29 January 2019

ARC Review: Come Find Me by Megan Miranda

Come Find Me by Megan Miranda
Publisher: Crown Books For Young Readers
Release Date: January 29, 2019
Book Format: ARC
# of Pages: 336
Synopsis: After surviving an infamous family tragedy, sixteen-year-old Kennedy Jones has made it her mission to keep her brother's search through the cosmos alive. But then something disturbs the frequency on his radio telescope--a pattern registering where no signal should transmit.

In a neighboring county, seventeen-year-old Nolan Chandler is determined to find out what really happened to his brother, who disappeared the day after Nolan had an eerie premonition. There hasn't been a single lead for two years, until Nolan picks up an odd signal--a pattern coming from his brother's bedroom.

Drawn together by these strange signals--and their family tragedies--Kennedy and Nolan search for the origin of the mysterious frequency. But the more they uncover, the more they believe that everything's connected--even their pasts--as it appears the signal is meant for them alone, sharing a message that only they can understand. Is something coming for them? Or is the frequency warning them about something that's already here?

My Thoughts 
Megan Miranda is one of my all time favorite writers. I have been reading her since her first young adult debut a few years back. Come Find Me happens to be her newest young adult release.

The book is a little confusing in the beginning being that it switches back and forth between two characters, Kennedy and Nolan. We’re unsure of what happened to Kennedy and her family and why she no longer lives in her family home but instead with who we assume is her uncle Joe in a tiny apartment. But Nolan on the other hand reveals his background early in which we find out his older brother Liam had gone missing two years back and they had yet to find him alive or any evidence of his death.

Since his brothers disappearance Nolans parents have made it their mission to bring justice to all missing children. He does his best to steer clear of this organization and stays true to finding his brother no matter what it takes. Kennedy on the other hand is determined to not let Joe sell her family home either because its her home or because it is her last tie to her brothers work and what really happened in that house 6 months ago.

As usual with books that alternate between character these two end up coming together in a stranger but interesting way and thus their stories begin to intertwine in ways they probably could have never imagined. Together they begin their quest to not only decode a message that will lead them to figure out not only what truly happened in Kennedy’s house but also what happened to Nolan’s brother.

Many young adult novels include a lot of instalove which in some situations is desirable but here given everything at stake and what these two were trying to do together, the instalove would have just gotten in the way. Come Find Me, had the perfect amount of character bonding that didn’t get in the way of the rest of the story line. As a reader I was able to really sink myself into the story and not have to worry about any relationship issues which made for a great mystery/thriller.

Something that Megan Miranda is phenomenal at is flashbacks. Almost all of her novels include some kind of character flashback to give the reader background on the current character and or situation. This kind of writing can be hard because it is super easy to get confused between the past and the present, but Miranda has managed to successfully give her readers background knowledge without leaving us confused.

Not only does Miranda provide her quality content in young adult books but she also plays her hand in adult fiction as well which more than impresses me. I can’t wait to get my hands on her other works. 

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