Mar 19, 2013

Taken by Erin Bowman Review

Taken by Erin Bowman
(Taken, #1)
Release Date: April 16, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen; 352 pages
There are no men in Claysoot. There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends…and he’s gone.

They call it the Heist.

Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate–until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets. The Heist itself. And what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot–a structure that no one can cross and survive.

Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken–or risk everything on the hope of the other side?

The first half of this book, I flew through; the second half of this book, not quite so fast. I really think the issue I had with the second half was Bree. But I'm getting ahead of myself here, aren't I?

Taken is pretty amazing. The concept; a community of very young boys and all ages of girls stuck in confines of a wall that if you dare to climb will come back burned so barely you're hardly recognizable. Boys are heisted at age 18 and no one knows where they go or if they're even alive. At the age of 15 girls and boys are started on what are called slatings. Each month you are assigned a new guy/girl that you are to 'woo' for that month and basically, try to produce a baby. We start out with Gray and finding out it's the eve of his older brother, Blaine's heisting. Blaine has a young daughter, Kale, who is three years old and absolutely adorable. Gray and Blaine are born the same day, exactly a year apart, they lost their mother two years ago and never knew their father as he was heisted a few years after their birth's.

I mean, right there this sounds like an interesting read and it really is. We find out many things about Gray after his brother was heisted, things that make you question everything about this community called Claysoot. While finding everything out he was slated to the one girl he's been crushing on since forever, Emma, who always seemed to favor Blaine over him. Over the month of their slating, they become close, something neither of them were expecting and when Gray's questions start to get out of hand he decides to climb the wall in search for answers. What he doesn't expect is Emma following him. What they find isn't anything like what they were expecting.

There's a whole world out there, a community called UnEast or Taem which is located under the safety of a dome. Things escalate there very fast and things go horribly wrong for Gray and Emma but Gray escapes without Emma. He promises he'll come back for her but first he must find a group of rebels if he hopes to survive. The journey is insane, filled with action and drama; nothing Gray suspected when he climbed that wall. When he finally finds the rebels, this is where we meet Bree. This is where things start going downhill, for me, because of her. She just rubs me the wrong way. She's a fireball, feisty and unfiltered; throwing insults at Gray every opportunity she gets. It might be considered cute to some, because, I guess, in a way it's flirting but my heart is with Emma. I think it's hard to like another part of a love triangle when you already think a character is perfect for the main. Therefore, Bree annoys me to no end and I think it would be very difficult for me to like her. At times, it even makes me dislike Gray because of his actions.

Gray, I loved Gray. From the first chapter where we're introduced to him until the end (minus a few times I might have wanted to slap him), he's real, genuine and extremely loveable. His relationship with his brother is heartwarming and seeing it in action is nice. To me, it's always amazing to see brothers so close as growing up my brothers weren't all that close (though now that they're older, that's changed). Sisters are always ones that are typically close but to see brothers bond so closely, it puts a big ole smile on my face.

Putting aside my dislike for a character we'll be seeing too much of, I really enjoyed the story. It had it's surprises, heartbreaks, action, suspense and love but it also had it's own unique aspect on everything. The plot alone is nothing I've ever read and it really makes you feel terrible for the people of Claysoot. This is a definite buy for people looking for something new involving dystopia and sci-fi.

Thank you so much to HarperTeen for allowing me the opportunity to read and review this book honestly.

1 comment:

  1. I am so excited for this one although the dome thing makes me wonder, because Under The Never Sky has the same idea in the plot. Great review definitely can't wait to read this one.

    Kristin @ Young Adult Book Haven


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