I actually really liked this book. It is definitely not what you think of when you think of OSC. However, after the first few chapters, I could hardly put it down. It helped, I think, that although I am not a member of the church, I know quite a bit about it since my best friend is Mormon (as is Card). There were places in this book that I thought felt very Stephen Kingish, but that only added to my enjoyment of the book since I am a huge SK & OSC fan.
Although, IMHO, it felt like a few loose ends were not tied up (leaves you wondering what ever happened to such and such character), I liked the ending. It was very sad, but good.
A great creepy ghost story, a great serial-killer story, and a really neat period piece -- the father of the family is a computer programmer in the early 80s, just as the IBM PC was coming out. Bits of it remind me of Stephen King ... if King could write people as achingly real as these.
I tried OSCard's Enders series and failed to get through it. I will honestly try again. This "horror" book is so different from that scifi series and you will be shocked at the end of the book.
Lost Boys is well written and a study in the life of a middle income American family. It is a realistic account of the latter day Morman experience. It has a gripping ending that you will often think about after the book...
This is one of my all time favorite books. The author takes the story to places I never expected. I literally got goose-bumps at times while reading this, and I was brought to tears at other times. That doesn't happen to me often. I highly recommend this book.
A ghost story, a supernatural thriller, with no gore, no horror fest over-the-top violence (actually almost no violence at all), and yet it creeps into your heart, stirs your senses. Plus, Card incorporates the Mormon religion into this story in a thoroughly unconventional way; gives a true-to-life view into Mormon culture
Step Fletcher, his wife, DeAnne, and their three children move to Stueben, North Carolina, thinking--hoping--it might just be 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, eith-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 Introspective even in the most comfortable surroundings, Stevie becomes progressively more withdrawn from this alien place.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 ficticious 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.
Orson Scott Card is an excellent writer, though a bit of a fruitcake in real life. Unlike some of his rather "out there" series that he writes, this is a stand alone book that preceded the movie The Sixth Sense, which bears a striking resemblance. It's a thoroughly enjoyable read.
Very different from the acclaimed Ender series, Lost Boys centers around a Mormon family. Card seamlessly entertwines a stark and poignant portrayal of family life and a glimpse of the Mormon church with a mystery ending in one of the best plot twists I've seen in a long time. Definitely recommended.
This is a strange one. The main family is Mormon and there is a lot of "preaching" in the book. The story kind of bogs down, the end is kind of depressing. Perhaps if you are one of the faithful, the story would have a different meaning.
Terror within the small town of Steuben, North Carolina. Step Fletcher, his pregnant wife, DeAnne, and their 3 children move to Steuben. The new job turns out to be a snake pit and there young boys have mysteriously vanished. 8 year old Stevie is apparently next of the list.
From bestselling storyteller Orson Scott Card, comes a gripping story of terror within a small town. Step Fletcher, his pregnant wife DeAnne, and their three children move to Steuben, North Carolina with high hopes. But Step's new job with a software company turns out to be a snake pit, and eight-year-old Stevie's school is worse. As Stevie retreats into himself, focusing more and more on a mysterious computer game and a growing troop of imaginary friends, the Fletchers' concern turns to terror. Young boys whose names match a list of Stevie's nonexistent friends have mysteriously vanished. And as evil strikes out from the most trusted corners, it's suddenly clear: Stevie's next on the list.
From back of book: The perfect place to raise a familyFrom best-selling storyteller Orson Scott Card comes a gripping story of terror within a small town. Step Fletcher, his pregnant wife DeAnne, and their three children move to Steuben, North Carolina with high hopes. But Steps new job with a software company turns out to be a snake pit, and eight-year-old Stevies school is worse. As Stevie retreats into himself, focusing more and more on a mysterious computer game and a growing troop of imaginary friends, the Fletchers concern turns to terror. Young boys whose names match a list of Stevies nonexistent friends have mysteriously vanished from Steuben. And as evil strikes out from the most trusted corners, its suddenly clear: Stevies next on the list.