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Taken Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 9, 2007
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Charity is the narrator of Taken, and the book begins with her strapped to a stretcher in an unknown location, wondering whether her captors will have to remove a body part in order to find her personal GPS tracker. (An acquantance of hers has a badly replaced ear for that very reason.) The story alternates between Charity in the present in her captors' hands and Charity's memories of the past as they relate to her predicament (everything from kidnapping protocols to the faux Edwardian servants and Christmases favored by members of her elite community).
This book is well written as a story, but it is also a fable that might make some teens think a little more about how social stratification affects their lives. I bought another newly published book this week which turned out to be a fable about social stratification, too, though The Castle Corona by Newbery winner Sharon Creech has a medieval/fairy tale setting. (Some middle schooler looking for a great writing project for school should compare and contrast the two books!)
Look for Bloor's satirical take on other issues in Taken--the ineffectual satellite-based schooling, the wonky health-care system, the artificiality of vidqueen (and Charity's ex-stepmother) Mickie's "documentaries," and the crass cruelty of rich, purposeless young people.Read more ›
When Charity finds herself taken by mysterious men in an ambulance, she decides to follow the rules to the letter to ensure that she'll be delivered safely home as soon as the ransom is paid. But the longer she spends with the kidnappers, the more clear it becomes that their plans are more complicated than she could have imagined.
TAKEN puts readers right inside Charity's head, making every moment of the kidnapping as vivid as if they were experiencing it themselves. Charity's reactions are believable and poignant. With every frightening development and shocking twist, readers will find themselves right there with her, quickly turning the pages to learn what will happen next. Charity herself is a strong heroine, practical, scared, yet not afraid to put up a fight when she has to.
Readers may have a hard time relating to the world the novel portrays and the isolation in which Charity now lives with her family's newfound wealth. The society seems very strongly divided between the rich and poor, with little room in between. Nonetheless, it provides a pointed commentary on many of the advantages the privileged in today's world take for granted, and the struggles of those who do not have those advantages. TAKEN is sure to provoke thoughtful discussion among its readers.Read more ›
The story is much to complicated and it explains nothing at all about the events in the plot! I was expecting from the summary an interesting book for some summer reading. But this book was terrible! The ending doesn't end anything! it doesn't give any answers! All in all I would strong advise for you not to read this book.
The book is interesting and easy to read. I enjoyed it, but my criticism is about the ending which is too sweet / too good to be true.
Now. This book confused me at times and still does.. I wish it ended differently then it had.. and I just. I don't know. It was alright.
But if you were a fan of hunger games and divergent or TFIOS.. don't pick up this book. You will feel like you down graded... ALOT.
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Wonderful book, keeps you on the edge of your stretcher at all times! Loved the ending very 'Happily Ever After' eskPublished 23 months ago by Summer Fulghum
Slow at first but midway through very fun and thrilling! Great twist at the end and a nice wrap up.Published 23 months ago by BFB
A very fun read for a wide range of ages 13 and older. Discovered Edward bloor on my daughter's summer reading list and love this author!Published on July 2, 2014 by Henry Family
i think this book is amazing honestly. this is my third or fourth reading it and some of the reviwers say the plot is unrealistic... Read morePublished on January 3, 2012 by D. eubanks
I buy my 11 year old daughter the sunshine state readers. I started reading this one before her, and I am shocked and appalled at some of the things mentioned in it and I do not... Read morePublished on December 23, 2010 by Americana