Summary:A plane arrives at an airport seemingly out of nowhere. It appears at a gate unannounced and unnoticed by airport personnel. Gate attendant Angela DuPre boards the plane and finds no flight attendants, no pilot, no passengers. Except for thirty-six infants.
Thirteen years later in Ohio, best friends Jonah and Chip receive ominous messages declaring that they are among “the missing” and that someone is coming to find them. Frightened but intrigued, the friends search for their real identities with the help of Katherine, Jonah’s sister. Their search leads them to uncover a vast conspiracy and a discovery that stretches beyond their imaginations.
Margaret Peterson Haddix’s Among the Hidden series is one of my favorite dystopian series because of how utterly thought provoking and eerily plausible it is; so I was curious to see what she was able to do with Found. And she certainly didn’t disappoint.
It wasn’t there. Then it was.
It’s Angela DuPre’s first day on the job working for an airline, and she’s determined not to screw it up. But, of course, that’s not possible. Her entire life turns upside down when she sees an unscheduled and unannounced jet arrive that appears as if to come out of thin air. Curious, she goes to check on it; but she soon finds there’s no one in the plane. No pilot, no flight attendants, no passengers…nobody, except for thirty-six infants.
Thirteen years later, Jonah and his best friend Chip begin receiving threatening messages, the most ominous of which claims they are one of “the missing.” In a search for their identities, they become wrapped up in a conspiracy that they would have never dreamed possible.
Haddix’s new series begins with a huge bang. Within the 400 pages of this book, there is nearly no room to breathe. This is jam-packed with action, twists, suspense and mystery; all with a sinister undertone that when the next gigantic twist will be revealed.
From the cautious Jonah, to the easygoing Chip, to Katherine, each character had ample development. Haddix’s characters feel eerily real and raw, and you can’t help but feel connected to them.
Something that stands out in Haddix’s novel is her use of family relationships and friendships. The relationship between Jonah, his sister Katherine, and their parents is written in a way that is realistic and that allows you to root for them. Jonah’s parents are involved in the book in a way that is realistic (no absent parent syndrome here!), and the dynamics between Jonah and Katherine feel wholly realistic. Additionally, Jonah’s relationship with his best friend Chip is one that I really liked. Chip and Jonah’s friendship is positive and realistic at the same time, a realisticness that is much less common than it should be in young adult literature.
The concept of Found alone has the thrill and the suspense of a Twilight Zone episode, and the execution is just as good.
Filled with twists and turns at every corner, and with an extremely suspenseful atmosphere, Found goes to prove what a strong writer Haddix is.