Untraceable (The Nature of Grace Series) is about Grace, daughter of a forest ranger who has been missing for three months and is assumed dead.
Certain that her father is alive, however, Grace continues her search in the Smoky Mts. near her home, trying to find any trace that might lead to her father. Having had her father as wilderness tutor all her life, Grace is at home in the mountain forests and cognizant of survival skills.
Grace also retreats to the wilderness for a sense of comfort when her frustrations mount, and on one of her excursions she finds a strange young man and follows him. Mo, a geology student on a summer field study, is initially not very friendly, but after he rescues Grace from a tricky situation with poachers, the two begin a new appreciation of each other.
A courageous female protagonist, Grace's determination to uncover the truth about what happened to her father puts her in the middle of a dangerous conspiracy of poachers, illegally killing and mutilating bears to sell for animal parts overseas.
Maybe a bit slow in the beginning, the novel takes off as Grace resists the efforts of family and friends who urge her to accept that her father is dead.
I thoroughly enjoyed this YA novel. The second book in the series (Uncontrollable) is available, and the third (Unstoppable) will be published this summer.
Winner of 2012 IndieReader Discovery Awards (YA)
Finalist in The Kindle Book Review's Best Young Adult of 2012
Finalist in the US Book News Best Book of 2012 (YA)
Net Galley/All Night Reads
Mystery/YA. 2011. Print version: 312 pages