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Stolen Paperback – April 1, 2012
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Grade 9 Up While 16-year-old Gemma is en route to Vietnam from England with her parents, she is drugged and kidnapped from the Bangkok airport. She regains full consciousness in a rustic house deep in the Australian Outback with a 25-year-old man who is going to keep her forever. Ty never sexually abuses her, but she is truly a captive. Little by little, Ty wears down her defenses as Gemma realizes that escape is impossible. Soon she discovers the stark power and vibrancy of the wilderness and becomes absorbed in it. She also learns that Ty has been stalking her for years, devising a crafty plan to steal her away to make her love him which she ultimately believes she does. Ty's capture, taming, and release of a female camel effectively parallels Gemma's ordeal. Her unique first-person narrative is written to Ty after her release. Both characters are as vivid as the desert setting in which they are immersed. Despite the fact that Ty is a kidnapper, the revelations about his difficult youth and his usually caring behavior allow readers, like Gemma, to eventually care about him. Disturbing, heartbreaking, and beautiful all at once, this book is the antithesis of the situational horror in Elizabeth Scott's Living Dead Girl (S & S, 2008). Diane P. Tuccillo, Poudre River Public Library District, Fort Collins, CO
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Drugged and kidnapped from her parents at the Bangkok airport, English teen Gemma wakes to find herself in the weirdly beautiful but desolate Australian outback. Her only company is her captor, a handsome young Australian named Ty, who is obsessed with her. Indeed, he tells her that he has been watching her since she was a child and now plans to keep her with him forever. Told in the form of a letter Gemma is writing to Ty, Christopher’s first novel is a complex psychological study that is also a tribute to the hypnotic beauty of the outback, which Ty passionately loves and feels has been “stolen” by those who would exploit it for gain. Though Gemma at first hates both her kidnapper and the landscape, she gradually begins to warm toward both. Some readers may feel the novel is weighted down by too much symbolism (if the outback is Edenic, watch out for a serpent!) and find Ty to be too sympathetic a character, but at the same time these potential drawbacks offer ample opportunity for thought and discussion. Grades 9-12. --Michael Cart --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top customer reviews
The plot did not quite go where I thought it was going to go and I had a lot of mixed feelings about the characters and the ending. Although I wasn't as fond of the romance aspect of this novel (because I felt it downplayed the novel as a young adult romance from the initial psychological young adult thriller that I anticipated it being, the characters and the setting of the story were quite captivating. There was so much more to Gemma's life than meets the eye, Ty isn't as much of a psychopath as he is played up to be, and the description of the Australian Outback is both incredibly beautiful and powerful, at times almost feeling as if I could in fact be in that hot and exotic environment. Overall, the novel was compelling in several ways despite the exaggeration of romance in it and I would recommend it to anyone that loves a good young adult novel that gives readers a wonderful sense of a beautiful Australian landscape.
Gemma's story is told through her eyes in a letter to her abductor, experiencing the moments of confused emotions, fear, and hope. This was a great read, that only took a short time to get through. A great rainy day book. I give this a four star review for the readability and the author's skill at enticing our minds to live with her capture for those weeks.
The end (last 20%) redeemed itself some which is what allowed me to give it another star. Overall very poorly done. A much better option with a similar story line is Paper Swan by Leylah Attar.
I loved the character development in the lines of the story and the plot.
I held my breath to see if Gemma was going to live or die.
. I sweated out the anxious trip to Perth for emergency intervention.
I cried when she said good- bye to the camel. ..and good- bye to Ty.
I loved that Ty saved her as a young girl and as his captive, his love- however jumbled- "Greater love hath no man than this: That he lay down his life for his friend". - his love saved her. He loved her. She loved him. I wonder what would have happened after 4 months? My mind is still buzzing back and forth from this book I couldn't put down.