The Returned

The Returned

The Returned Jacob was time out of sync time perfect than it had been He was life the way it was supposed to be all those years ago That s what all the Returned were Harold and Lucille Hargrave s lives have been

  • Title: The Returned
  • Author: Jason Mott
  • ISBN: 9780778315339
  • Page: 143
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Jacob was time out of sync, time perfect than it had been He was life the way it was supposed to be all those years ago That s what all the Returned were.Harold and Lucille Hargrave s lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966 In their old age they ve settled comfortablyJacob was time out of sync, time perfect than it had been He was life the way it was supposed to be all those years ago That s what all the Returned were.Harold and Lucille Hargrave s lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966 In their old age they ve settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds tempered through the grace of time Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old.All over the world people s loved ones are returning from beyond No one knows how or why this is happening, whether it s a miracle or a sign of the end Not even Harold and Lucille can agree on whether the boy is real or a wondrous imitation, but one thing they know for sure he s their son As chaos erupts around the globe, the newly reunited Hargrave family finds itself at the center of a community on the brink of collapse, forced to navigate a mysterious new reality and a conflict that threatens to unravel the very meaning of what it is to be human.With spare, elegant prose and searing emotional depth, award winning poet Jason Mott explores timeless questions of faith and morality, love and responsibility A spellbinding and stunning debut, The Returned is an unforgettable story that marks the arrival of an important new voice in contemporary fiction.Trailer for the TV series based on the novel can be found at youtube watch v 0e7vp9

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    I am still at a loss for words. It's amazing how the stories of fictional characters can push you to look deep within yourself, encouraging you to find your own answers to the same questions asked. Very rarely do I feel so connected that my heart bursts with emotions so raw and intense, that my soul feels broken but also warm and complete at the same time. Reading this book was a unique and uplifting experience, and I kind of understand why it had a bidding war for film rights. It's that good, f [...]

    This book doesn't just have a sagging middle--it has an enormous beer gut.The set up is intriguing -- what would happen if dead people started returning to earth. Not zombies, but just returning? The book takes that interesting premise and then. Most of the story is told through the Hargraves -- an elderly couple in Mississippi who's son Jacob drowned 50 years ago. Now the 8 year old is back after mysteriously appearing in China. (This weird location problem is something else that is never expla [...]

    There's this line in The Returned that can describe my mood throughout the book.but mostly the soldier only stood-or sometimes even sat- at the barricade, looking either very detached or very bored, depending on the lightning at that particular moment.Depending on the POV at that particular page, I either dozed or just skimmed through the pages. No, not really. It's weird but I can never skim through anything; I just gotta take it ALL in, no matter how constipated* or uninterested I feel. *Yeah, [...]

    For the first time ever, I’m giving a book I DNF three stars. This is not a bad book, it’s well written and on many levels, it’s a fascinating read. But…meh. I guess it’s just not really for me. This book is, at its heart, a character study. The thing is I couldn’t really bring myself to care about the characters. Mostly this is because I have no desire to discover the inner secrets of a preachy elderly woman obsessed with vocabulary and good manners. Nor did I want to spend a couple [...]

    I'm going to attempt to write a review that makes some sense. Forgive me if I go off on a tangent or two. It can't be helped in this case. I almost walked away from this book only a few chapters in. I couldn't handle it. Not because of the writing, because of myself. My mother died 6 and 1/2 years ago. My daughter was 3 at the time, my middle son was 7 months, and I was 5 months pregnant with my other son. She died way too soon and too young, missing her grandchildren growing up. My daughter pre [...]

    "Some folks locked the doors of their hearts when they lost someone. Others kept the doors and the windows open, letting memory and love pass through freely. And maybe that was the way it was supposed to be".The Returned didn't wow me. Hence, 3 stars. It felt short for my expectation. But it doesn't mean that this book is bad. It wasn't. It's just a case of "it's not you, it's me" again. I am looking for an intense attack about the concept of this book that when the author gave me a silent kind [...]

    I received an advance copy this book for free in a GoodReads FirstReads giveaway.I'm slightly torn about this book. The story line idea behind this book is a great idea. Also, I love how the author switched chapters with telling the story from the view of the "True Living" and the "Returned". I also loved the ending with respect to the emotional issues of Jacob's parents. Those are the good things I can say about this book.That being said I never really completely got into the story. The writing [...]

    I liked the idea of this book but in the end the author did not do enough with it. I wanted to be involved with the characters but they were not sufficiently rounded for me to be interested. And to be honest not enough happened. I read it, I quite liked it and then I moved on. Three stars is actually very generous.

