Book Review: Lost: Messages From the Island   

Eight weeks! EIGHT. Ugh. That’s how long it’s been since we’ve had a new episode of Lost. Does anyone else have the shakes? Or is that just me?

News about next season has started slowly trickling in… like we now know the sixth and final season will be 18 hours long including the two-hour premiere and two-hour finale. Not much, I know, but one more hour is better than nothing! And we know that Claire will be back. I think we already knew that but confirmation is always nice. But, let’s be honest, if you’re like me and are afraid to read anything for fear of being spoiled, the sixth season is still very, very far away.

Get the new LOST official companion, LOST: MESSAGES FROM THE ISLAND, June 30th in the US.Which is why I want to recommend Lost: Messages From the Island. This official companion hit shelves last Tuesday and it’s gorgeous! I mean, I’d almost recommend it to fans just for the pretty pictures alone. However, since it features the best of Lost: The Official Magazine it’s also overflowing with information.

In fact, there’s so much information that it took me longer to read through my review copy (sent my way thanks to the lovely folks at Titan Books!!) than I anticipated. Granted, I purposely went slowly so that I’d have plenty of Lost filler to last me a few weeks but there are so many interviews and in-depth conversations with folks from the show that I couldn’t breeze through it. I already mentioned how pretty it is and that’s because of the crazy amount of photos from the set and behind the scenes. Plus, the story boards and original artwork from the set designers makes it a must have for die-hard fans.

Like I said, it’s the perfect way to help pass some of the time until the show returns. As an added bonus, it’ll make you want to sit down and re-watch the show. For instance, while reading an interview with the crew about what went into the creation of the “Monster,” I wanted to go back and look for the things they were talking about like how they wanted it to sound, etc. It also made me wonder if anything what has changed since that interview. I mean, at that point it was still known as the “Monster” and not the “Smoke Monster.” Did the concept of what the “Monster” is change from the end of season one to the end of season five?

I also enjoyed reading about the various cast members and their impressions of each other. Again, it left me wondering what, if anything, has changed now that they’ve been working together for several years. Of course, that means I got to be sad about some cast changes all over again. Evangeline Lilly (Kate) talked about how the instant connection she felt with Matthew Fox and Dominic Monaghan and I was all, “Aww! And now Charlie is dead!” (And, yeah, yeah, of course I also thought about how Dominic and Evangeline really did have a connection. Heh.) Same with Cynthia Watros talking about playing Libby.

And, of course, I’m me so naturally I soaked in all the info about what goes on behind the scenes. Loved all the interviews with the crew and writers especially when combined with concept art, etc. I think you begin to see why it took me so long to finish the book. I was literally studying it like I was taking a class and might have to take a test when it was all done!

With 176 pages of Lost info from cover to cover, Lost: Messages From the Island is a must for fans and the perfect way to help keep you entertained during the hiatus! Don’t forget to check out our earlier post for more details what’s included in the book and a sneak peek at a few of the pages!

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