Lost Boys: A Novel

Mass Market Paperback | January 25, 2005

byOrson Scott Card

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For Step Fletcher, his pregnant wife DeAnne, and their three children, the move to tiny Steuben, North Carolina, offers new hope and a new beginning. But from the first, eight-year-old Stevie's life there is an unending parade of misery and disaster.

Cruelly ostracized at his school, Stevie retreats further and further into himself -- and into a strange computer game and a group of imaginary friends.

But there is something eerie about his loyal, invisible new playmates: each shares the name of a child who has recently vanished from the sleepy Southern town. And terror grows for Step and DeAnne as the truth slowly unfolds. For their son has found something savagely evil ... and it's coming for Stevie next.

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Award-winning author Card proves to be a master at mainstream fiction with this chilling family drama that touches the heart as it frightens the soul. When the Fletchers move to North Carolina, their son withdraws from reality into a world of computer games and fictitious playmates--whose names match those of missing young boys.

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For Step Fletcher, his pregnant wife DeAnne, and their three children, the move to tiny Steuben, North Carolina, offers new hope and a new beginning. But from the first, eight-year-old Stevie's life there is an unending parade of misery and disaster.Cruelly ostracized at his school, Stevie retreats further and further into himself -- a...

Orson Scott Card has won several Hugo and Nebula Awards for his works of speculative fiction, among them the Ender series and The Tales of Alvin Maker. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife and four children.

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 1.09 inPublished:January 25, 2005Publisher:HarperCollins

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Quite disappointing The entire book seems to be building up to some huge climax... which never seems to be fully realised. After reading Card's Ender/Bean saga, I was expecting a LOT more from this book. The first 90% of it or so is basically the difficult daily life of a family in a new town, with the ocassional strange event happening. It isn't until the last 10% of the book that all of these events are tied together, quite disappointingly so.
Date published: 2006-08-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Family Drama From one of the masters of sci-fi and fantasy comes what seems to be a very personal and gripping family drama. All of the events that befall this family and their reactions ring true. Card should be applauded for pulling this off. However, thrown into the mix is a supernatural ghost story that seems out of place next to the realism of the rest of the book. Most of the story is concerned with the father and how the political goings-on at his job affect his family, and so on, then suddenly in the last few pages it knocks you over the head with this thriller-style ending that seems tacked-on, as if he'd forgotten he was writing a ghost story, then remembered as he was finishing the final chapter. I recommend it as a compelling and real story about a family, but as a ghost story it's meandering and weak.
Date published: 1999-05-31

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Award-winning author Card proves to be a master at mainstream fiction with this chilling family drama that touches the heart as it frightens the soul. When the Fletchers move to North Carolina, their son withdraws from reality into a world of computer games and fictitious playmates--whose names match those of missing young boys.