As a poisonous wave spreads disease and discord across the eleven known universes, the Conductor races to find the seven Keys and strike the Lost Chord. He searches among the universes for persons whose souls vibrate at a particular musical frequency. One such Key is Bee Warrick, an autistic teenager from Earth who has traveled between the realms for years without realizing it. Can Bee help the Conductor find the other Keys before a bitter enemy strikes the wrong chord and shatters the universes?
"I welcome life! I belong!" (Alexander, 213).
The Lost Chord is a fantasy novel based on a group of mismatched teenagers known as Keys chosen to save the universe from certain destruction.
The book opens up with the Conductor, the man searching for seven keys. We immediately get some insight as to what is going on, the purpose of this story, and how it will likely develop. I enjoyed being in the loop since the beginning, so as to not complicate the story.
The plot was well written and interesting. Alexander was able to weave multiple story lines all from a third person point of view into the story while still keeping everything in order, which I thought was well done.
The main character in my opinion was Bryony "Bee" Warrick, a 15 year old autistic girl, and one of the seven Keys. While the story was written in 3rd person, we still got to see how Bee thought and felt, which I found very interesting. We got a glimpse of how an autistic mind works, as well as other people's reactions to these thoughts.
I think it very important that the author had the courage to bring a character such as Bee to life. It's hard to depict such a broad disorder without showing research-based characteristics. From what I can tell, she very obviously has experience with autistic personnel and has shown her knowledge purely through character rather than facts thrown here and there.
The other characters worked well together. It was interesting to see the different reactions to Bee from all of the characters, who had come from different planets and dimensions. The character arcs were clear and definitely worth the read to see all of the discrepancies between each and every one of the Keys.
One of the biggest things I appreciated from this book was the diversity. Alexander has always had a knack for showing diversity in her novels, and she didn't falter here. There were interesting role reversals and certain dilemmas the characters had to overcome that really showed a message of acceptance and unity.
There were many possible themes in this story. Understanding, leadership, teamwork, and perseverance were prevalent throughout the whole story, and all important messages such as not fearing the unknown and accepting people for who they are were very present and unambiguous.
I always enjoy Alexander's work, and this is no exception. The clear diversity and character arc in this novel puts it at the top of my list of recommendations. I loved The Lost Chord, and I can't wait to see what Lyndi Alexander comes out with next. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
Lyndi Alexander is a single mom of a daughter on the autism spectrum, a multi-published novelist in both romance (as Alana Lorens) and sci-fi/fantasy/paranormal (as Lyndi Alexander), A family law attorney during the day, and she also volunteers making patckwork blankets for Project Linus, which donates homemade blankets to children in hospitals so they have something homey.