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A mystery about a girl who sets out to find her missing best friend--and discovers her small town is hiding a dark, centuries-old secret. Jovie is adrift. She'd been feeling alone ever since her best friend, Micah, left her behind for a new group of friends--but when Micah went missing last fall, Jovie felt truly lost. Now, months later, the search parties have been called o A mystery about a girl who sets out to find her missing best friend--and discovers her small town is hiding a dark, centuries-old secret. Jovie is adrift. She'd been feeling alone ever since her best friend, Micah, left her behind for a new group of friends--but when Micah went missing last fall, Jovie felt truly lost. Now, months later, the search parties have been called off, and the news alerts have dried up. There's only Jovie, biking around Far Haven, Washington, putting up posters with Micah's face on them, feeling like she's the only one who remembers her friend at all. This feeling may be far closer to the truth than Jovie knows. As strange storms beset Far Haven, she is shocked to discover that Micah isn't just missing--she's been forgotten completely by everyone in town. And Micah isn't the only one: there are others, roaming the beaches, camped in the old bunkers, who have somehow been lost from the world. When Jovie and her new friend Sylvan dig deeper, they learn that the town's history is far stranger and more deadly than anyone knows. Something disastrous is heading for Far Haven, and Jovie and Sylvan soon realize that it is up to them to save not only Micah, but everyone else who has been lost to the world and set adrift--now, in the past, and in the future.


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A mystery about a girl who sets out to find her missing best friend--and discovers her small town is hiding a dark, centuries-old secret. Jovie is adrift. She'd been feeling alone ever since her best friend, Micah, left her behind for a new group of friends--but when Micah went missing last fall, Jovie felt truly lost. Now, months later, the search parties have been called o A mystery about a girl who sets out to find her missing best friend--and discovers her small town is hiding a dark, centuries-old secret. Jovie is adrift. She'd been feeling alone ever since her best friend, Micah, left her behind for a new group of friends--but when Micah went missing last fall, Jovie felt truly lost. Now, months later, the search parties have been called off, and the news alerts have dried up. There's only Jovie, biking around Far Haven, Washington, putting up posters with Micah's face on them, feeling like she's the only one who remembers her friend at all. This feeling may be far closer to the truth than Jovie knows. As strange storms beset Far Haven, she is shocked to discover that Micah isn't just missing--she's been forgotten completely by everyone in town. And Micah isn't the only one: there are others, roaming the beaches, camped in the old bunkers, who have somehow been lost from the world. When Jovie and her new friend Sylvan dig deeper, they learn that the town's history is far stranger and more deadly than anyone knows. Something disastrous is heading for Far Haven, and Jovie and Sylvan soon realize that it is up to them to save not only Micah, but everyone else who has been lost to the world and set adrift--now, in the past, and in the future.

