Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Book Review: Wake Up Missing by Kate Messner

Wake Up Missing 
Author: Kate Messner
Publication: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; Reprint edition (September 23, 2014)

Description: Einstein, Edison, DaVinci, Oppenheimer, Curie. The greatest minds in science are about to be illegally recreated―and Cat Grayson must stop it. After suffering a concussion, Cat is attending I-CAN, a groundbreaking facility that promises to cure her of constant headaches and lost memory. But I-CAN is state-of-the-art in its technology and its secrets, with a plan to implant DNA from great scientists into modern kids and use them to create a super-weapon. When Cat and her fellow patients discover the truth, they're in serious danger and must make a daring escape through the Everglades to expose the secrets of I-CAN and save its subjects from losing themselves forever. This fascinating adventure is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats.

My Thoughts: This exciting adventure story takes it inspiration from genetic research. Cat is twelve and is suffering from Post-Concussion Syndrome after falling from a tree while birding. She suffers from uncertain balance, holes in her memory, severe headaches, and personality changes. When her parents learn about I-CAN -- the International Center for Advanced Neurology -- based in the Florida Everglades, they are eager for Cat to be treated there.

But the center is strange. There are only six patients who all all middle school age and and who all have concussions affecting the same portion of the brain. Cat overhears some things that make her think that something strange is going on but her memory issues make it hard to remember what she heard. Sarah, another patient, is suspicious, too. She had befriended a patient named Trenton who has had a major personality change after entering Stage Three of the treatment program. After sneaking into the head doctor's computer and discovering even more incriminating information, Cat convinces the other three kids who are mobile to try to get away.

Trying to get through the swamp with alligators and snakes would be hard enough but add in drug runners, wildlife poachers, and the head doctor who doesn't want his experiments disrupted and the kids are in way over their heads. Did I mention that wildfires are raging or that the doctor may be doing his experiments at the direction of a US Senator who is interested in creating a new weapon?

I liked the relationships that grew between the kids as they tried to find out what was going on at I-CAN and while they were trying to escape. I liked their desperation as they tried to find someone they could trust to help them.

Fans of adventure won't want to miss this exciting story.

Favorite Quote:
"Miracle Clinic in the Swamp," the headline called it, and a miracle was what I needed.

I believed it, too. I thought if I went to I-CAN, I'd wake up found.

And all the missing parts of me -- lost balance, scattered memories -- would snap back into place like the jigsaw pieces Mom pulled out from under the wicker sofa. She blew the dust off and placed them into the holes in our carnival scene, one by one, until the last piece patched an empty gap in the sky. And then it was whole.

That was what I wanted. To be whole again. 
I got this ARC Sept. 10, 2013. You can buy your copy here.

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