Taken (Taken Series #1)

Taken (Taken Series #1)

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by Erin Bowman
     
 

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There are no men in Claysoot.

There are boys, but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday.

The villagers call it the Heist.

Gray Weathersby is prepared to meet his fate. But when he finds a strange note from his mother, he begins questioning everything he's been told about the Heist . . . and what lies beyond the Wall that

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Overview

There are no men in Claysoot.

There are boys, but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday.

The villagers call it the Heist.

Gray Weathersby is prepared to meet his fate. But when he finds a strange note from his mother, he begins questioning everything he's been told about the Heist . . . and what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds his primitive town, which no one can cross and survive. With no answers in sight, Gray must decide whether he should wait to be taken—or risk everything on the hope of the other side.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
“An action-packed, emotionally charged, plot-twisting adventure.”
Marie Lu
“An action-packed thrill ride from beginning to end. I devoured this in one sitting and might have gnawed a nail or two off from all the excitement. More, please!”
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Every boy in Claysoot is taken just after midnight the morning he turns 18 in what the villagers call the Heist. Every one, that is, except Gray. He and his brother, Blaine, are exactly one year apart in age, and when Blaine vanishes in a flash of light, Gray is grieved but unsurprised. However, the discovery of a letter left behind by his mother leads him to search through his own medical records where he discovers that he was not Blaine's younger brother but his twin. Compelled to learn the truth behind the Heist and the wall that surrounds his village, Gray and Emma, the daughter of the town medic, escape into the outside world-a world in which resources are scarce, rebels wage war against city dwellers, and allies are not what they seem. Although the characters are not particularly loyal or noble, they are very human and sympathetic for their flaws. The cliff-hanger ending, which finds Gray heading out into the wilderness in search of other walled communities, guarantees a sequel. Riding the popular wave of dystopian fiction, debut novelist Bowman has created a dramatic work that is reminiscent of Lois Lowry's The Giver (Houghton Mifflin, 1993) and will appeal to fans of Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games (Scholastic, 2008) and Lauren Oliver's Delirium (HarperCollins, 2011).—Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK
Kirkus Reviews
Debut author Bowman takes readers on a suspenseful trek through a dystopian landscape. Gray has reached the age of 17 in a primitive town that's defined by what happens to boys on their 18th birthdays: They are Heisted away, never to return. Gray is frustrated by the community's calm, resigned acceptance of the boys' shocking fate, so after his brother Blaine's Heist, he determines to go over the massive wall that contains the town to search for the explanation for their grim existence. Unexpectedly, his almost-a-girlfriend Emma follows him. On the other side of the wall, they are both captured--or possibly befriended--by the Franconian Order, which runs the modern, water-starved city of Taem. The story they are told is quickly contradicted by other information they discover, leading to the pressing need to identify possible helpers who might oppose the brutal followers of Frank or the rebels (including attractive Bree) who operate outside the city. The story is told in Gray's first-person narration, with occasional conveniently found documents to supplement back story that he can't provide. While suspense is often palpable, other times, plot elements don't fully add up--the Heists are conducted with helicopters (that no one sees because they've been drugged), and Emma remains safe but unfaithful in Taem after Gray escapes--diminishing the impact for discerning readers. In spite of a few flaws, readers will eagerly await the next installment. (Dystopian adventure. 12-18)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062117274
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/18/2014
Series:
Erin Bowman's Taken Series, #1
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
130,414
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Marie Lu

“An action-packed thrill ride from beginning to end. I devoured this in one sitting and might have gnawed a nail or two off from all the excitement. More, please!”

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