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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

#ATBR2019 Review: Come Find Me by Megan Miranda @meganlmiranda @crownpublishing

Come Find Me
by Megan Miranda

Thanks so much to Crown for these review copies!
Jessica and I are finding a love for the YA thrillers - come see why...

Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: January 29, 2019
336 Pages
Genre: Young Adult, Thriller

After surviving an infamous family tragedy, sixteen-year-old Kennedy Jones has made it her mission to keep her brother's search through the cosmos alive. But then something disturbs the frequency on his radio telescope--a pattern registering where no signal should transmit.

In a neighboring county, seventeen-year-old Nolan Chandler is determined to find out what really happened to his brother, who disappeared the day after Nolan had an eerie premonition. There hasn't been a single lead for two years, until Nolan picks up an odd signal--a pattern coming from his brother's bedroom.

Drawn together by these strange signals--and their family tragedies--Kennedy and Nolan search for the origin of the mysterious frequency. But the more they uncover, the more they believe that everything's connected--even their pasts--as it appears the signal is meant for them alone, sharing a message that only they can understand. Is something coming for them? Or is the frequency warning them about something that's already here?

My Review:

This is a story of two teenagers who have endured tragic loss.  Nolan's brother is missing but he feels as if his brother is reaching out to him from beyond and he's determined to follow any and all leads.  Kennedy's living with her uncle and finds a signal on her brother's equipment that doesn't make sense.  Where is this pattern come from.  Circumstances bring Nola and Kennedy together in their search as it appears things are too coincidental to not have a meaning and they are determined to find it.

The book starts off a bit slow but pick up towards the middle of the book.  This is a story about grief, the aftermath of tragedies, how families cope and unstoppable need to two people who need closure but to do so, they need to look to each other, within themselves and at those surrounding them.

A proper sci-fi-ish, paranormal-ish, suspense that's a thrill for a younger audience.  While the themes can get a bit morbid, I did enjoy the two different sides in how families are dealing with their own personal tragedies. Maybe it was because of the slower start that the ending felt a little bit rushed but for the most part, this one delivers. 

I've always enjoyed all of Miranda's novels and will certainly read anything she puts out for us readers.  Those who love the YA thriller genre should surely pick this one up - don't let the slow beginning deter you.  The build up of these characters resonate. 


Jessica's Review:

This was very different from what I was expecting! COME FIND ME is the newest YA thriller from Megan Miranda, and she will continue to be an auto-buy author for me. I would probably classify this one as more a sci-fi meets paranormal thriller - something to keep in mind is that it does have a slower build to it (I always like knowing this going into a thriller).

Nolan and Kennedy have something in common, they have both experienced a tragic loss of a loved one. Something that is never easy to cope with or come to terms with. As they both are looking for answers they happen to cross each others' paths and join forces to get to the bottom of things.

I feel like this is more character driven than plot driven, which isn't bad. Miranda does a great job developing the characters and really showing us their struggles to come to terms with the tragedies they have experienced. We get to see how two families try to move forward but also the determination Nolan and Kennedy have to know what truly happened.

This is more YA and is a great way for those to get into the thriller genre (if you're looking for something lighter to start with). I will continue to keep my eyes peeled for more from Megan Miranda in the future!

3.5/5 stars

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