Monday, March 11, 2019

Review: Come Find Me by Megan Miranda

Author: Megan Miranda
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:  Janaury 2019

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?

Come Find Me is one of those books that you are really better off going into it not knowing much ahead of time.  It follows Kennedy whose mother was murdered.  She notices a pattern on the radio telescope that she thinks may hold the key to what happened that night.  We also follow Nolan whose older brother disappeared into thin air.  He keeps getting signals from his brother's bedroom.  He is convinced they are related to the disappearance.

This ended up being a pleasant surprise for me.  I found myself drawn in right away.  I also wasn't able to guess what was really going on; so the wrap-up was a surprise.    I enjoyed both Kennedy and Nolan's characters separately as well as their developing friendship.  The book gives a good and realistic look at grief and how it affects people differently.  For instance, Nolan wants to know what happened to his brother. He devotes all of his free time to searching for him.  But his parents end up starting a foundation that looks for other missing kids as well.  The foundation takes up all of their time, as well as their home, to the point that it is an obsession.

I definitely recommend this book to any YA reader. It's a good mystery without anything graphic or triggering for younger YA readers.

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