“Are you really a thief?”
That’s the question that has haunted fourteen-year-old Ezekiel Blast all his life. But he’s not a thief, he just has a talent for finding things. Not a superpower—a micropower. Because what good is finding lost bicycles and hair scrunchies, especially when you return them to their owners and everyone thinks you must have stolen them in the first place? If only there were some way to use Ezekiel’s micropower for good, to turn a curse into a blessing. His friend Beth thinks there must be, and so does a police detective investigating the disappearance of a little girl. When tragedy strikes, it’s up to Ezekiel to use his talent to find what matters most.
Master storyteller Orson Scott Card delivers a touching and funny, compelling and smart novel about growing up, harnessing your potential, and finding your place in the world, no matter how old you are.
In this uneven novel by Card, a young man with the "micropower" to locate lost items must explore new applications of his abilities after the police enlist him to find a kidnapped girl. At first, Ezekiel Blast, 14, is reluctant to help; previous misunderstandings over his abilities have left him branded a thief with a healthy, even obnoxious, distrust of authority. But with the assistance of his new friend Beth, a girl with proportionate dwarfism, and a support group dedicated to those with similarly unusual powers, Ezekiel succeeds in tracking down the missing child. Then Beth is taken, and Ezekiel must find her before she suffers a terrible fate. While Card (The Hive) starts with an intriguing premise, the story devolves into ongoing commentary and extrapolation about the micropowers. In addition, many of the younger characters, especially Ezekiel and Beth, sound inauthentic and overly adult. Readers may also be disturbed by the narrative's sudden twist into poorly integrated darker material, such as the introduction of a pedophiliac pornography/snuff ring. While this story raises provocative questions about family, friendship, and the value of individual abilities, the irregular narrative tone and disjointed parts fail to cohere. Ages 12 up.
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Lost and Found by Orson Scott Card
For decades, though he’s unaware, I’ve been close as brothers to Orson Scott Card. He’s allowed me to go out into deep space. Taught me, in a different way, to love my enemies, & to ruthlessly tell the truth with loving insight. After all these years, this book, “Lost And Found” has taken us as deep into the complexities of human relationships as his ships of space tossed us into the universe. This is the book I’d most wish to be able to write. Ezekiel Blast and Beth have a relationship that is, at the same time, revealing, flippant, and the joy that comes from knowing that another has your back and cares for your heart.
Average story with writing that lacks realism
Lost and Found sets up an intriguing story that can be quite a page turner at times. However, it is extremely uneven and is plagued with some chapters that add very little to the main story, while others breeze through it. Card barely spends time exploring Ezekiel and Beth’s friendship, something which turns out to be integral part of the story. Conversations between characters lack authenticity, and Ezekiel sounds overly adult and most certainly not a high schooler. Beth on the other hand, sounds unduly critical resulting in characters that are not exactly likeable.
Overall, a narrative that is just about average and writing that lacks realism.
An absolutely brilliant book. I hope he makes this a series.