Released: May 29, 2011
Source: Teen Book Scene + Author in exchange for honest review and blog tour
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They've been waiting for decades.
Hidden deep in the Amazon.
Financed by thousands.
A colony called Founder.
And one girl is about to unravel it all.
Founder is loosely based on a true event and is suitable for ages 14 and up. Contains mature themes, but no strong language or sexual content.2011
I can say without a doubt that Founder is a story truly unique to anything that I have read up until now. I don't think I've ever been so incredibly confused and intrigued at the same time either. Founder is also inspired on a true event which makes it all that more intriguing.
It's hard to talk about Founder without spoiling the book. At first, the vagueness of the synopsis worried me slightly (I know, I know. You think I'd learn to quit doing that!) worried me but I quickly realized that this story could be so easily spoiled whether it be in small chunks or in whole, that I don't want to go against the grain and spoil it for you with an overly detailed review on the plot.
The different points of view in Founder really help truly makes it what it is. Seeing this story from both sides really is necessary for you to feel the full impact. If we took away one of the points of view then the story, while still maintaining some of the same structure would be totally different and I'm not so sure it would hold the magic (don't read that literally!) that this story held.
The unique story line of Founder like I mentioned is nothing like anything I have read before. It just wasn't different though. The story really brought many situations to the reader. On one we have a reality that we are more or less all accustomed to then we have the reality of a colony of characters that even though I couldn't ever begin to imagine living how they did L.M Long did an incredible job of making them people I could somehow relate to. You had two sides of the spectrum and you could associate yourself with both sides, it was slightly daunting (and crazy!) but I found myself completely appreciative that I could feel this story from both ends.
I do have to say though, if you think you have an idea of what this book entails, erase that thought and open yourself up to something that you may not have ever expected. When I first picked up this book I expected a book of one of those tribes that you see on the history or discovery type of channels. You know, the ones who live completely cut off from the world, living off of the earth, and are pretty much a complete mystery to us all? Yeah, it isn't that but I won't tell you much more than that.
Unique, unpredictable and vivid, Founder is definitely a book worth a read.
Good news for those who find themselves enjoying Founder, book two comes out in November 2011 and is called Heritage.