Wake Up Missing (coming Sept. ’13)

The doorbell rang yesterday while I was Skyping with readers in Dublin, Ohio…and when the session ended, I found a package in the door. Inside?  The first advance reader copies for WAKE UP MISSING, my Fall ’13 science thriller with Walker/Bloomsbury. I’ll be signing ARCs at IRA in San Antonio next month, and I am SO excited about this book!  Here’s the cover…

Here’s what it’s about…

Meet Quentin, a middle school football star from Chicago…
Sarah, an Upstate New York girls’ hockey team stand-out…
Ben, a horse lover from the Pacific Northwest…
And Cat, an artistic bird watcher from California.

The four have nothing in common except for the head injuries that land them in an elite brain-science center in the Florida Everglades. I-CAN is known as the best in the world. But it’s state-of-the-art in its technology and its secrets. As days pass, the kids begin to suspect that they are subjects in an experiment that goes far beyond treating concussions….and threatens their very identities. They’ll have to overcome their injuries – and their differences – to escape through the swamp, or risk losing themselves forever.

And here’s what some amazing early readers had to say…

In WAKE UP MISSING, Kate Messner combines a fascinating concept with page-turning suspense. Cat Grayson just wants to get rid of her constant headaches — but what if the cure makes her a totally different person? Reading this book is like a wild roller-coaster ride through the Florida swamps.       

~Margaret Peterson Haddix, author of THE MISSING and the Shadow Children series.

Wowza! WAKE UP MISSING is a winner. I read it in a single sitting. As the secrets were revealed and the suspense mounted, I found myself turning pages at an ever increasing pace. I had to find out what happened next! 


WAKE UP MISSING scared the pants off me. Loved it! Mystery, intrigue, danger, and creepy futuristic science set in today’s world? Yes, please!

~Lisa McMann, New York Times bestselling author of WAKE and THE UNWANTEDS

WAKE UP MISSING is a compelling mystery full of paranoia and suspenseful twists and turns, with villains as menacing as Everglades alligators lurking beneath the surface of the water, and heroes confronting danger with bravery and heart.

~Matthew J. Kirby, author of THE CLOCKWORK THREE and ICEFALL

From mad scientists to one-eyed alligators, the adventures in WAKE UP MISSING had me on the edge of my seat — I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough!

~Carrie Ryan, author of the New York Times bestseller INFINITY RING BOOK 2: DIVIDE AND CONQUER

WAKE UP MISSING uniquely blends the fast-paced kid adventures of Carl Hiassen, an attuned awareness of nature’s awe, and a lovely largesse of heart and humanity… As usual, Kate provides us with a group of smart, self-reliant kids you can’t help but cheer for.

~Jane Knight, Bear Pond Books, Montpelier, VT

24 Replies on “Wake Up Missing (coming Sept. ’13)

    1. Thanks, Joan! I think you were actually sitting at my kitchen table when I was brainstorming this one (with the three-column idea charts!)