Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
Torn Hardcover – July 30, 2013
This month's Book With Buzz: "The Lying Game" by Ruth Ware
From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers "In a Dark, Dark Wood" and "The Woman in Cabin 10" comes Ruth Ware’s chilling new novel, "The Lying Game." See more
Frequently bought together
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up–Torn follows Ellie, a 19-year-old British medic, during her first few days in Afghanistan. Her squad is attached to a small troop of American SEALs who must find a hidden cache of arms and learn about a children's army that is fighting both the Western Coalition and the Taliban. Ellie becomes a surrogate big sister to a young prisoner of war and also deals with an intense attraction to the commander of the SEALs. This book covers a lot of ground in a short amount of time, which is probably realistic. Teen readers are dropped into the war alongside Ellie, and as she learns to find her feet, they do as well. Massey's writing is clear and down to earth. He conveys the horror of war, but never with gratuitous violence. He creates a solid sense of mood; wartime has intense energy, with almost constant fear and worry, yet there are also moments of calm and peace, and soldiers (and readers) grab onto those moments tightly when they appear. A thread of magical realism meanders through the tale, never enough to take readers out of the story, but enough to make one wonder: Is it the fog of war or something else? This only adds to the appeal of the book. An intriguing mystery and a terrific first novel.–Geri Diorio, Ridgefield Library, CTα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
*Starred Review* Vivid and terrifying action sequences light up this intense page-turner featuring a young British medic, Elinor, assigned to a forward operating base in Afghanistan. As if her oddly hostile tent mate, a weak commanding officer, an ambush on patrol, and an RPG attack on the compound aren’t challenges enough, the arrival of an American SEAL team, led by a disturbingly attractive lieutenant, sends Elinor’s support unit deep into Taliban territory. The mission: to find both a secret arms cache and also a missing journalist and her teenage daughter, Aroush. But Elinor has already seen Aroush, walking unharmed through vicious firefights just before someone dies. Then Aroush disappears—one of several mysteries that ultimately unfold into a tragic, ugly tale involving child warriors, an entire village massacred by drones, and corruption in high places. Displaying the bravado to bill herself the love child of House and Lara Croft, but more than just a standard-issue action hero, Elinor makes a winningly courageous, tough-minded protagonist-narrator who is nonetheless deeply affected by what she sees and experiences. Readers will be, too. (An afterword about children of war not seen.) Grades 7-10. --John Peters
Browse award-winning titles. See more
Top customer reviews
This book doesn't waste any time. Right after breakfast, Ellie is sent out on patrol with her fellow soldiers, having achieved some sort of truce with the peeping toms. She realized very quickly that getting along and ignoring her anger over the shower incident is trumped by the need for everyone to have each others' backs. This is emphasized big time when they come under sniper fire right after her fellow grunt, Yugi realizes he's stepped on an IED and if he moves, it will blow him to bits. Ellie remembers how she and her dad used to play guessing games relating to how much things weighed back home. She doesn't stop to figure out what the rulebook says, but drops her rifle and starts looking for something that she can weigh down so it will approximate Yugi's body weight. She's successful, but in the midst of the firefight, she sees a burka clad girl in a bright blue dress with flowers on it. She tries warning her off, but the girl seems to be unaware that she's in the middle of a fire fight.
When the dust settles following the skirmish, Ellie is in hot water, even though she saved Yugi. Heidi seems intent on getting her disciplined. The rest of her squad are in her corner, though and the base commander lets her off lightly, something that incenses Heidi even more. Once she's calmed down, Ellie starts wondering about the mysterious girl. She seemed surreal, but Heidi saw her and really freaked out.
The next patrol lands Ellie and her comrades in another fire fight. This time she sees the mystery girl take a stray bullet to the head. Determined to do what she can, Ellie and one of her fellow soldiers find a trail of blood. When Ellie climbs into the attic where the bloodstains lead them, she finds the girl, unscathed, crouching next to a boy who is dying from multiple chest wounds. He's beyond help, but Ellie tries comforting him while he dies. She learns that the girl's name is Aroush and that she and the boy are connected. While Ellie is comforting the boy whose name is Farshad, Aroush vanishes, but not before Ellie learns that both kids are part of The Young Martyrs who hate both westerners and the Taliban. Their goal is to rid Afghanistan of anyone threatening them, including their own government. Ellie finds a photo in Farshad's pocket that shows a family in front of a farmhouse with distinctive mountains in the background. There's an inscription on the back in English: "My angel. Keep this near your heart and remember me."
Ellie is about to embark on a mission, along with some navy SEALS. Ostensibly they're to locate an arms cache the Young Martyrs liberated from the Taliban, but there's a hidden agenda that involves the mystery girl, the remote village in the photo, a member of the U.S. Forces commander's family and the strained relationship between Heidi and Jackson, the charismatic leader of the SEAL team.
The key to everything is Husna, a boy captured during the fight where Farshad was killed. Ellie is assigned to interrogate him and begins to form a bond, based in part on their age and partly because she played soccer back in England and the boy wants to learn how to be a better player. Their evolving level of trust is a big part of the rest of the story.
There's plenty of violence in this book which may put off some younger readers, but make no mistake, it's all appropriate in the context of the story which, while stark and gritty, is in part a love story and is realistic as hell. I bought the book based on a two sentence description and found myself putting down the book I was currently reading in favor of this one. One thing that will make your understanding of the story and how it came to be a great deal better are the author's notes in the back. They must not be missed. This is a terrific read for any teen (or adult) interested in realistic fiction, or war stories.
Title Torn Author: David Massey
Private Elinor Wielson is a british medic. That was put in the SA80 Assault rifle team.On their first day of patrol they all got out of their patrol car. Private Wielson noticed that one of her squad mates was standing in the middle of the road frozen solid ,so she started to walk towards him and out of nowhere her squad mate Yugi starts to yell at her. He was shouting and saying stay back or i will shoot you.Wielson is wondering what's wrong with him at this point she realizes that Yugi is standing on an IED. Then they start taking fire from an enemy sniper but none of the bullets are even near them. Now Wielson notice that the bullets are getting even closer to her squad mate standing frozen on the IED. Two of her squad mates located the enemy sniper and the moved towards the enemy sniper and took the sniper out. Meanwhile private Wielson grabs a board and yells at her squad mate Yugi that she is going to put the board under him while he run”s like heck. Then they both get ready 1….2….3 Her squad mate Yugi takes off running while she jumps back and is ok.
I like when Private Wielson saves Yugi.
I had no dislikes about this book and liked this book and it was really good.