Sent: The Missing
In this sequel to Found, four 21st-century teens find themselves transported to the 15th century. Two of the boys, Chip and Alex, discover that they are actually the famous “little princes,” Edward V of England and Richard, Duke of York. The little princes were locked in the Tower of London, and history does not know what became of them. In Found, the first novel of the series, the princes were “rescued” by time travelers to be adopted by parents in the distant future. In Sent, Chip and Alex, with the help of Jonah and Katherine, must “fix” the history that the earlier time travelers corrupted. To do this, Chip and Alex must take on their roles as the princes of England up until the time when nobody knows what happened to them. There is a small window of opportunity between when Jonah and Katherine can save them and when they will be killed.
Haddix is a master of the young adult novel, and Sent is another of her thoughtful thrillers. With its compelling storyline and realistic teenage characters, Sent will keep readers on the edges of their seats while forcing them to think through the way history is written. The 15th century comes to life with the novel attraction that it is seen, in all its dirty, smelly, violent glory, through the eyes of modern teens.
This reader eagerly awaits the next installment in The Missing series.
In Found, Sent‘s prequel, Jonah, Katherine, and Chip discover that time travel is real. Jonah and Chip are kidnapped by evil time travelers from the future to be sold as famous adopted children from the past. Something goes wrong and about fifty kidnapped children are stranded in the 21st century. When a time agent tries to return Chip and another boy, Alex, to their actual time period, Jonah and Katherine grab Chip’s arm, and are sent into the past with him. That is where Found ends and Sent begins.
Chip is really Edward the Fifth, King of England and France, and Alex is really Prince Richard. They are being held in the Tower of London by their evil uncle, Richard the Third, who wants the throne for himself. Can Katherine and Jonah save Chip and Alex and bring them back to the future? Or, will Chip and Alex be trapped in the 15th century for their whole lives? Also, if Jonah and Katherine make things happen differently than they happened in real history, they could release a time wave that would change things in the future, like Katherine and Jonah not even being born!
Sent is a great book with unexpected twists and turns and excitement the whole way through. Sometimes I read good books with great beginnings and great endings, but they drag a bit in the middle. Sent is not one of those books.
I preferred the way time travel was handled in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox without the possibility of time waves. In those stories, if you go back in time and do something, it doesn’t change anything because you already went back and did it. Although Haddix’s time wave theory is cool, I prefer the “I already did it” theory. Still, the idea of time travel is fascinating and makes for a good story.