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Title:
The lost
ISBN:
9780778317111
Publication:
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin MIRA, [2014]
Physical Description:
350 pages ; 21 cm
Summary:
"It was only meant to be a brief detour. But then Lauren finds herself trapped in a town called Lost on the edge of a desert, filled with things abandoned, broken and thrown away. And when she tries to escape, impassible dust storms and something unexplainable lead her back to Lost again and again. The residents she meets there tell her she's going to have to figure out just what she's missing--and what she's running from--before she can leave. So now Lauren's on a new search for a purpose and a destiny. And maybe, just maybe, she'll be found ..."-- Publisher's website.
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Brilliantly riveting. * Thought-provoking and stirring. **

Award-winning author Sarah Beth Durst has been praised for her captivating novels that merge the darkly imagined with very real themes of self-discovery and destiny. In The Lost, we'll discover just what it means to lose one's way....

It was only meant to be a brief detour. But then Lauren finds herself trapped in a town called Lost on the edge of a desert, filled with things abandoned, broken and thrown away. And when she tries to escape, impassible dust storms and something unexplainable lead her back to Lost again and again. The residents she meets there tell her she's going to have to figure out just what she's missing--and what she's running from--before she can leave. So now Lauren's on a new search for a purpose and a destiny. And maybe, just maybe, she'll be found....

Against the backdrop of this desolate and mystical town, Sarah Beth Durst writes an arresting, fantastical novel of one woman's impossible journey...and her quest to find her fate.



*Booklist, starred review, for Vessel



**Kirkus Reviews, starred review, for Vessel


Reviews 4

Publisher's Weekly Review

YA author Durst (Drink, Slay, Love) makes a rather macabre foray into literary urban fantasy for adults. Lauren Chase she leaves for work one morning and refuses to take the left turn her normal route requires. Instead, she continues to drive until she's confronted with a sign that welcomes her to Lost, the place where everything lost-people, places and things-winds up. Trapped in a hamlet surrounded by a dust storm known as the void, she finds more questions than answers and more enemies than friends. With thoughts of going home always on her mind, she steps into her bizarre new world with trepidation, trying to help others while finding her own way back. The story is both charming and painfully emotional at times, but it occasionally drags and leaves many questions unanswered. Agent: Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Kirkus Review

A daughter caring for her terminally ill mother must find her way out of an unusual desert town in Durst's debut novel for adults.Lauren Chase is resigned to a boring office job while she supports her mother, who is recovering from cancer, after abandoning her dreams of becoming an artist. When her mother relapses, Lauren hits the road to avoid hearing the prognosis. The suspense builds as she loses her wireless signal and is stranded in the aptly named town of Lost: a purgatory for lost souls, some living and some dead, who scavenge through a humorous catalog of lost itemsranging from mismatched socks to wasted waterto find the missing item they need to move on. Similar to the Nothing that destroys Fantasiana in Michael Ende's The Neverending Story, the post-apocalyptic wasteland of Lost is surrounded by a roving dust storm that consumes anyone who dares enter it with the wrong attitude. After she's plucked from the dust by the Findera tattooed, supernatural being named Peter whom she develops a crush onLauren learns that the only way to return to the real world is to talk to a mysterious figure called the Missing Man. Unfortunately, the Missing Man takes one look at Lauren and runs away, forcing her into hidingalong with Peter and an abandoned child named Clairewith an angry mob in close pursuit. Her subsequent attempts to repel the villagers with booby traps bring levity to a grim situation. While she scavenges for clothing and food, Lauren rediscovers her forgotten interests, like her love for art and for the ocean, as she finds the courage to face her mother's impending death. Adding to the tension is the fact that Peter doesn't want Lauren to leave, and the longer she stays in town, the more attached she is to her new friends. Readers may be similarly torn between an appropriate ending for Lauren (returning home to deal with her mother) and the alternative (staying in Lost with Peter and Claire). Fortunately, the author will continue to explore the world of Lost in a sequel.This exuberant fantasy is finely crafted, filled with humor and very moving. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

Lost. It's not just a state of being, but an actual place, as Lauren Chase discovers when she drives into the dinky town after being all but consumed by a dust storm. Lauren also quickly realizes that Lost is not a normal place. There are abandoned houses everywhere, and children running rampant through the streets. When Lauren attempts to leave, she finds herself going in circles in the dust storm that seems to continually surround the town. Determined to escape, Lauren goes to the local diner to try and get some answers. She is told that only the Missing Man can send her home once she finds what she has lost. Confused and frustrated, Lauren must figure out how to survive in this town full of misfits and broken and discarded items. How will she make it home if she doesn't even know what to look for? In her highly imaginative and jarring adult debut, YA star Durst (Vessel, 2012) pushes readers out of their comfort zones and into a slow-brewing, increasingly exciting, and deeply provocative fantasy world.--Smith, Patricia Copyright 2014 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Durst (Conjured; Vessel) imagines a "what if" scenario in her latest novel. What if one day you just couldn't face your life anymore? What if you didn't head to work but took the highway out of town and just kept driving? That's what Lauren does to avoid hearing the news that her mother's cancer has worsened. Finding herself hundreds of miles from home on a deserted highway, she finally pulls into a motel in the town of Lost. And though the teenager at reception is a bit odd, Lauren figures she'll crash for the night and then face the bad news in the morning. But the bad news Lauren gets isn't about her mother-it's about where's she's found herself. Because Lauren discovers that she can't leave Lost. Everyone in town is lost or has lost something, and Lauren must calculate what her losses have been in order to have a hope of escaping. Verdict Durst blends the real world with elements of fantasy and a tinge of horror to great effect in her first adult novel. She keeps the reader guessing and paces her twists perfectly.-Jane Jorgenson, Madison P.L., WI (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.