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The Lost Planet (Chase Garrety #1)

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This is what the boy is told:

• He woke up on planet Trucon, inside a fence he shouldn't have been able to pass.
• He has an annirad blaster wound to the back of his head.
• He has no memory.
• He is now under the protection of a mysterious benefactor.
• His name is Chase Garrety.

This is what Chase Garrety knows:

• He has a message: "Guide the star."
• Time is running out.
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by Feiwel & Friends
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Dana Elmendorf
Mar 28, 2014 Dana Elmendorf rated it it was amazing
It's a fantastic middle grade novel about a boy who's lost his memory with only one clue "Guide the star!" Chase goes on a space adventure to figure out who he is, where he came from and what his message means. Parker is a snarky boy who helps him find his way through the galaxy. The vast alien races introduced at the cafe reminds me of a MG version of the Star Wars Cantina. Love it! It's EVERYTHING I imagined as a child the future would be like when we finally became adults; teleportation, inne ...more
Feb 05, 2014 AdriAnne rated it it was amazing
As I may have gushed all over Twitter, this book rocked my socks off. Rachel Searles isn't afraid to break out the big guns, literally and figuratively, and blow you (or various other large objects in space) away. Tearing through pages, I really haven't felt so giddy since watching Star Wars as a kid. This book is dangerously entertaining in a glues-your-eyeballs-to-the page sort of way (unstick them with caution). BUY! READ!
Rachel Seigel
Jul 20, 2013 Rachel Seigel rated it really liked it
Really good middle grade sci-fi with a complex plot and solid writing. Might be a bit challenging for 9-year-olds but is perfect for a 10-11 year old boy who loves Star Trek or Star Wars.
Nov 26, 2014 Akoss rated it it was amazing
I would have devoured this book (figuratively speaking) in one sitting if my life schedule had allowed it. From the beginning you're hooked by the intrigue and the strange planetary universe. A mix of creatures and worlds that were earth-like and yet so different.

I rooted for Chase right from the start and Parker was the perfect jerk. I started thinking of him as a jerk before Chase even got to that conclusion. Talk about and unlikable character. However so many things happened that by the end h
Lyle Appleyard
Sep 25, 2013 Lyle Appleyard rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received an electronic advanced reader's copy of this novel from

This was a science fiction adventure written for the young reader. There was mystery, rocket ships, scary monsters, weird aliens and a boy with special powers and no memory. What to to do? Who to trust? An exciting trip though the galaxy

This story was very action driven. There was little in the way of character deelopment. This will appeal more to the young reader as it will keep their attention on the story. The sp
Carina Olsen
Jan 31, 2014 Carina Olsen rated it really liked it
I wanted to read The Lost Planet as soon as I saw that cover many months ago. And I liked the summary as well. Then I was lucky to get an ARC from Macmillan months ago, but I never found the time to start reading it. But today I really wanted to. And I'm so glad I did. Because I really enjoyed this book.

I'm not sure what to say about it, though. There is so much happening all the time and I can't mention too much about it because I don't want to spoil anything. I found the writing in this book t
Feb 08, 2014 Kristen rated it really liked it
The Lost Planet is about Chase, a boy who literally appeared from nowhere inside the shield of a home that only contains a boy named Parker and his android Mina. When Chase wakes up, he has no memories and the only reason they know his name is from a chip that was found at the back of his head. Parker is an orphan who is taken care of by a man named Asa, who mysteriously is never around. The boys decide to take off in search of Chase's memories and visit the planet's moon. While they are there, ...more
Amanda Northrup
Nov 17, 2013 Amanda Northrup rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
A young boy wakes up in a high-security compound on a strange planet with a head wound and no memory. Soon he learns that his name is Chase and that there is something strange about his ID chip. Desperate to discover his past, Chase embarks on a space adventure.

Overall I enjoyed The Lost Planet. The plot was very action-driven with lots of chase scenes, near-death escapes, and being captured by the bad guys. As such, it held my interest. However, the characters and world weren't very well develo
Pam Torres
Feb 23, 2014 Pam Torres rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Comparing world building techniques between two debut authors.

Saladin Ahmed: “Some readers/writers want scrupulous mimesis of an otherworld. Some want impressionistic wonder. No inherent right/wrong/better/worse there.”

