Wake Up Missing by Kate Messner – Review

September 26, 2013 Review 0 ★★★

inanutshell2Younger audiences may enjoy this story more than I did, as it veers more into Middle Grade than Young Adult territory. Overall, there was mystery, intrigue, and some action (including a killer crocodile!) to keep the story moving.

Wake Up Missing by Kate Messner – ReviewRelease Date: September 10, 2013
Title: Wake Up Missing
Author: Kate Messner
Pages: 272
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Source: NetGalley
Available: Barnes and Noble | Kobo | iBookstore | The Book Depository | Powell's
From the Publisher: Meet Quentin, a middle school football star from Chicago...
Sarah, an Upstate New York girls’ hockey team stand-out...
Ben, a horse lover from the Pacific Northwest...
And Cat, an artistic bird watcher from California.

The four have nothing in common except for the head injuries that land them in an elite brain-science center in the Florida Everglades. It’s known as the best in the world, but as days pass, the kids begin to suspect that they are subjects in an experiment that goes far beyond treating concussions….and threatens their very identities. They’ll have to overcome their injuries – and their differences – to escape, or risk losing themselves forever.
3 Stars

I was disappointed to find that that this book targeted a younger audience than I expected. The main character is only 12 and the supporting characters are between 12 and 14 (unless they’re an adult).

I’m accustomed to being in the heads of teenagers – high schoolers – not pre-teens.

When you want one thing and get another, it certainly colors your perception.

I never managed to become fully invested in the story or the characters. I believed that the kids were in danger, but I wasn’t really sure I cared. When one of the ancillary characters was found murdered (by the kids, even) I had no emotional reaction whatsoever.

Overall, this book was a very solid “meh.”

What Others Are Saying:

  • The Lost EntwifeI think Wake Up Missing is the perfect book to get a reluctant reader hooked into something a little more science-fiction than the typical middle-grade book.
  • River and SamWhen I started reading this I thought it was young adult and was a bit surprised when the kids all turned out to be 12. I checked here and found out it was MG, and that shifted my thoughts a little bit.
  • Wandering LibrariansSo good dose of middle school issues and finding yourself, along with science fiction mad-scientist plot.  Good times for all!

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