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The Lost Causes Hardcover – September 5, 2017
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... a compelling page-turner ...―Booklist
This book is true recreational reading and feels like the first installment of a new series.―VOYA Magazine
The ending begs for the inevitable sequel and will have teens anticipating the next book.―School Library Journal
... well-executed, fast-paced ...―Kirkus Reviews
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The Lost Causes is about a group of misfit teens (similar to The Breakfast Club). They are teenagers who are considered ‘lost causes’ that no one seems to care about and they all have their own issues. They are then given special abilities and the FBI pulls them into a murder case to help solve. Here is where you need to totally suspend your belief in reality. There is no chance this could actually happen. Every bit of the novel is outlandish and unbelievable, but it is in a great way! I did not want to put it down at all and you go on a roller coaster where one thing happens then something else happens. I didn’t know who was going to end up being the killer and then we have that ending! I really hope this is to become a series as I became attached to all of our ‘Lost Causes’. I need more stories with this group of teenagers!
This is a book I would definitely recommend for teenagers. Every teen feels like they don’t belong anywhere at some point in their life and this book covers those feelings and giving our ‘lost causes’ these abilities makes them important and special which all teens have that need. Yes, there is some teen drama and a totally inappropriate relationship, but it’s a book about teenagers so you are going to get that.
The Lost Causes was a young adult thriller with paranormal twists. It’s different from what I usually read, but I really enjoyed it. It is 100% recommended.
Thank you to KCP Loft for sending me a print arc and NetGalley for my e-arc copies that I voluntarily read.
The story was good, but formulaic. Five troubled teenagers who have been written off by the world are forcibly injected with a serum that gives them superpowers AND takes away all their mental health issues (anger, depression, OCD, addiction, etc.). These self-proclaimed “lost causes” are then presented with the opportunity to help the FBI track down a killer and save the world. Naturally, there are twists and turns, but as much as I hate to say so…the who and why weren’t much of a shock. Basically, it felt like The Breakfast Club (yay!) meets Heroes (also yay!), but what I really wanted was Heroes meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer, know what I mean? It wasn’t a surprise to find that the author team has been writing TV and movie scripts since graduating college. That isn’t a bad thing (awesome for them, yes?), but it wasn’t what I was expecting. The characters were a little one dimensional, there was no real suspense, and I was hoping for a lot more grit and kick-assery.
It was a good read. Good. I’d recommend it to anyone who likes their YA clean and safe. Like I said, "The Breakfast Club" meets "Heroes" lite. It was entertaining, but not everything I wanted it to be.
Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley/Edelwiess. I pride myself on writing fair and honest reviews.
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