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Series: Taken
On-Sale Date: March 18 2014
Format: Paperback, 384pp
ISBN# 9780062117274
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Price: $9.99


Fans of Incarceron by Catherine Fisher and Variant by Robison Wells won't want to miss this magnetic first book in a gripping dystopian sci-fi series. Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of the Legend trilogy, raves that Taken is "an action-packed thrill ride from beginning to end. More, please!"

Gray Weathersby has grown up expecting to disappear at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. They call it the Heist—and it happens to every boy in Claysoot. His only chance at escape is to climb the Wall that surrounds Claysoot. A climb no one has ever survived . . .

Book Description

There are no men in Claysoot.

There are boys, but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday.

The villagers call it the Heist.

Gray Weathersby is prepared to meet his fate. But when he finds a strange note from his mother, he begins questioning everything he's been told about the Heist . . . and what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds his primitive town, which no one can cross and survive. With no answers in sight, Gray must decide whether he should wait to be taken—or risk everything on the hope of the other side.

I love the book. It's well written and the concept of it is incredible to me. Once I read the first chapter i couldnt stop reading. There's a lot of things going on in it. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, so i will keep it short.

Taken is about this boy named Gray. HIs brother, Blaine was very close to being Heisted and Gray doesn't want to lose him. To him, losing Blaine is like losing a part of himself. However, the Heist is unavoidable; many tried to escape the Heisted by climbing the Wall, but they all end up coming back dead. For then, all the boys had to accept the Heist. After Blaine was gone, Gray had been really lonely. He was slated with Emma, his childhood friend who hates him and favors Blaine. But then Gray found a letter. It was from his mother, but it was for Blaine. THe letter was missing a page. Gray was eager to know what was on the other page, so he kept searching for the answers that left him questioning.


I love this book! Check out the ARC review of it on my blog : http://mnkbooklife.blogspot.com/

(Thanks also to HarperCollins for providing me with a paperback ARC)



I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

Erin Bowman's Taken is a solid young adult dystopian debut with not only an incredibly gorgeous cover, but an entertaining storyline. The reader is immediately introduced to a scary, but admittedly interesting world full of mysteries and unexpected surprises. Bowman's Taken is one of the most anticipated books of 2013 and it does not disappoint!

Gray, the protagonist, is an interesting character. His name is given to him because of his eyes, but I also attribute it to the role he plays in his world. Whereas everyone around him settles into a life that is either too controlled, or one that is completely free, Gray finds a way to be in between. His need for the truth overrides the security of a trapped life, but endangers the freedom he also seeks.

Grays grows as a character in a sense, since he realizes how dangerous some truths are and how deadly his curiosity is. He also grows physically, becoming a man as the novel becomes steadily darker. It was also intriguing watching how his interactions with those around him reflected on his growing character. For example, once overshadowed by his brother's good-guy attitude, Gray becomes more than what is expected of him.

Taken is reminiscent of other dystopian novels in that it struggles to portray the dangers of government and how easy it is for just one person to see the fault in the system. Even with its similarities to other popular dystopian novels, Bowman's novel takes on an original sense by the portrayal of unconventional romance, unanswered questions, and a protagonist who acts more like a relatable and flawed teenager than a wannabe adult.

The pacing is good, for the majority of the novel. There are instances where the story slows and feels a little bogged down with the events taking place. This is the greatest flaw I found in Taken. There are instances where the story seems to pause, before continuing forward.

The descriptions, red herrings, and foreshadowing are kind of brilliant. There is one theme, which I won't mention because of spoiler issues, that keeps popping up throughout the novel. I was impressed with Bowman's ability to notice and remind the reader of every minute, yet important detail.

Though slightly predictable, Taken still offers a great number of twists and turns. Even if the reader sees something coming, Bowman's writing still captures the reader's attention. All of this, of course, leads to a very promising conclusion that will make the reader beg for the sequel.

I recommend Taken to fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and other popular dystopian novels. If you want a book rife with characters fighting against their political restraints, as well as themselves, messy romance, and imperfect male protagonists, then I strongly recommend this one for you.


Oh my goodness, I cannot wait for this one! I think it's the book I'm most excited for this year :)


OH MY GOSH I NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED this now. *SPAZZING OUT* Tehe. Since starbryte76 mentions it.. Book Haven Extraordinaire would fangirl to get on the tour as well! ;)


Bella's Bookshelf would love to be on the tour for this book ;)
It's Bella's Christmas Wish. That, and Santa Snarkles granting her Book Wishlist <3


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