Mini Review: Lost by S.A. Bodeen

SA Bodeen

Feiwel & Friends
I received an ARC from the publisher.
Published July 28, 2015
144 pages
Middle Grade / Adventure / Fantasy

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The mystery of the island deepens as members of the Robinson family disappear and strange animals are discovered.
Sarah Robinson and her family are shipwrecked on a remote and mysterious island. Their food is running out, and their fear is escalating–there is no sign of rescue. The mysterious girl they found unconscious at the beach is healing, and what she tells them about the strange island and especially about someone called the Keeper has the family on edge. When Sarah’s dad and Marco’s younger brother go missing, the mystery becomes dangerous. Now, it’s a matter of life and death. Now, the family is truly lost.

If I’m being completely honest, the reason Lost got bumped up my TBR mountain was because the font was huge and I was recovering from eye surgery. It had been weeks since I’d been able to actually read anything, so I dove in with a hunger for stories and words and language and adventure. Also because I was hoping that the book would somehow live up to the mystery and intrigue hinted at by sharing the same title with one of the weirdest adventure mystery television shows in the past few decades.

This is the sequel to Shipwreck Island, which I reviewed before. It picks up where the last book ends with Sarah and Marco stuck on an island with their newly blended family. Weird hybrid monsters keep popping out of the woods and general weirdness is around every corner. This second volume meanders with these same ideas, but this time Sarah’s dad and Marco’s little brother go missing. The mysterious girl they found at the end of Shipwreck Island has a tall tale about a Keeper and weird science experiments. It’s all very odd and mysterious.

It’s unfortunate that outside of the new girl’s story, Lost doesn’t really dive into any answers (much like the television show of the same name). It’s a lot of wandering the island, searching for lost people. Then it ends with the most interesting part of the book on the last few pages. This is very much a bridger novel between the world building of the first novel and whatever explanations might come in the third. Even with my eagerness to be reading again, I found it a little on the boring side.

The target demo for this middle aged book might remain more engaged, imagining themselves adventuring beside Marco and Sarah as they traipse through the jungle. It was more proof that I should probably stay away from middle grade as a whole. It’s hard for me to find engaging characters when there is little self-reflection in 11-year-olds. This series would probably be good for adventure seekers of a similar age to the protagonists and it’s definitely a short easy read. Just not for me.


I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.