    Two and a half stars. When I began this book, I loved it. Loved the thought-provoking premise. Loved the poet-turned-author's delicious use of language. (His passage about Lucille and Harold and her use of the word flippant had me laughing out loud.) I had that deeply-satisfied-with-life feeling that comes from knowing you are reading a great book. Except then I got bored. Harold and Lucille are great characters. I enjoyed their individual quirks and the way they interacted as a long-married cou [...]

    What happens if everyone who ever died returns? How does humanity react? Who or what are these Returned? Are they the same people they were before they died? Are they people? These are interesting questions that are addressed in this novel. Its premise sounded to me like the perfect set up to meditate on death and what happens afterward. But also to show various reactions to something some might call a miracle and others the end of days – and again others might call a scientific oportunity. It [...]

    Where I got the book: passed on to me by a friend. Well, it was offered at a book club meeting and I POUNCED.In his Author's Note, Jason Mott tells us that the genesis of this novel was a dream in which his deceased mother was sitting at the table waiting for him when he got home--as if she'd never been gone--and they simply talked together about what had happened since her death. I too have had dreams where I engage in quite ordinary activities with long-dead relatives, and I welcome them; it's [...]

    One day the previously dead start returning, not as zombies, but exactly as they were when they died. One returnee is 8-year-old Jacob Hargrave, who drowned 30 years before. He shows up in China, and after being processed by the 'Bureau of the Returned' is brought back to his now elderly parents - Lucille and Harold - in Arcadia, Missouri. Though a bit befuddled, the Hargraves take in Jacob and care for him. Another local family, the Collins', all of whom were murdered, also returns to Arcadia a [...]

    This book is being heavily promoted and is now in production for a television series. It is a book that raises so many questions. The dead start appearing, (not a vampire or Zombie in the bunch, thank you Jason Mott) an eight year old boy who drowned at the age of eight, fifty years before is delivered to his now 70 yrs. old parents. The dead are the same age as when they died, at first this is looked on as miraculous but this soon begins to change.It raised many questions for me. I had been ver [...]

    To call this Young Adult will limit the audience, I think. This was fantastic, and so very different from anything else I've read this year. The Returned is a very different book from what I'd usually pick up, but I was intrigued when I read the premise.This book wonderfully explores what would happen if the dead returned to life, and the situations it presents are so real and so believable.This book does have an awful lot of religion in, but it is never, not once, pushed in your face. Christian [...]

    If you have ever lost someone suddenly, unexpectedly, and all those feelings are still fresh and open, then the last few chapters of this book will get to you.I love when poets write prose because the stories they tell are beautiful in both form and subject matter. Poets understand language structure in ways non-poet novelists don't (or can't). They understand the importance of a single turn of phrase or choosing the right word for the right moment to tie the whole story together. Prose is more [...]

    Anyone who goes into Jason Mott's THE RETURNED expecting zombies, or a story typical of that subgenre, will be sorely disappointed. Nor would I call it a horror novel. What's here instead, is a beautifully told drama which just so happens to feature as characters people who've come back from the dead. There are no dodgy sci-fi explanations for this, no peculiarly colored comets or spilled barrels of mysterious chemicals--the dead just come back, and they do so looking exactly the same as the day [...]

    Actual rating, since GR douchily refuses to allow half-stars: 4.5 StarsAt BEA, Harlequin was really pushing The Returned. The publicists were all really excited for it and recommending it highly. While a bit interested, I was also skeptical, because, hey, they're publicists and pimping the more highly marketed titles extra hard comes with the job description. Well, in this case, they were right. The Returned is slow-moving, but elegant, graceful and thought-provoking.The Returned is not going to [...]

    The Returned by Jason Mott has been one of the most anticipated releases of the year. With an intriguing storyline and a tv series rumoured to be starting in the new year that all add up to big news and for the most part it lives up to my expectations.Imagine if a loved one who had died decades before suddenly returns home and is just as they were day they died. This is what happens to Harold and Lucille who have there 8 year old son Jacob reappear in there lives 50 years after his death. In the [...]

    3.5 StarsWhat would you do if a deceased loved one showed up on your doorstep? That is the question that Harold and Lucille have to wrestle with when their 8 year old son shows up looking exactly as he did when he died back in 1966. Is he truly their Jacob or is he possibly a specter? Is he pure and good like the little boy they lost or is he something dark? Is it possible for Harold and Lucille to turn this boy who looks so much like their son away and, if not, how can this couple in the twilig [...]

