Sabotaged

Proceed with caution if you haven’t read the first two books in Margaret Peterson Haddix’s The Missing series.  (Of course, given how confused I was through most of the third book, I don’t know that reading the first two books really helped all that much.)  On with the show…

I may have mentioned before that the thought of time travel really messes with my head.  Too many “what if” situations pop up, and I feel like my brain will explode trying to unravel all of the possibilities.  I even had issues with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban because Hermione used a time-turner to take more classes.  The potential for catastrophe was huge, and I can’t handle that kind of stress.  Well, as you may imagine, my latest read has my head spinning.  Sabotaged is the third book in Margaret Peterson Haddix’s The Missing series, and it is just as confusing, if not more, than the second book, Sent.  I honestly don’t know if I’ll stick with this series simply because my brain cannot take that kind of pressure.  (That’s probably not true, by the way.  Those that know me realize that I have to finish a series once I’ve started.  I need closure.)

In Sabotaged, Jonah and his sister, Katherine, are once again trying to fix time.  This go-round, they’re attempting to help Andrea, one of the missing children from history, get back to her original time to fix whatever needs fixing.  And who is Andrea, you ask?  She’s really Virginia Dare, presumably the first child born in the Americas to English parents in the “lost colony” at Roanoke Island.

Jonah, Katherine, Andrea/Virginia, and a dog named Dare begin their journey back in time with the help of their guide, JB.  Almost immediately, however, things begin to go wrong.  Their only source of communication with JB disappears, they seem to land in the wrong place and time, and things are just not going the way they’re supposed to.  What has happened?  How can they get back to the 21st century?  What are they supposed to do?

As events unfold, it becomes clearer and clearer that JB may not be the one “guiding” Jonah, Katherine, and Andrea/Virginia.  There is a more sinister plot afoot, a plot that could impact the flow of history.  Who has sabotaged this mission?  Does JB know anything about it?  If not, how can Jonah and the gang possibly get out of this predicament?  Read Sabotaged by Margaret Peterson Haddix to find out.

Like I stated previously, this book was very confusing, but the author’s note at the end did shed a lot of light on the subject matter.  (I probably should have read this first.)  Haddix really did her research on Virginia Dare, the Roanoke colony, and early settlements in North America.  For more information on Sabotaged and the other books in The Missing series, visit http://www.haddixbooks.com/home.html.

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