Taken [NOOK Book]

Overview

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 ...

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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 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?

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Editorial Reviews

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
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!”
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: 9780062117281
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/16/2013
  • Series: Taken
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 16,047
  • Age range: 13 years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Erin Bowman used to tell stories visually as a web designer. Now a full-time writer, she relies solely on words. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband, and when not writing she can often be found hiking, commenting on good typography, and obsessing over all things Harry Potter. She is also the author of Taken.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted April 16, 2013

    I had a very vague idea (er...mostly no idea, actually) what TAK

    I had a very vague idea (er...mostly no idea, actually) what TAKEN was about when I began reading. Dystopian and some action? Cool, I thought. I'll read this on my transatlantic plane trip, and...

    ::times passes::

    I glanced up at the big TV-clock-thingy. WHAT?! We're already landing?! I forced myself to ignore the turbulent ride down to the tarmac--I WAS SO CLOSE TO THE END, and I just HAD to know what would happen!

    Fortunately, in case you were worried, I managed to finish just as the plane touched down. And then I managed to think about the book all the way to the baggage claim, all the way home from Stuttgart, and all through the next week too.

    Okay, so what did I enjoy so much? GRAY! GRAY, GRAY! It's SO refreshing to read some YA told from a guy's POV--a genuine guy-guy who feels real and rich. He's kickbutt yet also a sweetheart. He's impulsive and sometimes careless, yet he's loyal and determined. And every step he takes is both unpredictable yet utterly consistent with his character.

    I also adored the secondary characters--especially how the characters' relationships and emotions evolved as the story progressed and the stakes grew more intense.

    I don't want to give away the full story (the Heist is SUCH a delicious secret), but don't worry: the plot matches the characters in its development and depth.

    So if you're in the mood for action, dystopian, or a strong, truly heroic hero, then be sure to pick up TAKEN.

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2013

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    As soon as I read Taken, I immediately fell in love with the syn

    As soon as I read Taken, I immediately fell in love with the synopsis of this book. In Claysoot, there will be no male that is older than 18 years old. Every midnight of every boy's 18th birthday, they get heisted. "Heisted" is the term they use when suddenly the ground shakes and that certain boy vanishes. It's such a mystery, and I was just so excited to find out more about the story behind it. Gray, the main protagonist, is a 17 year old boy living in Claysoot. Gray's brother Blaine is 18 years old, and is soon to be Heisted. The world building in this book was very fascinating to read about. In Claysoot, everyone has to fight and hunt for what they need. Every boy also get's assigned to a girl, who they hang out with for a bit, and then might get assigned to another. Claysoot is also surrounded by a Wall, and who ever tries climbing out always comes back dead. 
    When Blaine get's heisted, Gray is left with a mystery to be solved. Reading a paper that his mother wrote to Blaine about him, Gray is itching for answers. We also meet Emma, who is their childhood friend. When Gray and Emma both start questioning the world they've always known, they end up with answers that lead them to even more questions. As the story unfolds, we really get to know Gray more as a character, and I gotta say it was very fun reading a book from a boy's POV. Trying not to spoil anything, I'm just going to say that we also get to meet more characters, and a certain character that I loved as well! I have to say that the romance wasn't heavy in this one, but I honestly dont' find that a major problem for me. They were to busy kicking-butt to have time for anything else! 
    Overall, Taken is a fast read that will leave you crazy for answers. The characters were fun to get to know, and Erin Bowman's writing was great as well! Like most dystopian books, I cannot WAIT to find out what happens in the next book! Readers of The Hunger Games and Slated would probably enjoy this one a lot!

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

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    All 7 reviews are plot spoilers. Please have consideration of other ppls feeling and stop revealing everything in your longwinded reports. We would like to read the book too, but there is no need to even buy the book after you tell everything.

    4 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 20, 2013

    3.5-4/5 As with everyone else, one look at the this cover and

    3.5-4/5

    As with everyone else, one look at the this cover and I was fated to read this book. Instanta love right here ya'll. I didn't even have to read the synopsis to know I would be reading this. Covers and me have a love hate relationship.

    I loved the whole idea of the story. Turn eighteen. disappear. Have to figure out why. You know how this type of story goes. It was a really fun read, and I will read the next in the series to find out what happens. I am invested. I just hope a few things are straightened out in the next one, and we will be just fine together.

    Gray. Our main fella. He's cool. He figures out something is wrong and he is a "I must solve this" type of guy. He puts up a front, but at heart he is a loveable dude. I enjoyed reading how his story unfolds and all the shenanigans he gets himself thrown into. I was rooting for him.

