Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth OppelEvery Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel

Every Hidden Thing

byKenneth Oppel

Hardcover | September 20, 2016

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Somewhere in the Badlands, embedded deep in centuries-buried rock and sand, lies the skeleton of a massive dinosaur, larger than anything the late nineteenth-century world has ever seen. Some legends call it the Black Beauty, with its bones as black as ebony, but to seventeen-year-old Samuel Bolt, it’s the “rex,” the king dinosaur that could put him and his struggling, temperamental archaeologist father in the history books.

But Samuel and his father aren’t the only ones after the rex. For Rachel Cartland this find could be her ticket to a different life, one where her loves of science and adventure aren’t just relegated to books and sitting rooms. And if she can’t prove herself on this expedition with her professor father, the only adventures she may have to look forward to are marriage or spinsterhood.

As their paths cross and the rivalry between their fathers becomes more intense, Samuel and Rachel are pushed closer together. Their flourishing romance is one that will never be allowed. And with both eyeing the same prize, it’s a romance that seems destined for failure. As their attraction deepens, danger looms on the other side of the hills, causing everyone’s secrets to come to light and forcing Samuel and Rachel to make a decision. Can they join forces to find their quarry, and with it a new life together, or will old enmities and prejudices keep them from both the rex and each other?

Title:Every Hidden ThingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.17 inPublished:September 20, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1443410292

