Author: Gwenda Bond
Publisher: Strange Chemistry (Angry Robot Books)
Book source: review copy from publisher
Release date: Sept 4, 2012
From the publisher:
On Roanoke Island, the legend of the 114 people who mysteriously vanished from the Lost Colony hundreds of years ago is just an outdoor drama for the tourists, a story people tell. But when the island faces the sudden disappearance of 114 people now, an unlikely pair of 17-year-olds may be the only hope of bringing them back.
Miranda, a misfit girl from the island's most infamous family, and Phillips, an exiled teen criminal who hears the voices of the dead, must dodge everyone from federal agents to long-dead alchemists as they work to uncover the secrets of the new Lost Colony. The one thing they can't dodge is each other.I once wrote a story about the Lost Colony. In mine, Christopher Columbus showed up and took all the people as slaves. I was in seventh grade. I wasn't nearly as concerned about logic, fact checking, and the orderly progression of space-time as I am now.
This story is much better than mine was. (Shocking, I know!) Bond ties the historical mystery to contemporary events in an interesting, unusual way, and does a great job of building tension throughout the story. She also creates cheer-worthy characters. Despite all of her misfortunes, Miranda manages to stay strong and kick a little butt on her own behalf, while Phillips is a perfect blend of sweetheart and badass. I also have a crush on Sidekick, Miranda's big floppy dog (all books are better with one of those).
I felt a little bit rushed during the climax, but overall, this is a fun read that brings something fresh to the genre. Good for fantasy and history fans alike.
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