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Published by Listening Library
Released on January 29, 2019
The cover and title caught my eye for a listing of YA thrillers and then the blurb sealed the deal with mentions of missing people and hidden messages in strange signal frequencies. Everything about Come Find Me was new to me and I was all set to plunge in for an exciting listen. My instinct was spot on. I loved this one and it only got better as it went down it’s twisting path to the end.
Come Find Me is a standalone YA thriller with sci-fi elements. It is dual narrated by the pair of protagonists who each have their own horrific past experiences of loss and receive the mysterious signal. Kennedy and Nolan were strangers until they joined together in a quest to get the answers to the signal which led them to facing the dark shadows of their past which has reached out to them in the present.
I enjoyed how the book gave me one impression, particularly about Kennedy, when the story began and then peeled back the layers to reveal that things were something different. I don’t have a lot of patience for teens causing more drama than necessary or being so self-absorbed that adults look stupid or like the enemy. It started down that road with Kennedy and her young uncle who was doing the best he could along with her withdrawal from the other kids, but then more comes out and her issues made a lot more sense. Nolan’s situation was pretty cut and dry, sadly, from the beginning until much later.
While I do have to constantly remind myself that I’m listening to a book about and for the Young Adult crowd, at the same time, I found that this author nailed it on the right maturity level for thinking and actions of her teen leads and for how they would be after experiencing the tragedies they did. In fact, I found them more well adjusted than I’m pretty sure that I would be. Their gradual strangers to friends and then friends to romantic interest was at a good pace and their relationships with others around them were right where they needed to be, too. Considering what she was dealing with, Kennedy landed well with her mom’s young grad student uncle who I really liked even when Kennedy put him through his paces with her grief, anger, and secrets. But, it was Nolan my heart went out to. His older brother disappeared and from then on, he became a non-entity in his own home and with his parents. He lost everything when Liam disappeared and not just Liam.
The mystery of the signals was sensational. I loved how the author had me totally guessing what we were dealing with there. Extra-terrestrial? Paranormal? Ordinary mystery? I kept bouncing around with my guesses as twists unveiled more.
YA Warnings: mild language, moderate violence
Come Find Me had two narrators with Michael Crouch taking Nolan’s part and Jorjeana Marie narrating Kennedy. I thought they were both fabulous narrators and this story came alive and was taunt with suspense and emotion because of their work. Their voices were a tad too mature for the teens, but I didn’t mind, and would definitely rather that than trying too hard and distracting me. They certainly caught the tone and voiced the whole cast of characters well.
All in all, this was an incredible listen and I would recommend it to YA and adults alike who enjoy sci-fi thrillers.
My thanks to Listening Library for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.
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