The Lost Cities: A Drift House Voyage

The Lost Cities: A Drift House Voyage

In this powerful, fast-paced sequel to Drift House, Susan and Charles Oakenfeld return to their uncle's seagoing mansion, but are separated when a tidal wave carries the house out on the Sea of Time. Charles and Susan are in for much more of an adventure than they could have imagined 400 pp....

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Title:The Lost Cities: A Drift House Voyage
Author:Dale Peck
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The Lost Cities: A Drift House Voyage Reviews

  • Amy

    Susan, Charles, Murray, and their eccentric uncle return again in this Drift House sequel. This time the two older children "accidentally" embark on an adventure to close the time "jetty," rather than the "great drain" of the previous book. "The jetty is a manifestation of the eternal human desire to cheat time, to get to the end without going through the middle." (taken from chapter 23) The ideas of time and the disruption of time, people, events & war addressed in this book make it both a

    Susan, Charles, Murray, and their eccentric uncle return again in this Drift House sequel. This time the two older children "accidentally" embark on an adventure to close the time "jetty," rather than the "great drain" of the previous book. "The jetty is a manifestation of the eternal human desire to cheat time, to get to the end without going through the middle." (taken from chapter 23) The ideas of time and the disruption of time, people, events & war addressed in this book make it both a fascinating and complex read. The "jetty" slices through the "lost cities" of Babel, Troy, Atlantis, Pompeii and others, destroying them and threatening to destroy others. The book begs for another in the series, as the reader is still left hanging regarding Murray's eventual return to his rightful place in time.

  • Sarah Sammis

    The Lost Cities: A Drift House Voyage by Dale Peck opens at the start of summer, 2002. It's been almost a year since the Oakenfeld siblings were driven up to Canada to escape the chaos of the World Trade Center destruction. Just as Susan, Charles and Murray are preparing for their trip back, Murray comes down with chicken pox, meaning he is left behind in Manhattan.

    Susan and Charles, though, have been given a book that provides further clues to how Drift House and the Seas of Time work. Unfortun

    The Lost Cities: A Drift House Voyage by Dale Peck opens at the start of summer, 2002. It's been almost a year since the Oakenfeld siblings were driven up to Canada to escape the chaos of the World Trade Center destruction. Just as Susan, Charles and Murray are preparing for their trip back, Murray comes down with chicken pox, meaning he is left behind in Manhattan.

    Susan and Charles, though, have been given a book that provides further clues to how Drift House and the Seas of Time work. Unfortunately, disaster strikes in the form of a temporal tsunami, thus separating Charles from the house, while Susan and Uncle Farley are once again adrift.

    Parents who might have read (or seen the episode) Doctor Who and the War Games will understand straight away the plight both siblings are in. Living along the shores of the Seas of Time are lost cultures, including entire lost cities — temporal echoes of times long forgotten. Much like the crew of cursed Flying Dutchman, these people continue to go about their business, unwilling or unable to grasp that their time has come and gone.

    I found the continuing exploration of time travel in a temporal maelstrom, fascinating. Charles this time gets to experience first hand some of what little Murray has gone through or will go through depending on where in time he is.

  • Jessica

    More fun with Drift House, as Susan and Charles go to spend another summer with Uncle Farley. Murray has the chicken pox and can't come . . . but other, older incarnations of him keep popping up. Some are helpful, some a hindrance, depending on which Murray appears. (In the first book, Murray was cast adrift on the sea of time, and though he technically returned minutes later, during those minutes he lived an entire lifetime.)

    This time around, the children are caught up in the history of, and de

    More fun with Drift House, as Susan and Charles go to spend another summer with Uncle Farley. Murray has the chicken pox and can't come . . . but other, older incarnations of him keep popping up. Some are helpful, some a hindrance, depending on which Murray appears. (In the first book, Murray was cast adrift on the sea of time, and though he technically returned minutes later, during those minutes he lived an entire lifetime.)

    This time around, the children are caught up in the history of, and destruction, of several lost cities. Though Atlantis and Roanoke are mentioned (along with others) they are mainly involved with Osterbygd (the Viking colony on Greenland) and Babel. Yep. As in Tower of.