ISBN - 13:9781443410298


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute romance Romance was super cute. Sam is sweet, charming, and goofy. Rachel is smart, snarky, and doesn't conform to her time period's gender norms. Loved the discovery aspect of the book. Kind of derailed near the end, but overall: very cute but nothing mind-blowing.
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun adventure! Some light reading that mixed history with fiction.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from okay book A pretty good read but nothing too special. Kind of like a Romeo and Juliette but with dinosaurs which is interesting, but I feel the romance was handled sloppily and some of the conflicts unnecessary. All in all not terrible, but I wouldn't spend any more time on it than I already have.
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It will divide readers As a fan of Oppel, I was really excited for this book. Overall, it's a fine book, not as good as it could've been but not as bad as some are saying.
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my favourite but still good Not my favourite story by Kenneth Oppel, but it was still enjoyable. I loved the paleonthology aspect, I found that intriguing, and I loved the love story, but the climax and falling action and conclusion was too quick. The ending was a little less than satisfying. I was also a little surprised with some risk-ay writing for a young adult book where it wasn't the focus, so it threw me off a bit. But still a good read.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Adventure and history in one Another great book from Kenneth Oppel. Suitable, in my opinion, for the middle teen. Or the grandmother, like me, buying and reading books to pass on to my teenage grandkids. A very well told adventure in hunting dinosaur bones in the wild west. Also a history lesson of sorts in what the native population thought of these intruders. Romance, rivalry, good guys and bad guys. Everything you could want. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Love Affair with Dinos It's a quick and enjoyable read
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Read This was a great book! Every Hidden Thing is fun, intriguing, and exciting! I really enjoyed reading from the two POVs and I liked that they weren't separated by chapters. I would have liked, however, if the two POVs were written in fonts that were more easily distinguishable from each other. Because we are not told directly what year this book takes place in, I ended up doing research with my boyfriend based on things that happened in the book, and things they talked about, to find out when it took place, which I found fun. the last 150 pages or so got quite exciting and suspenseful, and overall I really enjoyed this book!
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A good read Good novel for teens, but not for adults. The story merges large things like dinosaurs with a Romeo and Juliet theme; add in a Western setting and you have a mish mash of elements coming together. There is however a neat twist near the end which I did not see coming. The issue of emerging sexuality is either daintily handled or wildly mismanaged depending on your point of view. So in the end a pleasant read but not worth spending any more time on.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad, but not amazing **Very mild spoilers** I think this book had a really great backbone of a story. The whole Romeo & Juliet + Indiana Jones? Umm yes pls. Unfortunately, everything just seemed to fall a little too flat. Almost there, but not quite. The characters never completely resonated with me... not until the end, but by then I hated one of them (Sam) and was disappointed in the other (Rachel). I will give the author credit for the setting and background research--for a narrative that didn't go toooooo deep into historical details, it did a pretty good job of accuracy and setting the scene appropriately. Too bad the characters just made me feel like I was babysitting a bunch of impulsive teenagers -_- To be honest, by the end of this book I wanted the characters to go out in a true Romeo & Juliet way... and be killed off. Seriously, their budding romance in the first third of the book was super cute, but that's all it was. And when it stopped being cute, when Sam's selfishness grew... I wanted their romance to end. Sam became VERY problematic for me... yo, like I don't care how important the dinosaur bones are to you, you don't get to pick and choose to be a good friend/boyfriend/husband/whatever when it suits you. And the thing is--I think the author knew this, and wrote Sam like this on purpose WHICH WAS GREAT. I like how he didn't try to turn it around and make it seem like we should sympathize with Sam, or that we should feel this was ~romantic~ of him and omg he's so ~passionate~ about everything in his life. No. He was a douchebag. I've only read one other book by the author (This Dark Endeavour) which I really enjoyed, and I thought his characterization of Victor Frankenstein was great. I can kinda see a little of that rubbing off on Sam, because the guy was losing his marbles. With that said, I feel like Kenneth Oppel is really good at writing in the male POV... but I can't say the same for the female. Rachel, she had SO MUCH POTENTIAL, and I could see her trying to burst through the pages and be this amazing, smart, ambitious young woman. But because KO couldn't get into the female mindset as well as he can into the male's (understandably so...), her POV chapters were always so... bleh for me. About twenty pages to the end, I thought this book was going in a different direction and I was actually glad because having THAT happen in the end would've redeemed the story for me and made me proud of Rachel. It would've made so much sense for *SPOILER* them to die. *SPOILER* But ahh, that was not the case. Other than that, this book was just okay for me. Not bad, but not amazing. Save for the ending that could've been so much better, it was a pretty solid story. I just wish it had gone beyond the surface. (Did I just make a palaeontologist joke? Idk. Let's pretend I did).
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A fun and entertaining adventure story! *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* What I Loved: I think to really enjoy this book you have to just go with what is happening. There was a lot to pick apart but I decided to ignore all the little things and just enjoy myself. It really was a good book though, I know I'm making it seem like it wasn't. It was something fun and interesting to read. I especially appreciated how unique the story was (but this author always has a unique story to tell). I can't say that I've ever read a MG/YA book about hunting for dinosaur bones. It sounds like it would be a boring topic but that author made it actually kind of fun! The plot was easily the best part of this book. It's an adventure story so these characters really are taking you all over the place. I'm not sure if I'd compare it to Indiana Jones but the Romeo and Juliette part definitely fit. I think that maybe the plot would be more entertaining if read by a guy. There were just little parts that I could really tell that this was written by a guy and that I think a guy would find funnier. I also have 0 tolerance for what I call "guy humour" so someone who likes that kind of thing would like this more. Let's be honest though, my rating was heavily influenced by the presence of dinosaurs. No shame here. What I Didn't Love I think the entertainment factor brought my star rating up because there were a few things I didn't like at some points. I found there wasn't much character development and that I couldn't related much to either main character. Rachel was kind of hard to relate to because she was social awkward I guess you could say. She was super smart but it was like being smart took away a chunk of her personality. Samuel wasn't too bad, he was the typical teenage guy who didn't really have a clue what was happening most of the time. I get that it's a different time period but the characters fell flat for me. I also thought the very brief sex scene was pretty weird. I'm not sure what was going on there. It felt kind of rushed and just strange which I guess makes sense but it just didn't feel fun like the rest of the story was. Who I'd Recommend To: I would recommend this to younger YA boys specifically. I think they'd like this the most. BUT that's not saying girls wouldn't like it too! If you love some quirky characters and a fun dinosaur hunting adventure then pick this book up for sure!
Date published: 2016-09-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Romeo and Juliet meets Indiana Jones for Teens 3.5 stars! This book was described to me as Romeo and Juliet meets Indiana Jones and this is true in many ways. The setting is the late 19th century, just after the end of the civil war, and a time we now we refer to as ‘bone wars’ when paleontologists were fighting each other to be the first to find, and name, new species of dinosaurs. The book centres around two families: Samuel Bolt and his father and Rachel Cartland and her father. Samuel and Rachel are both determined to follow in their fathers’ footsteps and become paleontologists, although for Rachel it’s much harder given the lack of equal opportunity for women. The book starts with Professor Cartland humiliating Professor Bolt by pointing out that he’d put the head of the elasmosaurus on the wrong end of the spine and the professors get in a fight. Following that, both professors get a tip about the skeleton of a massive dinosaur and decide to mount separate expeditions to find it first. Although their fathers hate each other, seek to discredit each other, and use underhanded methods to get ahead of the other; during the expedition, Rachel and Samuel find the time to have secret chats and start to fall in love. As you may imagine, their fathers aren’t happy with this and Rachel and Samuel need to use all of their strength to 1) find the dinosaurs; 2) rebel against their fathers; and 3) discover how to be in love while keeping their dreams for the future alive. This book was fun – it wasn’t very action-packed, but I really enjoyed the historical setting. Kenneth Oppel did a great job of making me feel like I was right there with them in the middle of the dig, attempting to find all of the bones and discover a new species of dinosaur. Rachel is very much ahead of her time and a champion of feminist rights. This book is recommended for teens 16 and older because of sexual content.
Date published: 2016-07-18

Editorial Reviews

“An entertaining, thoughtful - and sometimes downright funny - yarn.”