Basically, like any genre, readers have preferences. There are those who want every detail of the world the author is creating, they are hungry to know how, why and what of the world they are reading about. Then there are readers who want the world believable but are more interest
Ms. Yingling
Dec 23, 2013 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
Chase wakes up with a wound on the back of his head and no memories, other than the phrase "guide the star". Luckily, he is found by Parker, who lives on the planet Trucon with his android nanny Mina, under the care of Dr. Sylvestri. The boys sneak off in a small space craft to have some fun, but Trucon blows up! Mina hunts them down, but is disabled, and the boys eventually land in the care of Maurus, whose life they have saved but who might have been responsible for blowing up Trucon under the ...more
Kathy Martin
Dec 30, 2013 Kathy Martin rated it liked it
This was an action-packed science fiction story. A young boy wakes up with no memory on a planet he has never seen. How he arrived is a mystery. He is taken in by a slightly older boy named Parker and his android guardian Mina. A memory chip in his head says his name is Chase Garrety but is otherwise so damaged that nothing can be gleaned from it. Parker's guardian is Asa Kaplan - a shadowy figure who Parker has never met.

Shortly after Chase arrives the planet is destroyed which leaves the boys
Sara Grochowski
A boy wakes in a room he's never seen before. In fact, he has no memory of anything... not even his name. It's only after the man tending to him finds a chip embedded under the boy's skin that his identity, or at least his name, is discovered: Chase Garrety. Armed with his name and little else, Chase sets out to unravel the mystery of how he ended up on the planet Trucon, wounded and without his memory. He teams up with Parker, the boy who found him unconscious and in mortal danger of the monste ...more
Colin Smith
Mar 04, 2014 Colin Smith rated it really liked it
Chase Garrity wakes up with no memory of anything apart from one message: "Guide the star." He learns his name, and the name of the planet he has woken up on, from those that find him. He also has a blaster wound on the back of his head--possibly the source of his amnesia--that he can't account for. One thing does become apparent very quickly: his life is in danger. And this book is a roller-coaster ride for Chase and his new friends Parker and Mina, from one danger to another, as he tries to fi ...more
Ravenous Biblioworm
Mar 24, 2014 Ravenous Biblioworm rated it liked it
As seen at The Young Adult Book Guide

This book is marketed towards tweens (library-ish term) or middle-grade (publishing-ish term) age. Basically, middle school aged students. But I believe books are to be enjoyed by everyone. As an adult, I can still enjoy easy picture books... chuckle at a Musk Ox who believes every letter in the alphabet is in reference to the musk ox (this is a very real picture book)... Anyway, this book is a middle grade science fiction book. It's fast paced and entertaini
Chase wakes up in a strange place with no memory of who he is or how he got there. The only thing he knows is a phrase, "guide the star", and the fact that he has a wound on the back of his head. He is under the care of Parker, an orphan living in a secure compound watched over by android Mina. Parker and Chase go on a little adventure in space and while they are gone the planet blows up. They rescue Maurus from a destroyed ship and it turns out he is suspected of blowing up Trucon. Maurus kidna ...more
Jan 11, 2016 bailey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A little while ago my eleven year old sister needed a book for a school project, so we went to Barnes and Noble to find one. It took us two hours of picking out books and reading the first chapters to find the one she really liked. The Lost Planet first caught my eye because the cover art is so amazingly stunning. After our two hours she decided that The Lost Planet was the one she found most interesting. I was kinda excited because I really wanted to read it too. I ended up reading it whenever ...more
Dec 30, 2014 Aelvana rated it it was ok
He wakes up without remembering anything about who he is or how he got inside a barrier-fence to appear right outside someone's house. He has a chip in his head that says his name is Chase Garrety. The only clue he has to his identity is the phrase that was so important it was the first thing he said: Guide the star. Now he's caught in a nightmare, trying to figure out who he is and how to stay alive as he moves ever deeper into a twisting web of intrigue.

