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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (November 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1619631237
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619631236
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up–Amy Fields walks out of her A Level exams required for entrance into the Royal Academy; she is still grieving over her mother's death and cares little about the future. Her rich father and new stepmother hope that sailing around the world will allow much-needed family bonding, but the idyllic trip ends when Somalian pirates seize their yacht and hold them for ransom. Tension is palpable as the frightened family and crew become pawns in the businesslike negotiations. Although carefully guarded with machine guns, the British teen observes a pecking order among her captors and befriends Farouz, the pirates' handsome translator. They share memories of personal pain that include Amy's mother's suicide, the execution of Farouz's parents, and the political imprisonment of his brother. Their stories are vivid and poignant, adding layers to a rich characterization, especially details of Somalian culture and mythology. Amy falls in love, understanding Farouz's vow to use ransom money to free his brother, but is startled back to reality when he agrees to follow orders to shoot her on command. Circumstances become dire when she learns secrets about her father's business that jeopardize their release, and rival pirates and the navy get involved. The author playfully tells Amy's account of the rescue the way she hoped it would play out, and then again, as it actually happened. The narrative twist is brilliant, taking readers on an emotional ride to the very last page.–Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NYα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review

* "Intelligent, empathetic, and eye-opening." -- Booklist, starred review, on Hostage Three 

* "Perceptive and harrowing. . . . An inventive narrative construction . . . plays on the highly unstable situation of this utterly compelling read." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Hostage Three

* "Vivid and poignant. . . . The narrative twist is brilliant, taking readers on an emotional ride to the very last page." -- School Library Journal, starred review, on Hostage Three  

* "This double-helix-of-a-story explores the nature of freedom, humanity, survival and hope. A dark journey well worth taking-engrossing, disturbing, illuminating." -- Kirkus reviews, starred review, on IN DARKNESS 

* "A startling but successful feat of literary imagination. . . . Powerful and moving." -- PW, starred review, on IN DARKNESS  

"A likely eye-opener for teenage readers. . . . In Darkness works on multiple levels by blurring realities--telescoping across time, between dreams and waking, and . . . between the depiction of Haiti by the artist and Haiti itself. This is what makes the novel so gripping." -- The New York Times, on IN DARKNESS 

"Remarkable. . . . Lake's elegant, restrained prose and distinct characters will reward adults and older teenagers able to brave a story with strong language, harrowing scenes of brutality and an almost painful stab of joy at the end." -- Wall Street Journal, on IN DARKNESS  

"A bold storytelling move ripe for reader discussion. . . . Provocative, daring, and sure to be polarizing. Lake does not shy from the graphic depiction of life in past or present Haiti. . . . Such grittiness elevates his story above and beyond more typical historical fiction and gives the events an edge not found in classroom social studies lessons. . . . Readers are sure to have a hard time looking away." -- VOYA, on IN DARKNESS


More About the Author

My name's Nick and I write books for younger readers. My latest, BLOOD NINJA, is about ninjas who are also vampires - because the only thing more awesome than a ninja is a vampire ninja.

I like all the things you like, and I hate all the things you hate. I swear.

I live in a picture-postcard village in Oxfordshire, protected by trip-wires, boobytraps and a fat, lazy tomcat. Life in a picture-postcard village is very nice, but it's a bit two-dimensional.

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I recommend this book for teens in grades 8-12.
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This is definitely a YA novel that's a good read for adults as well.
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The carefully crafted relationships make it unforgettable.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill Baker on November 30, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
You are Amy, off on an around the world cruise with your dad and stepmom; your mom died several years ago, and your dad was one of those guys who worked all the time until he was laid off; now you are with them – but – you really don’t want to be there.

You go through the Suez canal and a couple of days later you are captured by Somali pirates – they are going to hold you for a multimillion ransom – and they might kill you and your dad and new mom, along with the crew – they now call you ‘Hostage Three.’

But you notice one young guy – you fall in love with him and he with you – and facing possible death you wish you could spend the rest of your life with him in Somalia.

This is a now thriller – you could be hearing about this tonight – and what Amy and her friend do and the pirates as well makes this book read like a NASCAR race.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By justthemom on December 28, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
New favorite author. You literally believe that you are in the mind of an eighteen year old girl! Still, the author managed to make it fascinating even for a forty-something person! A must read. It reads like a nicholas sparks but has intrigue like a john grisham.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Tanenbaum VINE VOICE on November 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book, once I got past the fact that I couldn't believe that a private pleasure yacht would decide to go into pirate-infested waters off the Somali coast. Wouldn't they choose a different route? But I'm no expert in boating--just a question. However, after seeing Captain Philips and another Danish movie about Somali pirates, I found Lake's book hard to put down. Of course since it's a YA novel there's a romance involved between the heroine and one of the pirates, but I found that believable. This is definitely a YA novel that's a good read for adults as well.
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