Lost Boys

Lost Boys

Book - 1992
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Everything seems to be going well for the Fletchers, a Mormon family that has recently moved to a small North Carolina town, but trouble begins when seven-year-old Stevie begins to withdraw into his own world

Blackwell North Amer
In Lost Boys, an acknowledged master storyteller weaves a powerful, uplifting tale of loss and redemption around an ordinary American family's bittersweet triumph over a welter of dark forces, both natural and supernatural.
Step Fletcher, his wife, DeAnne, and their three children move to Steuben, North Carolina, thinking - hoping - it might be just the right place for them. Its traditional values coincide with theirs, and Step has the promise of a good job at a hot software company. But Steuben is definitely not right for their oldest child, eight-year-old Stevie. Introspective even in the most comfortable surroundings, Stevie becomes progressively more withdrawn from this alien place. Soon he is animated only by computer games and a troop of fictitious playmates. The Fletchers' concern for Stevie turns to terror when they discover that other young boys have disappeared from Steuben - and someone seems to be stalking Stevie.
As they struggle to keep their son from joining the "lost boys," the Fletchers battle a bevy of more conventional torments as well. Their new house is an insect-ridden matchbox dependent on the attentions of an eccentric old handyman. Step seems to be the only sane man at his snake pit of a job. DeAnne must acclimate herself and the three children to a new world while she is hugely pregnant with a fourth. A woman at their church believes God has given her an insight into Stevie's best interests that his parents lack. Evil hides in myriad mundane corners, threatening the Fletchers and their children. One of these threats, or maybe all of them, or maybe something else besides, may take Stevie away. But, though evil is all around them, goodness is within them, and that goodness will bind them together with a strength no force can break.
Orson Scott Card's forthright, moving prose, his remarkable gift for chronicling everyday tragedies and triumphs, and his uncanny ability to conjure up emotions - his characters' and his readers' - all blend together in a poignant, masterful novel.

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Everything seems to be going well for the Fletchers, a Mormon family that has recently moved to a small North Carolina town, but trouble begins when seven-year-old Stevie begins to withdraw into his own world. 75,000 first printing. $75,000 ad/promo. Tour.

Publisher: NY : Harper Collins, 1992
ISBN: 9780060166939
Characteristics: p. ; cm


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Jun 22, 2014

I liked Fletcher, but I felt like this book was more like one of those cartoon fliers you receive from missionary organizations than an actual story-line. Seriously. I don't even understand why I kept on reading this book. Possibly because he's one of the few people on this planet that can tell even the most boring story and make it seem like you're hearing the most interesting thing ever. I feel like this is what happened in this story.

After reading the entire book which is a little over 500 pages (I know this sounds crazy, but I'm not lying) and getting to the last 3 pages, I finally found out what the story was about. This would be okay if the story were an action/suspense novel, but it came across as if it were some sort of Lifetime story, albeit, a very well written one. I could wholly relate to all of the characters. But throughout the entire story, I couldn't escape the crazy feeling that I was being preached to.

At one point, I even went to the people I work with and tried explaining how good the book was, but that I felt like it was kind of preachy. This was the first time I learned that Orson is a Mormon. Makes sense, since the book comes across as a Mormon sell.

Aside from that, I actually enjoyed reading it. Fletcher and his family are very believable. The people they meet are very believable and they bring an element of craziness to an otherwise mundane story.

In fact, I kept telling my wife as I was reading this book, that it was a book written as an anti-climax. I had never read anything like it. The things that happen are consistently written off as mundane events, and you're left wondering why they were even focused on at all.

So, overall, it's a conflicting ride. Should you choose to read it, don't expect a suspense filled read, unless you really enjoy being let down. It's simply an enjoyable story with the ending being an attempt to bring it together and pretend it's not a preachy novel.

Dec 06, 2009

Eerie. Heartrending. Poignant.

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