#TBR Challenge – Bananapants!: Cathy’s Book: If Found Call (650) 266-8233 by Sean Stewart

Cathy’s Book: If Found Call (650) 266-8233 by Sean Stewart and Jordan Weisman definitely fits this month’s category! First in a trilogy, it’s a teen mystery/thriller with speculative fiction and interactive elements, such as phone numbers you can call to get actual messages and websites you can visit, or at least could visit when the book came out in 2006. I did call the phone number in the title, and the message was still there in 2024! My hardcover edition also had supplemental print materials in a pocket inside the front cover.

All that said, you don’t need the supplementary materials to enjoy the story. The main character, high school senior Cathy, has just been dumped by her boyfriend and subsequently has a fight with her mother. Soon after, as she talks with her friend Emma, we learn the boyfriend is much older than Cathy, and might have done something shady before the breakup.

I thought this was an intriguing concept for a book and apparently it sold quite well when it came out. Sean Stewart is one of my favorite fantasy writers, and his characterization and prose are truly excellent. I did not attempt, however, to use the supplemental clues to solve anything, so I can’t speak to that element. But I’m glad I finally pulled this one off the TBR shelf!

About Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen [she, her] currently writes cozy space opera for Kalikoi. The novella series A Place of Refuge begins with Finding Refuge: Telepathic warrior Talia Avi, genius engineer Miki Boudreaux, and augmented soldier Faigin Balfour fought the fascist Federated Colonies for ten years, following the charismatic dissenter Jon Churchill. Then Jon disappeared, Talia was thought dead, and Miki and Faigin struggled to take Jon’s place and stay alive. When the FC is unexpectedly upended, Talia is reunited with her friends and they are given sanctuary on the enigmatic planet Refuge. The trio of former guerillas strive to recover from lifetimes of trauma, build new lives on a planet with endless horizons, and forge tender new connections with each other.
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