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Lost Boys: A Novel

2 Ratings: 3.0
Murder Mystery by Orson Scott Card

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Author: Orson Scott Card
Publisher: HarperTorch
Date Published: January 25, 2005
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  • May 3, 2009
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This is generally a good book about a Mormon family that moves to Lousianna to a community where everybody seems to be an enemy to them. The husband is a computer programmer who has a controlling boss and works for a company that wants to own him like a slave. He and his wife are stuck because they are up to their neck in debt and his wife is pregnant so he can't afford to lose the job.

Meanwhile their eldest son (Stevie)is being treated harshly by his second grade teacher and has withdrawn into a quiet shell of himself. When the boy's father (Step) goes to talk to the teacher he makes her quit and she later becomes another of the famiy's enemies, but his son seems to remain in a funk.

His son starts playing with imaginary friends and then seems to play a computer game that shouldn't exist. Addiitionally, the family's home seems to be periodically invaded by swarms of insects and they receive a threatening record in an unmarked envelope. The threatening record could be from any number of wacky people in the town from Stevie's crazy school teacher, a possible child molester that works with Step, a wacky member of their Mormon church, a boy who worked in the church with Step that seems to have mental issues, Step's vindictive boss, or maybe the wierd handyman that works at the house.

The story moves along with wierd things happening and you keep expecting an explosion of evil or battle to occur. Actually nothing really happens until the last 10 pages of the book and though the story of Step's family is gripping, I withheld giving the book 5 stars for this reason.

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