Hey, guys! I am super excited to discuss the first Book in the Missing series. This is a series I loved as a kid, so I decided to reread it, and it honestly was like reading it for the first time because I quickly began to realize I forgot everything about it other than the fact that it had something to do with time travel. I did really enjoy this, but I think I probably enjoyed it a lot more as a kid. Not that I didn’t really like it–because I did–but I just think I could connect with the characters a lot more when I was younger as opposed to my twenty-year-old self now can. But I do have a lot to say about this, so let’s go ahead and get into it!
“Thirteen-year-old Jonah has always known that he was adopted, and he’s never thought it was any big deal. Then he and a new friend, Chip, who’s also adopted, begin receiving mysterious letters. The first one says, “You are one of the missing.” The second one says, “Beware! They’re coming back to get you.”
Jonah, Chip, and Jonah’s sister, Katherine, are plunged into a mystery that involves the FBI, a vast smuggling operation, an airplane that appeared out of nowhere – and people who seem to appear and disappear at will. The kids discover they are caught in a battle between two opposing forces that want very different things for Jonah and Chip’s lives.
Do Jonah and Chip have any choice in the matter? And what should they choose when both alternatives are horrifying?”
Wow, this book was insane. It was super slow for the majority of it, but it got so action-packed at the end. If you read this and are wondering if its worth it to push through the slow part to get to the end, you definitely should because the explosive ending made it so worth it.
I definitely think this was a little bit of a filler book, but its also super necessary because it really explains what the hell is going on without it feeling like an info dump. This book was super suspenseful, and the ending was insanity, but the main point of this book, I think, was to set up for the second book. I think the pace is going to pick up so much in the next book, there is going to be so much more action, and it is just going to be crazy town.
While I couldn’t really connect to the characters because they are so young compared to me, I think they were relatively well-fleshed out. I think we will really get to know them more as the series goes on, but overall, I never felt like they were flat or static characters. They definitely grew and developed over the course of the book, which I really appreciated.
I also appreciated the fact that there was no love in this story. Don’t get me wrong. I love me a good love story, but it’s so refreshing sometimes to just read a book without one, and this definitely did not need one, not just because of their age but also because it honestly would have felt out of place given the circumstances of the plot and everything that happens. So I really liked that it was definitely more about friendship and family than any kind of romantic relationships.
Overall, I really loved the characters and the writing and plot and world, and I am so excited to read the next book. It is going to be epic, I can already tell. I highly recommend you check out this series because it is just so fantastic!
And there you have it! That was my review of Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix. What is one of your favorite books that feature time travel? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!