There are no men in Claysoot. There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends…and he’s gone.
They call it the Heist.
Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate–until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets. The Heist itself. And what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot–a structure that no one can cross and survive.
Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken–or risk everything on the hope of the other side?
Pretty promising, huh?!
Taken is quite an easy read for me. Not because i had taken it lightly but because i had finished it in 2 days. The fact that i am used to reading dystopian nowadays made the pace seemed smooth though i admit, it had its ups and downs.
The short synopsis had taken me aback.. It caught my interest from there. A community with no definite history, with boys just disappearing in front of their eyes, at their 18th bday, without a clue what and why it was happening. So dystopian in nature! Somehow, the wall reminded me of the maze runner and the fear of what is outside of that wall reminds me of game of thrones. I liked the brotherly love of Blaine and Gray. At first, i like Emma, but somewhere along the road, that likeness died down. She had that spark before when the story started, but she became dull towards the end, esp. when she thought Gray was gone for good. Wrong move there, girl! (Pearl Harbor bells tolling!haha)
But bree, i like her a lot! With a strong character, i felt the connections between her and Gray more. And that one simple scene, “But if you wake up tomorrow and still wants me to kiss you, i will.” – Gray …awwww! I did love that scene… not as much as when it happened. I just didn’t like how they’ve executed it finally. Oh no! the romantic in me!haha
Blaine was not given credit much here. Owen, not enough fatherly emotions shown. And Harvey ended in the Hunger games’-like projection screen.
The first few chaps were fast-paced and filled with actions but dwindled when it became a history telling time. Plus the headquarters and the rescue mission and the escape part. It kinda became unconvincing. And slowly, instead of becoming attached with the characters, they became distant. You see, I told you, there were ups and downs.
Over all, Taken is okay and I enjoyed some parts of it. I dont hate it thats why i still want to continue reading Frozen and the prequel Stolen. Maybe, this time I will be drawn to them more.
Because i respect Erin Bowman. 🙂
My Rate For TAKEN:
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The Heists were only the beginning.
Gray Weathersby escaped from the primitive town of Claysoot expecting to find answers, but what he discovered shook him to the core: A ruthless dictator with absolute power. An army of young soldiers blinded by lies. And a growing rebellion determined to fight back.
Now Gray has joined a team of rebels on a harsh, icy journey in search of allies who can help them set things right. But in a world built on lies, Gray must constantly question whether any ally—or enemy—is truly what they seem…
Let it go, let it go…. oooppsss! wrong scene haha!
This is not the phenomenal movie of Queen Elsa and Princess Anna of the DisneyWorld, which is by the way I super loved. This is the second installment of Erin Bowman’s Taken. And i promise you, my take will not take much of your reading time.
Pilot will always be better than the rest. Or i dont know, i just didnt like this one. It was dull and it lost its taste. it got me bored to the brink of death, save for the one detail that maybe will be the topic of its finale when Erin writes it down.
Short and simple.
My Rate For FROZEN:
Before Gray Weathersby uncovered the truth about Claysoot and the Laicos Project, a girl named Bree came of age in the coastal settlement of Saltwater—and made her own surprising journey to the world beyond its borders. In Stolen, discover the story of Bree’s life before she was Snatched from her home, before she joined the rebellion, and before she met a boy named Gray…
This is what i am talking about loving the book, the story and the characters.
Eversince i met Bree… i rooted for her. Not for Gray or any love prospects for that matter. It is her personality that blew me away. Her strong, independent, scowling most of the time personality. And what did i get from the prequel? a lot of bree! and Lock.. and the chemistry between them. Their story was shortlived, but i felt it! And eventhough I have a very strong feeling that Bree is going to end up wit Gray…unless Ms. Erin Bowman changes the route on the final installment of the series. First love never dies! For me, Lock,was that first love for Bree! 🙂
Tragic but empowering. I like this novella the most!
My Rate For STOLEN: