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Sabotaged by Margaret Peterson Haddix
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bookshelves: adventure, jr-high, science-fiction, ya

Don't ask me why I read this book. I didn't really like "Sent." I liked this one more than #2, but that's really no excuse as to why I picked it up in the first place. I didn't like "Sent" because the science fiction seemed all off and it suddenly went historical fiction (though kudos for tricking all those kids into reading about history), and that's still true in "Sabotaged." What's also true in this one, only seemed even worse, is that the kids take forever to figure things out. I know they're kids, but COME ON. "I knew there was something I was missing, but I just couldn't figure out what it was" is a recurring sentiment for all of the characters, even the adults. It's very frustrating. I just want to know what's going on, I want someone, a narrator, a smart character, SOMEONE, to tell me what is going on. I'm not talking about spoiling the plot, or giving away the ending, or not having any suspense. But the suspense here feels contrived rather than genuine. The author creates it by withholding information with the lame excuse that the character doesn't remember or understand something that he clearly should remember and understand. "Didn't JB say something about this? I just don't remember." I hope the next one is good, because obviously I'm hooked on this series despite finding it flawed. And it even made me pick up a non-fiction book on Virginia Dare...
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April 6, 2011 – Shelved
April 6, 2011 – Shelved as: adventure
April 6, 2011 – Shelved as: jr-high
April 6, 2011 – Shelved as: science-fiction
July 7, 2011 – Shelved as: ya

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