    Really fun stuff, and it was nice to separate Susan and Charles on their adventures, as their sibling squabbling when they are together is not my favorite part of the books.

  • Georgie Penn

    In the Lost Cities, Susan and Charlies Oakenfeld go to stay with there Uncle Farley for the summer, hoping that they will once again end up on the Sea of Time.

    However when they do get there things do not turn out as they would have wished. The first hint that this is not going to be a normal vacation is when, Mario, a "cursed returner" leaves a package for them before they leave, containing a mysterious book, but before they agree on who should open it, they are in Drift House, staring at the d

    In the Lost Cities, Susan and Charlies Oakenfeld go to stay with there Uncle Farley for the summer, hoping that they will once again end up on the Sea of Time.

    However when they do get there things do not turn out as they would have wished. The first hint that this is not going to be a normal vacation is when, Mario, a "cursed returner" leaves a package for them before they leave, containing a mysterious book, but before they agree on who should open it, they are in Drift House, staring at the drawing room walls, at the disaster they see there.

    Then Charlies is stuck up in a tree with his oh-so-special book, and Susan is out on the Sea of Time way sooner then she suspected.

    They are both launched into untold adventure, and wonder if they will ever get back home.

    One thing that really stood out to me from this book, was that Dale Peck could not possibly be a Christian.

    It was basically said that it was not God that brought down the Tower of Babel, but Charlies Oakenfeld.

    I was also a little confused through the first book, and this book, about returners, and what they are.

    I would say that this book was not as good as the first one.

  • Jenne

    Susan, Charles and Murray Oakenfield have an unusual secret -their uncle’s house is really a ship that sails on the Sea of Time, taking its occupants wherever and whenever.

    In this second adventure, a mysterious book is delivered to the children’s apartment in New York, a book that will lead Susan and Charles to the 16th century. While Charles adventures among the Huron Indians, Susan and her uncle find themselves in Greenland in pursuit of another mystery – an amulet that gives the wearer knowle

    Susan, Charles and Murray Oakenfield have an unusual secret -their uncle’s house is really a ship that sails on the Sea of Time, taking its occupants wherever and whenever.

    In this second adventure, a mysterious book is delivered to the children’s apartment in New York, a book that will lead Susan and Charles to the 16th century. While Charles adventures among the Huron Indians, Susan and her uncle find themselves in Greenland in pursuit of another mystery – an amulet that gives the wearer knowledge beyond their time. Susan and Charles, with the help of a past incarnation of their brother Murray, must stop the amulet and book being used or all of time will be disrupted.

    A good next step for teens who loved “The Magic Tree House” Series!

  • Jenne

    Susan, Charles and Murray Oakenfield have an unusual secret -their uncle’s house is really a ship that sails on the Sea of Time, taking its occupants wherever and whenever.

    In this second adventure, a mysterious book is delivered to the children’s apartment in New York, a book that will lead Susan and Charles to the 16th century. While Charles adventures among the Huron Indians, Susan and her uncle find themselves in Greenland in pursuit of another mystery – an amulet that gives the wearer knowle

    Susan, Charles and Murray Oakenfield have an unusual secret -their uncle’s house is really a ship that sails on the Sea of Time, taking its occupants wherever and whenever.

    In this second adventure, a mysterious book is delivered to the children’s apartment in New York, a book that will lead Susan and Charles to the 16th century. While Charles adventures among the Huron Indians, Susan and her uncle find themselves in Greenland in pursuit of another mystery – an amulet that gives the wearer knowledge beyond their time. Susan and Charles, with the help of a past incarnation of their brother Murray, must stop the amulet and book being used or all of time will be disrupted.

    A good next step for teens who loved “The Magic Tree House” Series!

  • Julie

    The story begins with the three siblings Susan, Charles, and Murray Oakenfield back at home in NYC. A mysteriously-delivered book sets up their return to their uncle’s Drift House in Canada, and soon they are (separately) out on the Sea of Time with the vague knowledge that their journey has something to do with a “time jetty” (some sort of time storm squall), the magic book, and lost cities including Atlantis, the Tower of Babel, and the World Trade Center buildings. Like the first book, there

    The story begins with the three siblings Susan, Charles, and Murray Oakenfield back at home in NYC. A mysteriously-delivered book sets up their return to their uncle’s Drift House in Canada, and soon they are (separately) out on the Sea of Time with the vague knowledge that their journey has something to do with a “time jetty” (some sort of time storm squall), the magic book, and lost cities including Atlantis, the Tower of Babel, and the World Trade Center buildings. Like the first book, there are various time-bending issues that seem meant to raise important questions but actually end up being more confusing than anything else. The youngest brother, Murray, pops up as “Mario” in various times/places because he has somehow become unmoored in time. (I don’t think my confusion is just forgetting the details of the first book; there is much left unsaid, apparently to be mysterious.)

    On a frivolous note, the portentous symbol that appears on the book, the Tower of Babel, and on a lost Indian tribe’s shaman also is on an amulet that forms part of the book; a sketch of the amulet is on the chapter headings, and I have to say it looks a lot like an athletic cup.

  • Mariah

    I have to say that this book was a huge let down for me. After reading Drift House I was assured the sequel would be amazing just as the first was. When I read the first Drift House book, I was transferred to a fantasy world much like ones you see in movies. Not only were the characters mysterious and mystical, but the writing was very descriptive. The book was full of imagery the author had included. Needless to say, I thought the second book would be just as amazing. However this book started

    I have to say that this book was a huge let down for me. After reading Drift House I was assured the sequel would be amazing just as the first was. When I read the first Drift House book, I was transferred to a fantasy world much like ones you see in movies. Not only were the characters mysterious and mystical, but the writing was very descriptive. The book was full of imagery the author had included. Needless to say, I thought the second book would be just as amazing. However this book started off slow and only got slower. The first thing I did not like about this book was the fact that Murray was not in any of the plot. He was my favorite character and I think the author made a huge mistake by taking him out of the second book. Also, this book was very confusing and hard to follow. Half the time I was reading this book, I found myself very confused and unsure of what was going on. I appreciate that the author changes points of view, however I found that it made the book even harder to follow; seeing as each character is on their own adventure. I did not understand the ending of this book either and I would not recommend this book to anyone. I hope Dale Peck can do better next time.

  • Kateri

    3.5

    There were a good amount of aspects I liked about this sequel and throughout the book I was always at least mildly interested, but it didn't have any wow factor for me. After finishing and thinking on it, I also realize that I missed the character interaction between all three siblings. It was there sometimes, but not like it was in the first book and it must have been one of my favorite parts about it. However there were some very nice surprises and turns and overall would recommend you try

    3.5

    There were a good amount of aspects I liked about this sequel and throughout the book I was always at least mildly interested, but it didn't have any wow factor for me. After finishing and thinking on it, I also realize that I missed the character interaction between all three siblings. It was there sometimes, but not like it was in the first book and it must have been one of my favorite parts about it. However there were some very nice surprises and turns and overall would recommend you try finishing this duology if you're at all interested.

  • Elizabeth K.

    It is with GREAT regret that I give this a lukewarm review, and it just crushes me because the first book was so good. You know, this kind of book has always bothered me -- it's a magic/fantasy/time travel adventure story, and it's completely joyless. NOT ONE FUN THING happens to the kids having the adventure. If you're going to have magical adventures in time travel, they shouldn't be A Total Drag. Honestly, you'd be better off staying home. I get that time travel is frequently a serious busine

    It is with GREAT regret that I give this a lukewarm review, and it just crushes me because the first book was so good. You know, this kind of book has always bothered me -- it's a magic/fantasy/time travel adventure story, and it's completely joyless. NOT ONE FUN THING happens to the kids having the adventure. If you're going to have magical adventures in time travel, they shouldn't be A Total Drag. Honestly, you'd be better off staying home. I get that time travel is frequently a serious business, but does it have to be a Giant Hassle from start to finish? Even serious magic stories should have some moments where you can take a step back and enjoy something awesome and cool and, well, magic, otherwise why even bother? Thunderbolt City! Aunt Beast! Talking Mice! That's what magic is supposed to be about.

    Grade: Eh.

    Recommended: Eh.

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