This is mostly a sci-fi thriller about a
Sep 04, 2014 Dave rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 10-12 year old
Others have said, and I agree, that the cover is terrific. Yes, I do judge books by covers. It's one more area to excel in, and if they haven't tried there, what else will be sub-par? :)
I think of this book as almost-great. I think it has a great plot. To me, it moved a little bit too fast, like watching a toddler stumbling forward and you think at any second he will fall over because it's just too fast.
The characters seemed too... simple? And the great plot has a couple pieces to it that are so
Rachel Holland
Apr 08, 2015 Rachel Holland rated it it was amazing
I've said it several times while reading this book, but now I can make it final by writing a review:

It's books like this that remind me as to why and how I fell in love with science-fiction as a kid.

This book was action-packed and totally-amazing-great! Haven't enjoyed a sci-fi as much as I loved this one in F O R E V E R. I'm genuinely concerned that I can't express how much I loved this book properly. As an extremely picky ready, finding this book was like finding a piece of myself that I lost
May 10, 2015 Venus rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on Children's Atheneum

Oh amnesia. Although some people really love the amnesiac hero trope, too often this just feels like a gimmick. The amnesiac hero usually remembers some things, like how to speak English, but has forgotten everything including their own name. Either they remember somehow (or in this case are told it) or they make up their own nickname, which improbably has to do with their past. The hero usually has amazing fighting skills (think Jason Bourne) or th
Sarah W
May 30, 2015 Sarah W rated it really liked it
I think this book would be a good match for some of my school's Doctor Who and Star Wars fans. It has a lot of non-stop action and ties in a lot of science fiction tropes.
Apr 26, 2016 Faith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I'm a slow reader...but really? A year? Well, almost a year. But it was worth it!
I found it in a magazine ad and the cover and title was so intriguing to me. Well, time passed and I was looking for something to read. I was surfing the shelves at my library, and there it was. The last one on the shelf. So lonely all by itself. So I got it and immediately started reading. I was only a quarter of the way through when it had to go back to the library...and it took a very long time to get it back.
Jillian C.
Nov 04, 2015 Jillian C. rated it it was amazing
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Anna Adam
Jan 24, 2016 Anna Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

It's a lot to keep up with - the races, planets, politics, character stories - but it was a good read. I like that it compels me to read the next book but at the same time it feels like it can stand alone.
Apr 12, 2016 Nick rated it really liked it
This seems like a good attempt at re-creating the flavor of an early Heinlein juvenile novel.
A boy appears out of nowhere, after apparently coming through a shield impenetrable to teleportation, with a head wound and no memory. That opening scene kicks off a high-speed adventure in which he and the people he interacts with all have their own agendas, none of which are clear to an amnesiac whose very appearance startles or terrifies some of the folks he meets. Why? Who is he? And why do his vari
Cody Roecker
Jun 24, 2016 Cody Roecker rated it liked it

the last 80 pages were worthy of a strong 4.5 rating. this book had VERY interesting concepts!

full review to come!
Sep 12, 2016 Nadya rated it really liked it
It does end with quite a few questions (I didn't realize it was part of a series). Guess I'll have to pick up the next one and see what happens.
Nick Fisher
Oct 11, 2016 Nick Fisher rated it really liked it
I would recommend this to anyone who likes a sci-fi adventure. It is related to the Star Wars series in the way where it has futuristic weapons and they travel to other planets. So if you enjoy a sci-fi adventure.
Anderew Wagner
The Lost Planet is a really great book and I really enjoyed reading it. The non stop action with you learning something about his past or a mystery coming up in every chapter is the best part of the book, the fun never seems to end.
The protaganist Chase garetty was a good main charictor and I liked the story behind him, except I do wish in the end they explained a little bit moor about him and what he was like back before he lost his memory.
The side or supporting characters were good, they
I didn't finish this book but I got a little over the half way mark.The book it's self was pretty decent and the story was well built.So what it was about is that it takes place on some other planet in the future.A kid finds another kid that was in his front yard.The other kid was injured from something and the back of his head was all bloody and crap.So the kid that found him takes him to his friends house.The kids friend is like 20 and is a doctor.After he bandaged the kids head the kid wakes ...more
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Rachel Searles grew up on the frigid shores of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where she spent her childhood studying languages and plotting to travel around the world. After college, she lived abroad in Munich and Istanbul, working as a cook, a secretary, a teacher, and a reporter for the Turkish Daily News. She now divides her time between Germany and the US with her rocket scientis ...more
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