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4.0 out of 5 stars The Returned, 28 July 2014
This review is from: The Returned (Paperback)
“What if the end was only just the beginning”

There is another of the new sci-fi series that is currently being played on tv, as “Resurrection”, and starring Kurtwood Smith, Frances Fisher, Matt Craven and Omar Epps. The tv series Resurrection is based on this book (first published in 2013), and as I am thoroughly enjoying the series on tv, I thought I would read the inspiration for the series as well. (This is all not to be confused with a similarly named French series from some years ago, called The Returned, or Les Revenants, which also has a similar theme – all very confusing.)

This novel takes the same premise as the tv series, where people Return; people who have died, some recently, some many years ago come back – seemingly just the same as when they were last alive – the same age, the same people in all respects. But are they? The book takes a similar stance to the tv series in focusing a lot of the time on one family; that of Harold and Lucille, whose son Jacob drowned decades earlier. When he returns as an eight year old boy, they don’t know how to take it. The impact on their family, and the wider community of their small American town Arcadia, and ultimately on the rest of the world as other Returned come back all over the globe, is the focus of the story.

The book moves in chapters focusing on the township of Arcadia, with small interludes after each chapter featuring all sorts of other Returned, glimpses of their lives as Returned and the way they are received over the world. For the reader, this offers a far greater idea of the impact outside the small US town of Arcadia, where we are given the shifts in peoples’ lives on a much smaller scale, as they cope with their own Returned. In the meantime, the specially created Bureau is trying to deal with the situation as well, but when nobody even knows if what they are witnessing can be classified as religious or scientific, and nobody knows how long it will last or how many will Return, how can they begin to deal with this humanitarian issue the likes of which has never been seen before?

I have been enjoying the tv series which has been based on this book (which has taken quite a few different turns on the road of its narrative), which is enthralling viewing. This book is also a great read; I found it thought-provoking and charming, tragic and haunting, as well as slightly troubling and concerning – how would we react if this did happen – a very human story in many ways.

(There are also three new very short prequels to The Returned (The First, The Sparrow and The Choice) which are available now too as audio downloads or Kindle downloads.)
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Initial post: 29 Jul 2014 01:47:28 BDT
Not going to crack any jokes about this authors surname lol.

A cracking review KR, full of detail & very insightful to buyers.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jul 2014 01:49:17 BDT
Keen Reader says:
No, we better not ... **Hoople** ... :-)
Thanks timelord007! Really appreciate your kind words.
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