52 review for Drifters

  1. 5 out of 5

    Christi M

    RTC

  2. 5 out of 5

    Belles Middle Grade Library

    This was such an epic, & thrilling sci-fi mystery. I absolutely fell in love with everything about this. This is also a story with relatable issues at its core. Issues many kids will relate to, & understand. Like friendships changing & drifting apart, not feeling seen/heard, not belonging, feeling invisible, not feeling a connection to anything. The way the author weaves all of those issues into this INCREDIBLE sci-fi mystery, & have it all come together the way it did-mind blown. BRILLIANT! We This was such an epic, & thrilling sci-fi mystery. I absolutely fell in love with everything about this. This is also a story with relatable issues at its core. Issues many kids will relate to, & understand. Like friendships changing & drifting apart, not feeling seen/heard, not belonging, feeling invisible, not feeling a connection to anything. The way the author weaves all of those issues into this INCREDIBLE sci-fi mystery, & have it all come together the way it did-mind blown. BRILLIANT! We start current time(& come back to this point occasionally, until we are all caught up on events & the story moves forward), & then the chapters go to 2018 & those events leading up to where we are now. And each of those chapters has a countdown showing how long to “breach”. Then occasionally, there will be an “Interlude” part, written up like a document/case file(or even a teleplay about 1 event in one case)discussing an event that has happened before. I don’t even know how the author had the brain capacity to WRITE this, because I’m having trouble even trying to DESCRIBE it, & express how amazing it is lol. Everything he has created is so imaginative, detailed, vivid, mysterious, emotional, & thought provoking even-the correlation between becoming a “drifter”, to feeling invisible..like no one sees you, you have no connections..makes you think. Everything from the drifters, the gradient, the Bathhouse & THAT whole story & those people, the blue suit, the bracelet, the spyglass, the town itself, the forgetting, 1 characters journal & their story, & so much more are just some of the incredible ingredients to this deliciously mysterious story. Another great message is taking choices away from others, because you think you’re doing them a kindness. But not telling people the truth, taking away their ability to choose for themselves is unfair. Another great lesson-don’t let appearances fool you. Nobodies life is perfect. The happiest looking people can be the most broken inside. Never assume someone has it all together, so they don’t need support or help. Everyone needs it sometimes. This won’t matter to some but-THERE IS A NIRVANA UNPLUGGED REFERENCE!! When I tell you, my grungy 90s loving heart loved that-LOVED. Lol Loved how it all came together, & it completely blew me away. I had no idea how this was going to go, couldn’t guess anything that would happen. EPIC! The characters are incredible. Sylvan has my heart. What a great friend, who shows the true meaning of not only friendship, but bravery. I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend this. I want to read everything this author ever writes now lol STUNNING cover by James Firnhaber as well!💜

  3. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    A massively epic middle grade sci-fi that ponders bigger questions about humanity and belonging within a plot centers around the strange and potentially deadly mystery that has people forgetting loved ones that have gone missing. Jovie feels very alone as she seems to be the only one that remembers, Micah. Getting to the bottom of the mystery that has taken her best friend, and seems to be sucking the life out of her small town, becomes the most important thing in her life. Who is responsible fo A massively epic middle grade sci-fi that ponders bigger questions about humanity and belonging within a plot centers around the strange and potentially deadly mystery that has people forgetting loved ones that have gone missing. Jovie feels very alone as she seems to be the only one that remembers, Micah. Getting to the bottom of the mystery that has taken her best friend, and seems to be sucking the life out of her small town, becomes the most important thing in her life. Who is responsible for the disappearance of Micah? Is she alive? Who can she trust? These all become important questions that she needs to figure out. This is a long book, but I love the ambitious nature of Emerson's writing including the links to some of his earlier books and references to X-Files. The publisher makes the comparison to Stranger Things and I think the kids from that universe would have fit in with Emerson's characters as well. 4.5 stars

  4. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte

    I did not mean to stay up till 11:30 finishing this book, but there I was. Though it is very long, it did not feel that way. Fascinating premise and interesting characters.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Eule Luftschloss

    trigger warning (view spoiler)[ child disappearance, trauma, grief, memory loss (hide spoiler)] Months after her best friend's disappearance, Jovie seems to be the only the person who remembers Micah. Is this tied to the mysterious company that claims to clean up a years old nuclear tragedy? Part of this novel is told in transcripts from interview, but those make up a small portion of the book and not a sizeable chunk, so if you're not into that, I can promise that you can ignore it. It starts off trigger warning (view spoiler)[ child disappearance, trauma, grief, memory loss (hide spoiler)] Months after her best friend's disappearance, Jovie seems to be the only the person who remembers Micah. Is this tied to the mysterious company that claims to clean up a years old nuclear tragedy? Part of this novel is told in transcripts from interview, but those make up a small portion of the book and not a sizeable chunk, so if you're not into that, I can promise that you can ignore it. It starts off with a series of mysterious things happening, that at first seem entirely random. Of course, further investigation shows that they are connected. For the most part, this was fine. Okay. What rubbed me the wrong way was the epilogue that is set years after. (view spoiler)[ Our group of friends try to save drifters who throw themselves into the sea from the urge to connect with the portal. They save a young woman, who is then ignored while the characters banter and the author tells you look! look at them! they're fine! they've grown! look how awesome they are! It didn't even feel like the author forgot there is a drenched person sitting on the beach, he just didn't care because he was so busy showing you stuff he felt you needed to know. Felt very forcibly added and I did not care for it at all. (hide spoiler)] Apparently, this is part of a bigger series but I have no intention of going that road. Would only recommend this is you are badly in the mood for conspiracy theories and weird interdimensional things going on, and this is the easiest way to scratch that itch. The arc was provided by the publisher.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tales Untangled

    Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of Drifters. I was so surprised when the opening is set so far in the past. But after it jumped to the next chapter, I was so intrigued to see how it all fit together. Drifters has that Stranger Things vibe and focuses on friendship. However, it has an entire different premise and solution. Honestly, I just loved everything from beginning to end. I love how there's a correlation between being adrift or becoming a drifter and loneliness. How often do kids feel like Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of Drifters. I was so surprised when the opening is set so far in the past. But after it jumped to the next chapter, I was so intrigued to see how it all fit together. Drifters has that Stranger Things vibe and focuses on friendship. However, it has an entire different premise and solution. Honestly, I just loved everything from beginning to end. I love how there's a correlation between being adrift or becoming a drifter and loneliness. How often do kids feel like they're not seen or heard? This theme will strike a chord with readers. We see how family and friends are so important as well as how we're all connected in a community. I also love a book with mysteries or secrets to unravel—and this story is full of them. I wondered what is Sylvan holding back. Where is Jovie? Are she and Micah alive or dead? What the heck is in that light? The mysteries unfolded in such a way to feel satisfying that I was getting some answers along the way but with other twists that made sense in hindsight. A couple of times characters take the Lord's name in vain but this book is pretty clean for language. There are no sexual innuendoes either. I highly recommend this book! It's perfect for middle-grade and up.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Patti Barker

    Usually long books intimidate me, especially books this long (almost 600 pages)! And I am not a huge fan of sci-fi/fantasy but after reading Last Days on Mars last year, I knew I had to read this one. Thanks to Kevin Emerson and Waldon Pond Press for sharing it with BookPosse on Twitter, I got my hands on an ARC and started it last week. It honestly held my attention from start to finish. The premise (without too many spoilers) is that Jovie's best friend Micah has gone missing and everyone seem Usually long books intimidate me, especially books this long (almost 600 pages)! And I am not a huge fan of sci-fi/fantasy but after reading Last Days on Mars last year, I knew I had to read this one. Thanks to Kevin Emerson and Waldon Pond Press for sharing it with BookPosse on Twitter, I got my hands on an ARC and started it last week. It honestly held my attention from start to finish. The premise (without too many spoilers) is that Jovie's best friend Micah has gone missing and everyone seems to have forgotten she even existed. Jovie is struggling with her own issues (mainly her parents divorce) but she continues to post flyers around town hoping they will lead to some answers as to where Micah is. When a mysterious spyglass is left in her backpack, Jovie discovers it can be used to "see" drifters or forgotten people who are trying to leave this world for good through a portal that only opens during intense storms. Along the way Jovie befriends Sylvan and Max who help her try and solve the mystery of the gradient portal which could lead to them finding Micah. Definitely a great story full of twists and turns!

  8. 5 out of 5

    ElectricVaps

    I feel a bit bad giving this only a 2/5. I really wanted to like this book, love it even, but I think that was my downfall with this book. I expected it to be this AWESOME and AMAZING 500+ page saga, and it's not — my interest and love for the characters slowly dwindled as the book went on. (view spoiler)[I was already not too on board with the first chapter being set in 2022 while most of the book being set in 2018, with it already being revealed that Jovie has been missing for 4 years, kind o I feel a bit bad giving this only a 2/5. I really wanted to like this book, love it even, but I think that was my downfall with this book. I expected it to be this AWESOME and AMAZING 500+ page saga, and it's not — my interest and love for the characters slowly dwindled as the book went on. (view spoiler)[I was already not too on board with the first chapter being set in 2022 while most of the book being set in 2018, with it already being revealed that Jovie has been missing for 4 years, kind of killed a bit of enjoyment knowing that Jovie would become missing at the end, even if she was only missing for a bit in her time. Also, did everyone seriously think that it wasn't weird that the girls would've looked as they were when they went missing, 4 years before? I get that the reconciliation happened off-screen, but it bothered me way more than it should.. (hide spoiler)]

