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Taken Hardcover – April 16, 2013
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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.Read more ›
TAKEN stands out among the large current crop of dystopias because of its well thought out plot and intriguing characters. Grey Weatherby is the younger more impulsive brother. When his older brother Blaine reaches eighteen and is removed from their town of Claysoot--"heisted" as the residents say, Grey doesn't know what he should do next. When he finds a part of a letter that his mother wrote Blaine as she was dying, he begins to look for answers to the new questions it brings up.
Grey decides to climb the wall that surrounds Claysoot, even though everyone else who has tried has been found near the inner wall as a burned up body. Learning that he was a twin and has passed the time when he should have been heisted, makes him believe that he will be able to successfully cross over the wall. But he doesn't go alone. Grey has had a crush on Emma, the healer's daughter, for a long time but she seemed to prefer Blaine. Now that Blaine is gone and Grey has been slated for Emma, they become better friends. When Grey leaves, Emma follows him. Together they discover a world that they couldn't imagine.
This story has it all--exciting adventure, great danger, a dastardly villain, and noble rebels--and Grey and Emma find themselves in the thick of it. There is even a potential love triangle as Grey meets a rebel girl named Bree who fascinates him with a courage and recklessness much like his own.
Fans of dystopias will enjoy this one. I know that I am eager to read the next book in this trilogy myself.
On one hand, there were a lot of cool ideas and elements that made Taken an interesting read. I loved the concept of the Heist we learn about. Boys mysteriously disappear at age 18, leaving the compound they live in, Claysoot, filled with mostly kids and women. This society is met with harsh conditions and how it has adapted to survive was sort of an... interesting aspect of the book. Obviously childbearing is encouraged at a very young age and almost mandated in certain ways otherwise they would die out. I'm not sure how I feel about that yet. It's fascinating in certain ways but also a bit awkward and disturbing to think about. There is no time for love or commitment. Desperate times call for desperate measures and all that, right? But the thing about it was, I was completely interested. It felt unique and mysterious which is a huge bonus for a dystopian read. As we learn more about the world outside of Claysoot I must admit my interest waned a little bit. It lost some of that spark that had me glued to the pages, er my nook, wanting to know more.
Our main character, Gray, is dealing with the loss of his brother to the heist but stumbles upon secrets that make him question everything about his life and that of his people. Wanting answers, he makes the decision to search for them, even if it means death.Read more ›
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This was a majorly cool premise in which a small village only holds their males up to the age of 18. At that time, they are “Heisted” at midnight. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Carol Riggs
This was supposed to be discounted for having not used the 3 day shipping on prime yet I was charged full price. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Katherine M.
I really enjoyed this entire series!! A good read for sure!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I had a wonderful time reading this book, don't get me wrong. It is well written and has a good plot, but the thing I could get over was that this book is the EXACT SAME as the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by h.g.2323
The novel Taken, written by Erin Bowman, is the first in a four book series including; Stolen, Frozen, and Forged. This novel is one of my personal favorites. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Margaret Crowell
For every man in the enclosed town of Claysoot, when midnight breaks on your eighteenth birthday, the heist will take you. Read morePublished 4 months ago by hs
Takes a while to get into....interesting story line. Some resemblance to other dystopian novels. About to read the 2nd book. Hopefully it will get more excitingPublished 5 months ago by T Nowlin
I won't write a long review, because I think that my thoughts about this book have already been summed up in many of the other 3-star reviews. This book was just okay. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Katherine