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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 (first published November 1st 2013)
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Colin Smith
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
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
Bailey
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
Carina Olsen
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...more
Lyle Appleyard
I received an electronic advanced reader's copy of this novel from NetGalley.com

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...more
Krista Ivy
The book starts with a bang. The reader is thrust into the world in the same manner as the protagonist. He has amnesia which means that he learns along with the reader of the world around him, so no one is left out. Everything has to be explained which means that like all good high science fiction; it all has a purpose. There is a sense of discovery and I would openly say that this is a coming of age mystery thrown into a futuristic setting. The reader has to see through Chase’s eyes, but still...more
Ravenous Biblioworm
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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...more
M.
Futuristic space adventure, 4th or 5th grade and up, mostly boys.

A planet with a yellow sky, a house protected by an invisible dome, and hungry monsters outside the dome just waiting for something or someone to eat--this is where Chase wakes up. He has a blaster wound on the back of his head and no memory of anything at all. Parker and Mina, the teenage resident of the house and his android keeper, rescue Chase and then begin a wild interplanetary adventure trying to figure out who Chase really...more
Rachel Seigel
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.
Kathy Martin
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...more
Ms. Yingling
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
Tom
Despite some hocus pocus, this is a much more serious sci-fi than many other kids books I've read. She at least usually treats readers like they have brains. That said, as usual for fiction, the plot relies on vast amounts of coincidence, which was too bad. Also, things stayed in motion a bit too much. The plot took seemingly random tangents every few pages. Still, overall, a nice read. I'd consider reading any sequels (which the author has clearly set up for), and that's saying a lot. I don't o...more
Akoss
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...more
Ariella
The Lost Planet was a book that had a great start. It reminded me why I love middle grade books so much, but I didn't quite love it all the way until the end.

Chase Garrety has amnesia and he had no idea what happened or what planet he was on. I normally hate characters with amnesia (I just wanna reach in and suffocate them sometimes) but Chase was okay. Action was also a strong point for this novel though the pace was a bit slow. It's really a fun sci-fi novel and I loved all the adventure. I d...more
Pam Torres
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...more
Kristen
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
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...more
Suz
Imagine waking up with a serious wound to the back of your head - no memory of what happened, where you came from, or even your own name. That is how the story starts in Rachel Searles' new book. Chase awakens on the lawn of a house and is brought inside by Parker and his guardian, Mina. They realize that he has no memories of anything personal and decide he has amnesia. The two boys sneak off in a small spaceship to visit a neighboring moon and things go out of control quickly. Before long ther...more
Erin Hartshorn
This is a fun adventure romp of SF for a middle-grade reader. It starts with a well-worn trope: a person in an unfamiliar place with no memory of who he is and no idea of how he got there. From there, things get more intense: a clandestine trip to a moon, an attack on a doctor who helped him, pirates, planetary explosions, people who recognize him but say he can't exist -- and, of course, all the usual blasters, aliens, rescues, double-crosses, and unexpected allies. Chase Garrety is only trying...more
Makenna
This was a relatively good book, with a nice plot, and great characters. I would've liked for Chase to be more brave. I presume that this will become a series, or trilogy. It should at least have a sequel. The ending left something wanting. And it wasn't as concrete as I would've hoped, but it is a good ending if there will be a second book.
cEe beE
Very action packed sci-fi story about a boy named Chase who wakes up with amnesia. There are aliens, androids, and monsters. While the non-stop action kept me reading, the mystery about Chase dragged on too long in my opinion. The revelation at the end felt anticlimactic. It is also incomplete because the rest of the story is for the sequel.
Kurtis Chan
i founf this bool to be half sad and half adventurous. This is because in the story, the main character, Chase, loses his memory and doesn't remember what happened to him. All he knows is that he is differemt and isn't supposed to be alive. He goes on an adventure to find out what or who he is while almost losing the people that are close to him.
Cathy
Sci Fi's not my thing, but this will be booktalked to 6th graders in June. Fast paced, action/mystery/adventure perfect for Star Wars fans. Written in the 1st person, the story unfolds quickly, has plenty of twists, and a few good twists in the end. I'll be ready for the sequel!
Christina Farley
I grew hoarse reading THE LOST PLANET to my 8 and 10 year old boys because they wouldn't let me stop reading. They were completely invested in the book and couldn't wait to see what would happen next and how the characters would get out of the most impossible situations. When I finished reading the book, the boys demanded I go online and give this book a 5 star rating because they thought it was so awesome.

As a parent reader, I also was engaged and thrilled to be transported into this new world...more
Amanda
Good twists and turns that had me guessing frequently throughout; wonder if there will be a sequel? Would like to read it if there is. Complex characters and unusual settings. Bit bumpy a few times for plot but loved it very much and had a hard time putting it down.
Mary Summer
THE LOST PLANET is non-stop, life-or-death action. I ripped through this book, because I could not stop turning pages. Any time I thought ‘whew! I can finally take a breath!’ the characters were dumped into another pot of boiling lava from which there was no escape. But don’t think for a second that characterization is sacrificed on the altar of the constantly driving plot. Each of the characters are fully fleshed-out, complicated people with motivations and flaws that come screaming to the fore...more
Bethe
bookaday #64. Give this one to Star Wars/Star Trek fans! Reminds me also of Maze Runner series. Lots of space travel, adventures, creatures, authentic teen boy dialogue. Some questions left unanswered, part 2 due next year.
Dana Elmendorf
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
Sunny Colling
this book was one of the beats books i have ever read in my life!i love this book BUT i really think that Rachel searles should make a second book.
Stirling
Loved this book. LOVED. I don't read a ton of Middle Grade fiction, but maybe I should remedy that, because this was a blast. I am rubbish at reviews so let me just say this: it reminds me of a Heinlein juvenile (Red Planet, Between Planets, etc) where the action is nonstop and every chapter ends with an OH CRAP HOW ARE THEY GONNA GET OUT OF THIS ONE...


*Stars: it's 5 or none; either this is a book I will fight for or it's not, and I only star the ones I am willing to throw down in defense of. No...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 lives in Los Angeles with her rocket scientist husband and two cats,...more
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