A few weeks ago I was browsing through the horror section of a local used book store. Near the many Stephen King books I saw this book by Orson Scott Card. Card is a very conservative Mormon who is very anti-gay. I disagree with him on many, many social issues. His books, however, I’ve enjoyed. I’ve previously read many of the Ender’s Game series science fiction books and loved them. I thought, hey, let’s buy Lost Boys for $1, it will be good. NOPE!
Please don’t read this book. Okay, go ahead, but I warned you. The book has 528 pages and the back cover teases an interesting story of a family haunted by several other boys killed by some serial killer. Okay, sounds interesting. Very little develops in the first 420 so pages. There’s a few odd/crazy characters introduced, but a majority of the book is a discussion of the family’s Mormon life. In a way it was interesting to read how silly the Mormon religion is, but what a very misleading back cover. The last 100 pages get a tad more exciting, but by that time I just wanted the damn book to end! It gave me a smile when the dad and mom in the book even say that other religions are wrong! LOL! This coming from the religion that has golden tablets, a seer stone, and magic underwear, not to mention polygamy. None of this was, of course, mentioned by Card.
Setting religion aside, this was a horrible book because it took so long to develop the story. I won’t give it a 1 star, however, as I did manage to finish the book. 🙂 I give it a 2 out of 5 stars.