Review: The Lost (The Lost #1) by Sarah Beth Durst

May 29, 2014 Review 1 ★★★★

Review: The Lost (The Lost #1) by Sarah Beth DurstThe Lost by Sarah Beth Durst
Series: The Lost #1
Genres: Dystopia, Fantasy, Horror, Urban Fantasy
Excerpt: Excerpt
Published by Harlequin MIRA on May 27, 2014
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Source: NetGalley
Reviewed by: Julia
4 Stars
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.

From an initial, chilling fall into darkness, Sarah Beth Durst brings hope and magic to a horrific, almost apocalyptic landscape. Don't pick up this book unless you have time to make it through at least the first half of Lauren's journey, as her grief and circumstances will make it painful to leave her until she finds her footing.

Of course, "finding her footing" probably implies more hope than is warranted. Lost is a chilling place populated by lost souls and forgotten objects, with a pitiless magical nature that pits inhabitants against each other and themselves.  THE LOST is a story of people cut off from the world, alone in the decaying remains of their civilization, with a dose of ALICE IN WONDERLAND magic and madness thrown in.  While the despair that initially drove Lauren to Lost was foreign, her practical disbelief in the face of uncanny town was spot on.  And just when she starts to believe, she has to run for her life.

Sarah Beth Durst's stories always include the consequences and practicality of fairy tales, while weaving a world all her own from scratch. As terrifying as it was to visit Lost, I now find myself anxious to go back.  The living embodiment of grief and healing, THE LOST is a riveting series opener that you won't want to miss.

Series Titles

  1. The Lost
  2. The Missing
  3. The Found

One Response to “Review: The Lost (The Lost #1) by Sarah Beth Durst”

  1. Mina

    I love Sarah Beth Durst’s books and I’m glad the new one sounds just as good. Thanks for the review, I’ll definitely will read this one!