I can't get too worked up about this book. It's not great, and it's not the worst thing I have read, it's just there. There's not a lot of backstory to anything, and we focus too much on Sera and her kiss and hiding out from Lucas in this book.
You maybe have a crazed maniac after you trying to murder you all, but hey keep obsessing over how you may be like your mother cause you like a guy like Lucas. I kept hoping she was going to get offed. There is very little character development. I am also peeved this book was completed after the 80 percent mark and the rest of the book was chapters from another book. Good thing I didn't buy this, or I would have been seriously ticked.
"One Was Lost" is about a group of teens who go hiking in some remote woods with two of their teachers. Eventually the group is separated from a flooded river and some of them camp on one side (Sera, Lucas, Jude, Emily, and their teacher Mr. Walker) with the other group (Madison, Hayley, and Ms. Brighton). When Sera and her group wakes the next morning, they feel out of it, and find that someone drew on their arms in permanent marker. Sera has the worlds "darling" on her, Lucas has "dangerous", Jude has "deceptive" and Emily has "damaged" on her. The teens can't get Mr. Walker to wake and it seems as if he's been drugged. When Sera and Emily refuse to leave Mr. Walker behind while Lucas and Jude get help, things go from bad to worse.
Sera's annoying. Sorry, not sorry. There is nothing to her. We find out that she is obsessed with not being like her mother. Sera's mother ran off when she was 14 with another man, leaving her and her father behind. When Sera realizes she has caught some feelings for Lucas, she is paranoid about turning into her mom and purposely avoids him after they kiss. When she finds out he is going on the class trip, she is all set to avoid him until the whole slasher in the woods thing happens and she is forced to confront why she acted like a total asshat to him. Seriously though. The whole premise was stupid and Richards goes on about it way too long. You have some maniac who [spoiler alert] maybe skinned your other teacher alive, but hey, keep talking about kissing Lucas on the deck of some friend's house throughout the entire story.
Due to Richards focusing on the wrong things in this story, there's not much there there. Lucas is a jock, or was a jock, but is the bad boy archetype. Jude has a chip on his shoulders due to being black and adopted by two gay men. There seems to be some other stuff there, but I just let that go cause I thought Jude was an asshole too. Emily's entire backstory made no damn sense. Still baffled why that was included. She apparently has good instincts though (apparently not since she didn't figure out who the bad guy was) so that's all that matters.
The writing was okay, but plot holes galore. I had so many questions. How did the bad guy get across the flooded river? How did the bad guy decide who they were going to mark? What if Sera didn't come on the trip since initially she was refusing to go? FYI the whole why behind this was beyond stupid and made zero sense. Maybe if Richards had started with the whole initial missing camper thing and then moved into the present it would have made more sense. Instead I found myself confused for most of this and not really getting where she was going with things.
The flow was awful. Probably because every five seconds you had Sera talking about Lucas, how much she hated him, how much she didn't, their kiss, the times they talked, blech.
Though the foursome don't get along much at times, Richards in the end tries to force a connection that I really didn't buy. I am now wishing I had just found some Richie Tankersley Cusick that could have fit for a book written after 2000.