Title: One Was Lost
Author: Natalie D. Richards
Release Date: October 1st, 2016 (paperback)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: YA Mystery/Horror
Lets Celebrate Diverse Books!
So I had an idea and have decided to make weekly posts featuring a different diverse book each time. This weeks book is One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards. It’s a suspenseful and terrifying survival story of a group of teens who, while on a mandatory senior field trip, are separated into two groups during a flash flood. Someone appears to be out to get them-stalking them, drugging them, stealing their supplies and writing on their skin. As they fight to survive in the wilderness, they have to figure out how to work together-and who to trust.
The main character, Sera, is Lebanese. There are two POC supporting characters; an Asian girl and a black boy with two fathers. It also contains a bi-racial romance! Yes, there is still time for kissing in the midst of danger and dodging possible psychopath serial killers in the middle of the woods, days away from civilization.
I really loved the storyline-it was creepy and full of mystery and kept me second guessing the whole time. There were parts that seriously sent a shiver down my spine, and gave me the creeps over reading alone in my room at night. The characters were all flawed and multi-dimensional and all so different from each other. I loved the complicated relationship between Sera and Lucas, the flashbacks we got of their past together and how they moved on from there, growing increasingly closer as they tried to protect each other and find a way out the mess they were in. A great read for anyone looking for a diverse, thrilling, survival story!