Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

Twelve-year-old Sophie Foster has a secret. She’s a Telepath—someone who hears the thoughts of everyone around her. It’s a talent she’s never known how to explain.

Everything changes the day she meets Fitz, a mysterious boy who appears out of nowhere and also reads minds. She discovers there’s a place she does belong, and that staying with her family will place her in grave danger. In the blink of an eye, Sophie is forced to leave behind everything and start a new life in a place that is vastly different from anything she has ever known.

Sophie has new rules to learn and new skills to master, and not everyone is thrilled that she has come “home.”
There are secrets buried deep in Sophie’s memory—secrets about who she really is and why she was hidden among humans—that other people desperately want. Would even kill for.

First, I’d just like to say that a preface is not a prologue. Unless my copy of KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES was faulty, I got a prologue in the form of a preface. A preface is:

(n) a preliminary statement in a book by the book’s author or editor, setting forth its purpose and scope,expressing acknowledgment of assistance from others, etc.

A prologue is:

(n) an introductory scene, preceding the first act of a play, opera, etc.

There we go.

Now, moving past that, this was actually a really good book. I kept wanting to go back and read it, whenever I wasn’t. Not that it was necessarily on my mind all the time, but it’s book that makes me want to read it–and I really like those type of books.

Sophie? I’ve seen more impressive characters. And her narration? I seriously, genuinely disliked it in the beginning. She came off as annoying and taking a shower in self-pity, all the while pretending like she wasn’t. It got better though, and it was great to watch her change as a character through her journey in KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES. I felt like she really grew throughout this story, and that is really portrayed very well in EXILE, the second book in this series. So I liked that.

As for Fitz? Yes. That’s all I have to say. Yes.

The topic wasn’t all that original. I mean, if you put it basically it’s about a girl with telepathic powers who meets a person, is brought to a place where she can be trained and finds out that the world is full of danger. Yeah. Most of that story you can find in X-Men. But Shannon Messenger’s writing. I thought I wouldn’t like the way Shannon Messenger writes. But whaddya know? I fell for it. There’s something about it that I really like, that makes the story really come alive.

I liked the twists, the imagination and the way the pacing moved along fairly quickly right off the bat. A good read, and I can’t wait to read LET THE SKY FALL. 4 stars.

pg count for the hardback: 488

Series: Keeper of the Lost Cities

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