Title: THE LOST CAUSES
Author: Jessica Etting & Alyssa Schwartz
Pub. Date: September 5, 2017
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
They’re the kids that no one knows — or no one wants to know. The rich depressive, the OCD chick, the hypochondriac, the drug abuser, the athlete with anger management issues. All chosen for intensive group therapy because they’re out of other options. They’re lost causes, the therapist tells them. She promises this support group will help them heal.
There’s only one problem. She’s not a therapist. And that water she offers? It contains a dangerous serum that gives each of the kids a psychic power.
Suddenly, they can think clearly, speak to ghosts, see the past, even move objects with their mind. Their earlier problems have vanished, but their new freedom comes with a price.
Sabrina, Gabby, Z, Justin and Andrew are to help the FBI solve the grisly murder that has rocked their small town. Their new powers will help them uncover clues and follow leads that have eluded the authorities. Their outsider status gives them the perfect cover.
But the same traits that make them top investigators also make them vulnerable. As they close in on the murderer, they expose a much larger conspiracy that puts them directly in harm’s way and makes them wonder who — if anyone — they can trust.
The Lost Causes is definitely one of the most unique books I’ve read in quite some time. It strikes out into so many genres and tropes that it’s hard to really pin it down, but it’s generally sold as urban fantasy mixed with scifi, and that’s fairly accurate if you don’t count the police drama/mystery side of things. See what I mean?!
If I had to pick my favorite thing about the book, it would be the fact that the authors really made an effort to convey the idea that it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, you have the chance, and the choice, to do something for the greater good, or to help out even one person, and it can make a real difference.
Though I did have some issues with the timing, and explanations, behind several aspects of the book, I can suspend belief for the sake of a scifi thriller. There were definitely some screenplay vibes here, so the authors’ experiences in this arena really came into play.
Quickly paced, and with a wildly diverse group of young people who will keep you guessing, The Lost Causes is the eerie read you didn’t know you were looking for!
Thanks to Rockstar Book Tours and KCP Loft for the review opportunity!
About Jessica and Alyssa:
Hi, we’re Jessica & Alyssa!
We’re best pal writing partners who have been obsessed with reading since we each used to hoard The Babysitters Club books in our bedrooms across the country from one another in Los Angeles (Jess) and Virginia (Lyss).
We finally met on the first day of college at USC, long enough ago that Rocket Dog platform flip-flops were fully acceptable night-out shoes and our biggest life decision was whether to watch Dawson’s Creek or Beverly Hills, 90210 on Wednesday nights (90210, obviously).
We started writing together right after college when we took the “write what you know” adage to heart and wrote a TV pilot that sold to Fox about how life sucks when you’re 22, broke and a freshman in life. We spent the next many, many years writing for TV and film before we jumped into the book world, a major lifelong dream of ours.
The number one question everyone always asks us is how we write as a team so here’s the rundown…After being best friends and writing together for so long, our brains now officially occupy a shared space. Ninety percent of the time, we know what the other person is going to say before she even opens her mouth. Our husbands think it’s creepy, but we think it’s awesome. After this many years, we’ve honed it to a pretty efficient process….except for when we digress on Facetime to catch each other up on the few hours we weren’t in contact with each other (which takes especially long if we’ve both finished the same book and need to discuss, if one of us needs justification for an argument we picked with our husband or if we’ve discovered a new hair product, self-tanner or blog).
(3) winners will receive a finished copy of THE LOST CAUSES, US & Canada.
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