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This article is about Book 1: Keeper of the Lost Cities, the first book in the series. You may be looking for Keeper of the Lost Cities, the book series written by Shannon Messenger, or Keeper of the Lost Cities (Movie), the live-action film adaptation.



Keeper of the Lost Cities (KotLC) is the first book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series written by Shannon Messenger. It was released on October 2, 2012.

Cover[]

The cover shows Sophie and Dex at a lamppost.

Synopsis [1][]

Twelve-year-old Sophie Foster has a secret. She’s a Telepath—someone who hears the thoughts of everyone around her by her own control. It’s a talent she’s never known how to explain to anyone.

But everything changes the day she meets Fitz, a mysterious boy who appears out of nowhere. She discovers there’s a place she does belong, and that staying with her family will place her in grave danger. In the blink of an eye, Sophie is forced to leave behind everything and start a new life in a new world that is vastly different from her own.

Sophie has new rules to learn and new skills to master, and not everyone is thrilled about her “homecoming.” There are secrets buried deep in Sophie’s memory—secrets people desperately want.

Secrets they might even kill for...

In this page-turning debut, Shannon Messenger creates a riveting story where a girl, caught between two worlds, needs to know if she can do what she was made to do.

Synopsis [2][]

Twelve-year-old Sophie has never quite fit into her life. She’s skipped multiple grades and doesn’t really connect with the older kids at school, but she’s not comfortable with her family, either. The reason? Sophie’s a Telepath, someone who can read minds. No one knows her secret—at least, that’s what she thinks…

But the day Sophie meets Fitz, a mysterious (and adorable) boy, she learns she’s not alone. He’s a Telepath, too, and it turns out the reason she has never felt at home is that, well…she isn’t. Fitz opens Sophie’s eyes to a shocking truth, and she is forced to leave behind her family for a new life in a place that is vastly different from what she has ever known.

But Sophie still has secrets, and they’re buried deep in her memory for good reason: The answers are dangerous and in high-demand. What is her true identity, and why was she hidden among humans? The truth could mean life or death—and time is running out.

Preface[]

Blurry, fractured images swam through Sophie's mind, but she couldn't piece them together. She tried opening her eyes and found only darkness. Something rough pressed against her wrists and ankles, refusing to let her move.

A wave of cold rushed through her as the horrifying realization dawned.

She was a hostage.

A cloth across her lips stifled her cry for help, and a sedative's sweet aroma stung her nose when she inhaled, making her head spin.

Were they going to kill her?

Would the Black Swan really destroy their own creation?

What was the point of Project Moonlark, then? What was the point of the Everblaze?

The drug lulled her toward a dreamless oblivion, but she fought back - clinging to the one memory that could shine a tiny spot of light in the thick, inky haze. A pair of beautiful aquamarine eyes.

Fitz's eyes. The first friend in her new life. Her first friend ever.

Maybe if she hadn't noticed him that day in the museum, none of this would have happened.

No. She knew it'd be too late even then. The white fires were already burning - curving toward her city and filling the sky with sticky, sweet smoke.

The spark before the blaze.


Playlist[]

Illustrated and Annotated Edition[]

As of August 4, 2020, Shannon Messenger released 'Keeper of the Lost Cities Illustrated and Annotated Edition.’ It is a special edition of the first book, with never before seen embellishments by the author herself.

Contents

  • Sixteen black and white illustrations
  • Five deleted scenes
  • Author Annotations

Video Trailer[]

References[]


About the Series
Series Page

Books
Released Books
Keeper of the Lost CitiesExileEverblazeNeverseenLodestarNightfallFlashbackLegacyUnlocked

Unreleased Books
Stellarlune


Movie

Short Stories
Keefe Short Story (Nightfall)Keefe Short Story (Flashback)Fitz Short StoryTam Short Story

People/Artists
Shannon MessengerJason ChanLaura HollingsworthCourtney GodbeyFelia HanakataKarin Paprocki

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