Every Hidden Thing

Every Hidden Thing

Book - 2016 | First Canadian edition.
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Romeo and Juliet meets Indiana Jones in this epic tale that combines the hunt for a dinosaur skeleton, a mysterious legend, bitter rivalries and a forbidden romance

Somewhere in the Badlands, embedded deep in ancient rock and sand, lies the skeleton of a massive dinosaur, larger than anything the late nineteenth-century world has ever seen. Some legends call it the Black Beauty, with its bones as black as ebony, but to seventeen-year-old Samuel Bolt, it's the "rex," the king dinosaur that could put him and his struggling paleontologist father in the history books.

But Samuel and his father aren't the only ones after the rex. For Rachel Cartland this find could be her ticket to a different life, one where her love of science and adventure isn't just relegated to books. And if she can't prove herself on this expedition with her professor father, the only adventures she may have to look forward to are marriage or spinsterhood.

As their paths cross and the rivalry between their fathers becomes more intense, Samuel and Rachel are pushed closer together. Their flourishing romance is one that will never be allowed. And with both eyeing the same prize, it's a romance that seems destined for failure. Can they join forces to find their quarry, and with it a new life together, or will old enmities and prejudices keep them from both the rex and each other?

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
Edition: First Canadian edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781443410304
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Oppel
Characteristics: 361 pages ; 22 cm


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Jul 31, 2017

I really like this book. The author combined a love story with history and science. I loved the main characters and in general the book was an enjoyable read. I also definitely liked the ending.

Jul 23, 2017

This book was very enjoyable, I never wanted to put it down! A toss up between a love story, and science. I recommend this book for teens who are interested in archaeology, Romeo and Juliet, and a little bit of brawling. Such as the physical fight between Professor Bolt and Professor Cartland. Bolt appears to be a struggling, self-taught archaeologist, but Cartland is a successful professor who works at Yale. This feud continues throughout the book, even though their children are running off to get married. My favourite part was when Professor Cartland points out that Professor Bolts skeleton head is on the wrong way, he humiliates him in front of many people saying that the "neck" is actually the tail, and the "tail" the neck. I think this book is great, and full of action.

Jul 12, 2017

This book really makes you think. I wouldn't recommend it for everyone, because it has a bit of romance, but its still a great book to read.

May 10, 2017

I don't know why but I expected a bit more from this book than I got. I had the fortunate chance to meet this author and hear him actually talk about this book when it was newly released. I also had to read "This Dark Endeavor" for an English course. But for some reason, this book lacked the appeal of actual adventure. Some parts seemed too predictable, and the relationship between Samuel and Rachel seemed a bit faux. I get that it's spun loosely around a "Romeo and Juliet" idea with archaeology, but its was a tad unrealistic. The ending seemed too compressed, with all things rushing together. Honestly, I feel like a bit more time could have made this book a little better, although I did finish it all in a sitting!
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Feb 21, 2017

It was an enjoyable quick read

Jan 03, 2017


Nov 27, 2016

Every Hidden Thing was the second book by Canadian author Kenneth Oppel which I have read. Half Brother was the other. Like half Brother the reader does gain some new knowledge about a topic they perhaps had little previous knowledge about. As the author informs the reader, this book mirrors to some extent the real life competition between two Palaeontologists in the early 19th Century. There is also the budding relationship between Samuel and Rachel. Recommended book by Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.

samcmar Sep 02, 2016

As a Canadian, I am insanely embarrassed to say that this is my first book by Kenneth Oppel. I work in a public library, and he is beloved by Canadian middle graders and teens and yet somehow I just never got around to reading his novels. That was until I was handed a copy of Every Hidden Thing, his latest YA release, and this is one of the rare cases where the book's blurb is actually quite spot on.

This book is basically Romeo and Juliet, if it were in the Indiana Jones-verse. We have two star-crossed lover teens whose fathers are bitter rivals in the archaeology business. Convinced that their fathers are both jerks, the two begin to take comfort in each other and romance ensues. The pitch is PERFECT and I will say, Oppel knows how to weave together a story that borrows from so many different genres and make it work.

I will say though, I love Indiana Jones, but despise Romeo and Juliet, and yet this book worked in a lot of ways. I think the story beats were really well thought out, but the characters were definitely lacking for me and I struggled to get attached. I will say, I appreciated the way in which Oppel hands Sam and Rachel's sexual encounter, as it's very thoughtfully done, but it's also very Romeo and Juliet-esque.

I think the main thing I struggled with was the method of how the story was told. Two different fonts work simultaneously through out the story, one representing Sam, and one Rachel. Sometimes I found their voices a bit too similar, and found I had to really pay attention to the font to ensure that I understood which character's mind I was in. I wish the book had broken up the POVs in a way where it didn't read so confusingly, and while I think some will like the style, it didn't jive with me a lot of the time. I enjoyed the story though and that is what kept me going.

Every Hidden Thing is a very interesting read given the genre mashup that it is. While I wasn't in love with this book, it did make me curious in wanting to check out some of Kenneth Oppel's other works because there's definitely a sense of uniqueness that felt undeniable.

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