis's (The Yearbook; It Came from the Cafeteria) Watchers series. Though somewhat skeptical, David shares his mother's hope that his father, who disappeared six months earlier, is still alive. Riding the "subrail" one day, David watches in amazement as the train suddenly stops at an eerily lit, long-abandoned station, where one man disembarks and another?the boy's missing father?waves at the train as it zooms away. When a woman who "specializes in mysterious disappearances and the life in the hereafter," suggests that David has the ability to see into a parallel life, the 13-year-old senses that his father is indeed waiting somewhere for him. A concluding scene brings a fresh, unanticipated twist to this otherwise unsurprising story, as father and son do hook up, but only after much tiresome sleuthing by David and a friend. Occasionally, ambiguous remarks in white type appear on black pages ("We've lost him"; "This was not part of the plan"; "He's smart. That's why we need him"), suggesting the voices of the eponymous "Watchers" who appear to have some control over who enters the "other side." At ride's end, this isn't sufficiently compelling to warrant buying a ticket for Rewind, the next installment, also due this month. Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Peter Lerangis (b. 1955) is a bestselling author of middle-grade and young-adult fiction whose novels have sold more than four million copies worldwide. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Lerangis was working in musical theater when he began editing fiction, which eventually led to writing novels of his own. He got his start writing novelizations under the pen name A. L. Singer, as well as installments of long-running series such as the Hardy Boys and the Baby-sitters Club. Lerangis began publishing under his own name with 1994’s The Yearbook and Driver’s Dead.
 
In 1998 Lerangis introduced Watchers, a six-novel sci-fi series that won Children’s Choice and Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers awards and led to an invitation to dine with the President of Russia at the White House. His other work includes the Abracadabra novels; the Spy X series; Drama Club, a four-book series about high-school theater based on his own Broadway experiences; and exactly three and a quarter books in the New York Times–bestselling 39 Clues series. He lives with his family in New York City, not far from Central Park. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 968 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Teen & Tween (March 20, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 20, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007DFUMP8
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By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 15, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Some reviewers of this book have complained that the characters are on the shallow side and the book feels a little "thin". Publishers Weekly was downright dismissive, using words like "slow", "unsurprising" and "tiresome", which just confirms my belief that some of the people at Publishers Weekly hate books, and authors, and especially successful authors. While I understand those who faulted the book's brevity, (it's really novella length), and the absence of deep character development, I urge potential readers to consider the upside here, because this book offers many rewards, and packs a lot into its pages. (Interestingly, the one place where the book does bog down a bit is when it addresses a bit of subtext about doubt and fear versus embracing the new and the unknown, so there is a risk in trying to get too deep in a fantasy/adventure tale.)

I compared this book to a Twilight Zone episode because it feels like a single episode in a continuing anthology series, (which is exactly what it is. There are five more "Watchers" books, only loosely thematically connected.) Such a tale turns neither on intense drama nor on a convoluted plot, and deep character development is not a priority. Rather, it starts with a creepy, unnatural and mysterious event. Is our narrator disturbed; is there a logical explanation; is something otherworldly happening? Exchanges with odd or unnerving characters alternate with scenes of stark reality. What's happening here? What am I seeing out of the corner of my eye? Will anyone believe what I think I just saw? Here, the kid hero and his energetic sidekick piece together clues, find journals, talk to mysterious individuals, track down witnesses, and try to solve a mystery and explain the creepily inexplicable, while questioning their own sense of reality.
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I THINK I 'BORROWED' THIS BOOK FOR FREE FROM THE AMAZON PRIME MEMBERS KINDLE LIBRARY - I DIDN'T HAVE HIGH EXPECTATIONS, I DON'T KNOW WHY, MAYBE BECAUSE I'M SO USED TO READING 'NAME' AUTHORS, I JUST WASN'T EXPECTING VERY MUCH. BUT I WAS SO PLEASANTLY SURPRISED. I BECAME INVOLVED WITH THE YOUNG MAN CHARACTER VERY QUICKLY SYMPATHIZING WITH THIS YOUNG MAN WHO'D LOST HIS DAD AT SUCH AN IMPORTANT STAGE OF HIS LIFE. THEN WHEN HE HAD HIS 'MOMENT' IN THE SUBWAY, OR TRAIN, STATION, I WAS REALLY HOOKED AND COULDN'T WAIT TO SEE IF HE'D IMAGINED IT OR IF HE REALLY SAW WHAT HE THOUGHT HE SAW. I UNDERSTAND THIS BOOK IS PART OF A SERIES, HOPEFULLY IT WASN'T THE LAST ONE IN THE SERIES, AS I'D LIKE TO READ OTHERS TO SEE WHAT BUILT UP TO THE ENDING OF 'LAST STOP'.
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By Jenn on March 22, 2012
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***NOTE MY REVIEWS OFTEN CONTAIN SPOILERS***

David's father has been missing for six months. After a nationwide search he is presumed dead. But during a ride on the subway David suffers what he thinks is a hallucination. He sees what he knows to be an abandoned subway station lit and teeming with people. Among those people is his Dad. But was it a hallucination or was it something else? Now David must discover if he's losing his mind or if something unexplainable really did happen to his Dad. The question is which truth would David rather believe?

So this was one of the weirdest stories I've ever read. It's also the first time I've read a Lerangis novel I considered giving four stars. My first encounter with Lerangis's work was while reading The 39 Clues series. He's always been my least favorite writer in that franchise, mostly because of discrepancies between other his and other series books. I wanted to read this series because I want to know if in a series where he's calling all the shots his work was better. It most definitely was. My biggest issue with the book is I felt like it was just beginning when it ended. The story is entirely too short. The book is odd even in the way it's written. For the most part it's told in a first person, except that there are case files notes on David in some chapters not written by David, but someone else. Additionally at the end of each chapter is a conversation outside of David's monologue of the story. You don't know who's talking or really completely what they're talking about. You know it's related to David, like he's being monitored somehow, but it's never fully explained for what or why.
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I would call this more of a short story than a book. It took me maybe two hours to finish it! But it was really, really good. Fantastic imagination like nothing I have ever read. Why does that seem to be the case with young adult books vs adult books???
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By A Customer on April 21, 1999
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I am always looking for new series to read. This one didn't let me down. It was hard to know how it would end. I often find myself reading this over and over for fun. The other books as well.(I only have twoI 'm trying to get the other two) This is good. Suspenseful and will keep you guessing!:)
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Watchers last stop is a great book. I read the second one first (watchers rewind highly recommended). Now I can't get enough of it. When I read watchers rewind I thought the first book had something to do with the second but no it's about the watchers helping there characters get through their challenge. Once again Peter Lerangis doing an outstanding job keeping the reader interested and thinking.
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