The Missing

The Missing

eBook - 2007
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When schoolteacher Lois Larkin takes her third grade class on a trip to Bedford, a town destroyed by an environmental catastrophe, one of the children unearths an ancient, contagious plague that transforms its victims into something violent, inhuman, and hungry.
Publisher: Pymble, NSW ; New York, NY : HarperCollins e-books, 2007
ISBN: 9780061536229
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kcforreal
Aug 16, 2016

Rating: 2 stars

It was okay, but that's it.

SPOILER ALERT: It's ultimately nihilistic as essentially everyone dies or is infected at the end. All of the plans and the extents to which people go prove fruitless, yet because of the plot you realize this about half-way through, so the rest of the book is a long slog toward oblivion, with nothing but agony and lost hope. The problem isn't really with this book per se but all books that are like it that came before it - after you read several in this genre, what are you going to be horrified about by reading the next one? That's the problem right now with these pseudo-zombie books where mankind is doomed - if that's true then why read the book if they can't save themselves?

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jeab1981
Oct 24, 2013

Nothing is particularly special about this book. The characters are decently interesting (although a few of their traits are really beaten into you with constant reminders) but the plot isn’t all that thrilling or unpredictable; in fact, it took about a hundred pages before it felt like the story had finally begun. More than anything else, I really wish the author had removed many of her pop-culture references as they have dated her book very, very quickly. Think about reading a story that makes constant non-ironic references to things like Myspace, AOL, Michael Jordan, or Destiny’s Child --- okay, these aren’t the out-dated references that this books actually makes but they are just as annoying. Basically, they act as constant reminders that this book is getting older by the day (and kind of makes it feel like the whole thing was written by a 60 year old trying to be ‘cool.’)

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nelson95
Nov 22, 2012

also published under the title:The Virus.

A good entertaining read, very much like early Peter straub..ie Ghost Story, floating Dragon.

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Dsaults
Feb 11, 2012

Though ostensibly a followup to Langan's earlier "The Keeper", the connection between the two is so tenuous that "The Missing" makes the entirety of the previous book's story quite literally irrelevant. However, "The Missing" is a book willing to take some risks. It doesn't constrain itself to the obvious choices in fiction. Things do not always unfold as a reader's instinct might indicate they "should", which keeps things interesting, even if the pace of the plot is very gradual. The biggest problem is that it keeps its focus on a very small scale segment of a very large-scale problem, leaving it vague to the point of obscurity just how the events of the story are impacting the world outside the town it takes place in. The reader is given a few isolated nuggets of information but no real detail, no image of the epic scale of these events. All in all, "The Missing" has some courage to experiment with decisions in the story structure, but it feels as though it falls short of exploring the scale of the situation it sets up.

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