“Why did no one tell me to read this sooner?
“Whoever picked the cover art for this book should be shot (my copy is different from the one pictured here). It seems to be marketed as a kids book--even the font screams "Disney Classic". But the writing is very fine, the story compelling. Very imaginative. One of those books that creates a whole alternative universe. I'd like to read more by this author. ”Jane Farnan wrote this review Tuesday, January 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Why did no one tell me to read this sooner?
Seriously though, why does this book not get more hype?
It's utterly... incredible. Fascinating. And I need to reread it, and soon, because I feel like I missed stuff. It's dense, and complicated, but it's absolutely amazing.
First of all, the writing. GORGEOUS, writing. Capslock kind of gorgeous, as you can see. And the plot is intricate and lovely, the villains interesting, the characters so lovable. I'm crazy over the Reckoning - Dance and Jaze and Therrot and Tomki and, of course, Haithin. I love her so much. I love everyone and the intricacies of the relationships and... urgh.
A must read, absolutely. Kind of reminds me of Finnikin of the Rock, which coming from me is like the highest praise.”
“New Book, October 2011”Whitaker Library wrote this review Saturday, October 29, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“loved it!!! GREAT BOOK!”Mia ~They are only gone for the moment~ wrote this review Monday, October 24, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Really good but kinda gets boring in the middle. Hooked by the end though”Liz wrote this review Sunday, October 23, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Never thought I'd say this, but a bit overly imaginative. Sometimes it was a bit much. Also seemed sort of lengthy for not really all that much happening - 500 pages for a YA novel (unless you are Harry-Potter-packed) is long. I do see the value, however, for teaching about racism and understanding people that are different from you, so it is not a total loss.”Vanessa S wrote this review Monday, May 16, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was really good! It was different from most books somehow, which was interesting. It also had a lot of exciting plot twists and many great messages- although they were conveyed in a non-preachy way. Overall just a great book.”Esperanza wrote this review Thursday, December 30, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Hathin has a sister named Arilou. After someone murdered all the rest of the Lost, people begin to suspect that Arilou led a group of Lace to kill them. Of course, it didn't really happen because Arilou was kind of crazy and had never spoken anything in her life, but everybody started to believe it and started to go after any Lace that they saw. Hathin and Arilou's entire tribe was murdered by a women called Jimboly, somebody who also came and traded with them. Near the end, Arilou becomes a real Lost and starts to communicate with people. Eventually Hathin convinces everybody that a group of people had but blissing beetles in one of the tidings huts. The beetles then killed all of the Lost that sent their minds there.
This was a good book that really illustrated what was happening. The author was really descriptive, so descriptive that you could almost guess what was going to happen before they even happened. In some ways, that was kind of bad, but sometimes it's fun to know whats going to happen. Sometimes it's really easy to figure things out, but the author drags it out and makes it kind of boring.
Ms. Steinen recomended this book for me. I'm glad she did. I enjoyed reading it, but it was kind of slow at the beginning. I'm now reading another book she gave to me. I hope it's as good as this one. It's called Faerie Wars and looks pretty good.”
“Hardinge had created a whole new world full of mysteries and cultures within 'The Lost Conspiracy'. The meaning of the title becomes clear as readers reach the rising actions of the plot. Hathin's struggle to save her sister draws the readers into the suspenseful plot and to believe in Hathin's world, in what she believes. The belief behind the names of the characters are one of the things that I find impressive about the Lost culture. This is a truly wonderful book.”Nadia Z wrote this review Saturday, November 13, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No