Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ Free Shipping
+ Free Shipping
Lost at Sea Paperback – July 24, 2012
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
I read Lost at Sea after reading Scott Pilgrim and Seconds and I must say I like it slightly less then his other two works. But that doesn't make it a bad novel - far from it.
Raleigh is a standard teenager, with all the fears and doubts that comes with this period of ife, and deals with the relationship with some near-strangers on a road trip, while understands a little more about herself and how she is less soulless than she thinks.
The "fantasy" element is a lot less present on this work (comparing to SP and Seconds) and the narrative style is far more traditional than the typical "Bryan Lee O'Malley" that we all love. But still this comic is worth your time.
I had many expectations about this short novel. Firstly, the ratings are over the top on Amazon and Goodreads, and, secondly, I love Scott Pilgrim. Unfortunately, this books falls a bit short, even though there are glimpses of the best O'Malley.
Drawn in a lovely black and white with doll-ish characters, Lost at Sea tells the story of the unplanned road trip, and the musings of Raleigh, a gloomy girl who finds herself in the middle of nowhere in a car with a girl and two guys she barely knows. She is the daughter of divorced parents, not very talkative, and she doesn't feel much either. She thinks that she lost her soul somewhere, and that a cat took it. In fact she sees cats everywhere, even when she sleeps.
The book is good at capturing how some teens transition into adulthood: how they talk, how they behave, the worries and angst they have, how even the smallest thing is analysed microscopically in their head in search for meaning, to find a connection with the world out there, to fit, to belong. The romantic part also shows the infatuation teens go through, where everything feels so profound and deep, but that is never the case when one looks back. Fortunately for the reader, the book has a sense of humour, which makes the bunch of narrative and character clichés a bit more palatable.
We all have seen and/or read a bunch of coming-of-age movies, books and comics. For any new story to work it has to go where others have not, to be genuine and authentic but also original and innovative. Unfortunately, this is not the case of Lost at Sea. In fact, I felt that the novel ended when it had started to get interesting, and the vacuous pseudo-philosophical approach was forgotten and the unknown, the world of wonder and the unreal appeared: the constant presence of cats, the photos found in the wall of the hotel, are wonderful exploratory narrative element that are just sketched and never developed. Thanks gosh, Scott Pilgrim came out to appease our hunger for something new in the world of teen comics, and it came out with a gong. One has also to understand that this is the work of a very young artist, trying to find his voice, so in that regard, reading this book one comes to appreciate how a mediocre first novel can help an artist to clear his vision to produce something as good as Scott Pilgrim.
I think this might be a very lovely book if you are 13-16 and you haven't read much literature. If you have, well, you might find it a bit irritating.
I read the book in an electronic edition for Comixology. The rendering is fabulous and uses Comixology versatility at its best. A truly wonderful reading experience.
Lost at Sea follows the character of Raleigh, an overly timid young teen who is completely at a loss as to who she is. She claims to have no soul, a result of certain actions occurring in her youth. Raleigh finds herself on a car trip with three of her classmates at her school, unsure as to how to interact with them. But as the miles pass by, Raleigh will find herself opening up to her fellow passengers about herself, her doubts & her life.
I really loved this book. I'll admit, it was a bit slow to get into, but it really was a fantastic read. The artwork is all wonderful, which is something I've come to expect from O'Malley throughout the years. I loved how some of the most serious issues in the book- most notably the one major reason why Raleigh is the way she is- are all done subtly. It's up to the reader as to whether or not they pick up on the smaller details. If you aren't careful, you'll miss an entire element of the book that'll take the story to a whole new level.
I would honestly recommend this to anyone who loves a good indie comic. Again, I'll warn the Scott Pilgrim fans that this is a very serious book, so if you are looking for laughs & cute stuff, you may want to pass this one by. I hope you give it a real chance, as this truly is a book worth reading & sharing with your friends. One thing I'll add to this review is that if you like his work, you should also check out his work in the Hopeless-Savages series.