Monday, January 24, 2011
(10) Time depends on finding the Missing
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Young Adult ( science fiction/adoption)
Synopsis: When Jonah and his best friend, Chip start receiving threatening notes in the mail, they are plunged headfirst into a mystery. With the help of Jonah's sister, Katherine, they discover that the notes may be connected to the shady circumstances surrounding Jonah and Chip's adoptions. When they begin to investigate, they find a vast conspiracy that reaches from the far past to the distant future - one that will take them hurtling through time. They don't know who to trust, or which shadowy faction to believe. Can Jonah and Chip discover the secrets of their pasts before the conspiracy catches up to them?
Review: I was really impressed with the way Haddix handled adoption and her use of proper adoption language. Jonah has known he was adopted his whole life, but Chip doesn't discover his adoption until he receives the similar mysterious letter that Jonah received about being one of the Missing. Each boys struggles with their adoption are realistic and very well portrayed. While Jonah isnt really interested in searching out his past because he is happy with his family, Chip finds himself lost and confused. It doesn't help that Chips parents refuse to discuss his adoption with him.
As Jonah, Chip and Jonah's sister Katherine start to research more into Jonah and Chip's adoptions they find an FBI cover-up, people who keep disappearing, and a woman who swears she saw a plane with 36 infants appear out of nowhere and then disappear. When all three of them attend an adoption conference even more strange things start to happen as they begin to unravel the secret of their past and discover their past might in fact lie in the past when they are told they are part of the Missing Children in Time.
This was a great book. I loved the sci fi angle to the adoption theme. I can't wait to dive into the rest of this trilogy.