The Lost Puzzler
A brilliantly written, page-turning, post-dystopian novel about a society hoping to salvage the technology of a lost generation, a mysterious missing boy who can open doors no one else can, and a scribe who must piece together the past to determine humanity’s future.
More than a hundred years have passed since the Great Catastrophe brought humanity to the brink of extinctio
The Lost Puzzler was a puzzle, in more ways than one. Not only was the story shrouded in mystery, the plot was also slow to unravel, inviting the readers to seek the solution to the big question while doling out clues gradually in a teasing fashion. In addition, the structure of the book felt like a series of many separate and dissimilar segments making up a whole, thus making it feel very fractured.
For obvious reasons, ...more
After a Great Catastrophe, half of a society clings to technology, while the other half rejects it. There's also some curse like disease. Of course, there's a kid who is the key, and he journeys to save the world.
Not bad, but not especially memorable.
The Lost Puzzler dragged on for far too long, considering the storyline. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love a long story, and at 528 pages, this book is far from one of the longest that I’ve read.
The story was an overlapping tale, consisting of a scribe’s adventure in unearthing the mysterious disappearance of Rafik (story number two). Kless’ narrative went back and forth between the scribe (don’t ask me his name) and the story recounted t ...more
The Lost Puzzler was puzzling.
I just don't know what to make of this book or how to review it.
I do not recommend it. That's a good start.
First time authors should rely heavily on editors. The book was unnecessarily verbose.
So what was it about?
Uhm let me think about it.
A 'puzzler' is a person with tattoos who can unlock doors by solving complex puzzles.
For example: 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,...What's the next number?
Solve the p ...more
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5 / 5
It is rare that one book contains so much of the elements and ideas that I love to read about. The Lost Puzzler read like the author had looked into my brain and written this book for me: a speculative, futuristic world featuring ancient cities, people with tattoos and special powers, an unreliable narrator, a young man gifted with a peculiar power, and a hunt for a confusing, wild truth.
We read books to solve a mystery, and the more I ...more
The Lost Puzzler offers an interesting world but gets bogged down in a repetitive plot structure. Telling the story of Rafik, the titular lost puzzler, we see events that directly affect him in the past, along with a "present day" (future world) historical search for information about him, along with an attempt to determine his whereabouts. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, puzzlers are those both gifted and cursed with the ability to gain access to sophisticated technology and structur ...more
Then the author used the deservedly maligned trope of repeated flashbacks.
Then he just keeps writing and writing.
What started off as an interesting premise turned into a boring me ...more
4.5 stars - The pieces all come together in such a rusting wonderful way.
I'm not sure why I started this book with a negative attitude, but I did. I did not feel like learning about a new world. If you are like me and sometimes get exhausted learning about each world inside each fantasy novel - HAVE NO FEAR.
THE LOST PUZZLER is a gradual build. You learn with the main character, Rafik, who is just as new to this wo ...more
I was very surprised how much I enjoyed th ...more
Again and again, I keep begging for this worn out plot device to be retired. And yet, here’s another novel ruining a good Sci-Fi premise with the kid with all the gifts. It rarely worked when the idea was fresh. Now it simply crushes hope. I stop reading after 140 pages.
Several of the GR reviews call this a YA book, but it doesn't read like one to me. Though the central character is a young teen ...more
Over a century has passed since the Catastrophe that caused the fall of the Tarakan empire. Whatever caused the disaster was, it left humans almost extinct, and changed. Survivors have either returned to rural, agrarian, orthodox lifestyles or live in destroyed cities full of warring guilds, and mercenaries, City people live in slum-like environments while trying to adapt to using technolo ...more
It's somewhat your basic dystopian YA, which got it dinged for a star, in that it felt like it somehow restrained itself. I mean, I don't need it to go all Cormac McCarthy, but it trod the edges of dark without really taking that leap, without taking advantage of the possibilities that an R rating ...more
Author Eyal Kless is a classical violinist, but he can whomp up a sci-fi adventure novel, too.
It's about a ragtag crowd of people in a dystopian society after everything got blowed up real good.
The press release says the book is a combo of "Mad Max: Fury Road" and "The Canterbury Tales," and now I can't un-compare the book to those two things. The author captures the energy and the craziness of "Fury Road" in the world he creates, while the depth of the chara ...more
There was much I liked about this book, and a fair bit that I didn't.
The premise was good, with a slightly original take on the 'leftover technology from a dead civilisation' story. It was a bit confusing at first, but things do become somewhat clearer as the story progresses.
Rafik's story was very intriguing, the boy a very likeable and relatable character. His story was well told and it was written so that we learnt about Kless' world as Rafik did. His story did become a bit quick ...more
A picaresque novel about a serious boy with special powers, The Lost Puzzler takes place in an impoverished, technologically backwards world. After the fall of the advanced Tarakan Empire, the remaining population struggles to get by on what remains of their technology. Others turn to a rural existence, adhering to religious dogma which condemns all those who still seek out technology.
Children who spontaneously exhibit tattoos are ...more