    What would you do if, one day, you opened your door to find a person standing there who had been deceased for years. Not just any person either, but someone you loved, a child, your mother, your great-grandfather. This would not be some zombie facsimile, no. They would be real, warm, breathing, and alive in a way only the truly living can be. This is the situation that is happening when the story of THE RETURNED opens. Lucille and Harold’s son reappears in their lives just as he was on the day [...]

    One of the many joys of being a GoodReads member is occasionally winning an advance copy of a sought-after new book. So first, I’d like to thank GoodReads FirstReads for the privilege of reading The Returned before the general public.That being said, this is a very hard review to write. How do you review a book that you strongly suspect will be a real winner for a large audience…but you do not feel part of the intended audience? I guess, with candor and honesty.So let’s start with the good [...]

    I really love stories whose premises involve mysterious resurrections and worldwide chaos as the result. This story is not your typical story of the rise of the undead, so if you're expecting horror or zombies, search elsewhere. This story intrigued me from the get-go and I was committed to loving it. But the reality of my reading experience is that I was bored and the pages turned were turned in the fervent hope that something really cool that could explain the return would be there. It never w [...]

    This is the kind of book that grabs you from the first page and can't put down. I read this book in one sitting and think it is truly fabulous.This book is fundamentally about human nature. I don't want to give anything away other than what's on the back cover. An elderly couple open their door one day and find their 8 year old son standing there. Only problem is their son died 50 years ago on his 8th birthday. How they react and how the people around them react is fascinating. Other people who [...]

    I happened to catch the premiere of The Returned on A&E, which prompted me to request the novel. Although I hadn’t watched Resurrection on ABC – which I believe is up in air if the series will be renewed – this series is loosely based on this story. The story begins with a couple in their sixties, Harold and Lucille, and the events that take place when their eight-year old son, who passed away on his birthday in 1966, shows up at their front door escorted by Martin Bellamy, a governmen [...]

    "The Returned" is a debut novel with an excellent and disturbing premise. What if “…all over the world, people’s loved ones are returning from beyond”? It’s a powerful idea with an immense emotional and logistical scope – from the painfully intimate repercussions upon individuals to the frightening global implications for countries and cultures. What a great notion! Regrettably, the magnitude of the premise is part of my problem with the novel.It is a risky decision to constrain the [...]

    Reading the synopsis of The Returned, you could be tempted to call this a zombie novel. After all, people returning from the dead are the essence of zombies, but even if there is that similarity, The Returned is definitely not what I would call a zombie story - and I'm completely OK with that.Instead, The Returned is more of a study of humanity - biases and bigotry, but also love, memory and connection. The central characters, Harold and Lucille, aren't easy to get to know, but they are intensel [...]

    I didn’t see the TV mini series of The Returned - I believe it was called Resurrection - but I had seen numerous ads, so I had a general idea of what I was in for. It starts off exactly how I remembered from the ads. 8-year-old Jacob Hargraves, died over 30+years ago, returns to his now elderly parents with a government official; alive and well, no change to his appearance, age or manner from when he died. But Jacob is not the only person this has happening too. All over the world, dead people [...]

    Though the premise seemed a little derivative of Tom Perrotta's The Leftovers, Jason Mott's The Returned had the potential to much more entertaining. The novel certainly delivers a creepy, imaginative scenario, though I couldn't get over the feeling that this mostly served as a bare-bones template for something greater. (As it turns out, it served as the source material for ABC's series "Resurrection").Where Perrotta imagines a world subjected to the effects of a Rapture-like event removing folk [...]

    Some years ago I watched and sort of liked a tv show based on this book. Not so much that I continue watching it and at any rate it only lasted two seasons, but I did want to see what happened and so I thought I'd check out the book. Funny thing is that you don't actually find out, not in the way I was after. Mott took an extraordinary event of the dead randomly coming back to life (and being treated with acceptance, kindness and understanding the world in general and small towns in particular a [...]

    all offence but is this fucking plagarised from Les Revenants??????????????????????????? honestly i thought The Americans* were bad enough with their fast and furious 17713 or whatever the fuck number we're on, and now authors and TV companies are LITERALLY PLAGARISING other TV series??? come the fuck on. you can't convince me this is a coincidence, it even has the same fucking name. there's a difference between gaining inspiration from something and full on copying the storylineybe this is well [...]

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