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Rose

    Drifters is a complex and interesting science fiction novel. Very much the vibes of Gravity Falls and Stranger Things with a small town, conspiracies, and maybe some horror aspects. I didn't love it as much as the Dark Star Chronicles, but I still liked the atmosphere and the science fiction elements. Drifters is a complex and interesting science fiction novel. Very much the vibes of Gravity Falls and Stranger Things with a small town, conspiracies, and maybe some horror aspects. I didn't love it as much as the Dark Star Chronicles, but I still liked the atmosphere and the science fiction elements.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Candice

    Fantastic middle grade science fiction. Jovie and Micah are best friends that live in Far Haven. When Micah disappears after they’ve been estranged she doesn’t understand why no one seems to remember her. She’s determined to figure out what happened, and then other odd things begin happening. It’s a wonderful novel about a friendship that spans across universes.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Glenn Stenquist

    Will keep you reading

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This was my most anticipated release of 2022 and oh! my! god! Easily on my favorites list of 2022. No, I don't care that it's only May, it's on there, for sure. This was my most anticipated release of 2022 and oh! my! god! Easily on my favorites list of 2022. No, I don't care that it's only May, it's on there, for sure.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    I struggled a bit getting through the prologue, but once I got past that it was smooth sailing.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    Kevin Emerson has done it again! I am a huge fan of the chronicle of the dark star books and the way that he seamlessly incorporates a science fiction story line and brings it home to real issues kids/tweens are facing. The description of Jovie and her initial thoughts about why Micah and her drifted apart were on point, I think every kid faces that at some point in their tween life. I loved the descriptions of the drifters and every time Jovie looked into the spyglass it felt like I was looking Kevin Emerson has done it again! I am a huge fan of the chronicle of the dark star books and the way that he seamlessly incorporates a science fiction story line and brings it home to real issues kids/tweens are facing. The description of Jovie and her initial thoughts about why Micah and her drifted apart were on point, I think every kid faces that at some point in their tween life. I loved the descriptions of the drifters and every time Jovie looked into the spyglass it felt like I was looking into it too. Amazing world building right there. The way this story encapsulated many many years in a simple way speaks to the talent of Kevin Emerson and his ability to write about complex ideas in such a simple yet entertaining way. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and I think any kid could find something to appreciate and love about Drifters! Kudos! And thank you to the publisher for letting me review an e-ARC, it was wonderful!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Maria

  17. 5 out of 5

    Monte

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jasontes5th

  19. 5 out of 5

    Joan

  20. 5 out of 5

    Duncan

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lira

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mark

  23. 5 out of 5

    Leanne C

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kellee Moye

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sandee Ferman

  26. 5 out of 5

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  27. 4 out of 5

    Jacques_za

  28. 4 out of 5

    Holly

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dayttn

  30. 4 out of 5

    Meg GlitteryOtters

  31. 4 out of 5

    Anita McDivitt Barrios

  32. 5 out of 5

    Hermione

  33. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Ginder

  34. 4 out of 5

    Vee_Bookish

  35. 4 out of 5

    Gina Adams

  36. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

  37. 4 out of 5

    Jillian (Peapod Historical Bookery)

  38. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Hammelef

  39. 4 out of 5

    Karen Jones

  40. 5 out of 5

    Connie Wilson

  41. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

  42. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Phung

  43. 5 out of 5

    Gracie Baker

  44. 5 out of 5

    Micielle

  45. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Adams

  46. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Hughes

  47. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

  48. 5 out of 5

    Ann Ellis

  49. 5 out of 5

    crystal

  50. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  51. 5 out of 5

    Aileen

  52. 5 out of 5

    Lydia Wallace

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