Published by Macmillan on January 28th 2014
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This is what the boy is told:
• He woke up on planet Trucon, inside a fence he shouldn't have been able to pass.
• He has an annirad blaster wound to the back of his head.
• He has no memory.
• He is now under the protection of a mysterious benefactor.
• His name is Chase Garrety.
This is what Chase Garrety knows:
• He has a message: "Guide the star."
• Time is running out.
The Lost Planet is about Chase, a boy who literally appeared from nowhere inside the shield of a home that only contains a boy named Parker and his android Mina. When Chase wakes up, he has no memories and the only reason they know his name is from a chip that was found at the back of his head. Parker is an orphan who is taken care of by a man named Asa, who mysteriously is never around. The boys decide to take off in search of Chase’s memories and visit the planet’s moon. While they are there, the planet is destroyed, leaving them homeless and no closer to any answers.
The boys end up on the run, picking up a stranger who is almost dead only to find out he may be the terrorist responsible for the planet’s untimely demise. There were so many questions to be answered by the middle of this book, that I could not wait for the dots to connect. I loved seeing how the three characters ended up being connected by the end of the book. By any means, it was not the best science fiction I’ve read, but it was a fun adventure with a space theme that kept me reading.
As the story unfolds, we find that there is more to Chase than he first knows and that he may be more vital than just some random boy. Parker’s own story is still unclear by the end of the book, being unsure why he really was taken under the wing of the mysteriously not present Asa. Maurus’ story is up and down as he is one of the few of his race that was in the Fleet and now supposedly a terrorist, although he claims otherwise. I’m assuming this is going to be the first in a series because I did not feel like everything was fleshed out fully, but I could be wrong. Personally, I’d love to read more of their adventures and see what happens after this book, especially with some new characters that also have strange abilities.
Final Verdict: The Lost Planet is a fun science fiction adventure, with memorable characters, some cool abilities and lots of plot twists. I think middle grade readers will enjoy this one because it moves fast and has a lot of interesting elements of the science fiction genre.
To learn more about the author, check out our interview with Rachel Searles.