Throwback Thursday Review: The Returned – 2 Stars


Welcome to yet another new feature on my blog, there might be one or two more to come that I am working on.  I mentioned when I started this blog that I have been reviewing books on Goodreads for over 2 years and have made over 220 some reviews.  I thought it might be fun to go back and reminisce about books I’ve read awhile ago and share the reviews with you.  Feel free to join in and post your own Throwback Thursday Review on your blog and tell us about it in the comments with a link to your post!  (It would also be great if you could post a link back sharing where you got the idea)

For my first Throwback Thursday Review I picked: The Returned by Jason Mott, read from 9/12-16/2013

Check out the book’s description on GoodReads.

I thought this was appropriate with the TV show, The Returned, that is now based upon the book.

As someone who lost her mother tragically when I was 12 years old and often daydreamed of getting a chance to have her returned to me, even if it was for a short while, I had high expectations for this book. I did like it, but I just felt like something was missing, I was looking for a deeper connection to these characters and it just never developed. It seemed that the focus of this book was more on the society’s downward spiral than the emotional drama and closure of returned loved ones. About half of this book had trouble keeping my attention as it skipped back and forth between different character’s POV as the world was quickly spiraling into chaos orchestrated by an out of control government trying to deal with this problem of the returned and using it to take away everyone’s civil rights. We never really get a good explanation of why this is all happening, perhaps that is to come in future books, however I don’t think I am invested enough in this story to continue on and find out. I did start this story in tears and I ended that way as well, there was just a whole lot in the middle that left me wanting…


Apparently I didn’t like it that much.  If I remember right it wasn’t what I was expecting.  I think the TV show will have an easier time delving into the relationships that I wanted from the book.  I will not be watching the show.  I started it last Sunday and it was different enough from the book that I didn’t feel like investing the time away from my reading to watch it.  Those darn commercials though still bring me to tears…


Have you read this book?  Have you seen the show?  Disagree or agree with me?  Leave a comment below and share your thoughts!


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