    My problem with his character. He is devoted to a girl from home. She follows him on these said shenanigans, BOOM trouble strikes, and it's like she is forgotten. Before we know it, he's got another girl in sights. I just got rather annoyed that this more than likely going to end up in my dreaded love triangle. I mean, COME ON. It's been done. I hate them. We are over them. Just stop already!

    I felt like some of the story just unfolds so fast. I wanted a little more, it was almost there, but I just didn't get it.

    Like I said. It's good. I wouldn't say great. But hey this could turn into a decent series. Hopefully the love triangle dissolves ASAP. The story is full of mystery and things of that nature. It's far from dull. promise. If you are in to those kinds of things, I would say check it out. It just isn't the mind blowing debut of a new series liked I hoped.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

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    A good story but too many inconsistencies to make it great. revi

    A good story but too many inconsistencies to make it great. review to come.
    I want to thank Net Galley and the Publisher, Harper Teen, for providing me with an eARC of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way influenced my opinion or review.




    Blurb from Goodreads:
    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?




    The blurb for this book sounded so great, I could not bear not to request a copy of it to read. What's more intriguing than a dystopian society where the men only live until they are 18, or at least only stay with the society until they are 18. It's a disturbing and unique concept. I was so curious how the author would keep this society going with such a strict age limit. So, imagine my surprise when I started reading and stumbled upon inconsistencies and loose ends. It drove me nuts!




    Cover love: yup, I have it. I just love this cover. I love the colors. Wow, they pop right out at you. The image of the tree, very important to the story. And the orange color which seems to almost be on fire, another important pat of the story. I can honestly say that this cover drew me right into wanting to read the blurb to see what it was all about.




    I enjoyed the characters in this book well enough. They are fairly well developed for the most part. However, this is nothing uniquely special about them. They are not memorable in any way. Also, given the fact that the characters had been living in a world where there was not technology of any sort, I was surprised at how quickly they were able to adapt to another world and didn't even question things or seem afraid of them.
    Gray is a hot headed teen who doesn't know when to keep his mouth shut. He leads with his heart, rarely looking to what might be right when thought about in his head. One important aspect of his character was that he didn't just let things sit, he asked questions. Although, I had a hard time believing that he really hadn't started asking them until he was 17, only 1 year from the Heist. He does grow in the story, finally understand how his actions will affect others. He shows promise in his growth, for sure, but he has a lot of maturing to do.
    Emma, she just annoyed me. She didn't want anything to do with Gray, and then suddenly she is into him. I didn't see the progression to be honest. From what Bowman wrote at the beginning of the book, she was always much more into Blaine, Gray's brother. I think the separation that happened very early on in the book, after Emma and Gray had established a relationship, really just killed it. She also just wasn't strong. I found her to be very passive and timid. At first, I thought for sure she wouldn't be, with how she came off when speaking to Gray, but that quickly turned around.
    Bree, well, here comes the love triangle. Yup, what else is new with a YA dystopian novel, right? It always has to be there. And, to be honest, it annoyed me. However, I preferred Bree's character over Emma. Bree is strong and strong minded. She's interested in what is good for all, how she can help the masses. And she's not interested in someone who doesn't see this. So her inability to click with Gray right away was not surprising. However, her falling for him kind of surprised me. Again, it happened much more quickly than I thought it would have.
    Frank is your typical good character turned bad. From the beginning I can tell there are things that just aren't right about him. He is too nice, he treats Gray too well. So I wasn't surprised when things turned around, to be honest. And, while we get an idea of who he is, I really don't understand why he created what he did or where he was going with it. (view spoiler)




    I liked Bowman's writing well enough. It's always nice to see a YA book written in a male POV. Her flow was pretty good. However, that's about where it stops for me. There was WAY too much going on with the plot. She introduced way too many new concepts and it left things untied, leaving holes in her logic. I felt like she just kept adding things to the story to try and give it more depth, but it was actually more distracting than anything else and it left so many loose ends. I hate loose ends. And I need things to relate and make sense. There were some mysteries that I certainly was not expecting for sure. I think those made the story line more intriguing and that is really what kept me going. 




    All in all I liked the concept of this book. If you like movies like The Village, then this will be right up your ally. However, I would not expect too much from it. It goes along well enough, but there is just way too much stuff introduced to keep in line and I really wanted to see more growth from the characters. By the end, I felt I had already read more than one book in this trilogy and I question how the author will keep readers entertained in the second installment of this series. There were too many loose ends, too much that was left untied in the end. I know this is a series, but in the end I need to understand motives and reasoning and it just wasn't there from the viewpoint of the "government" involvement.




    I can say that I will not rush to read the next installment in this series. It really didn't leave me wanting more or wondering where it would go.




    3 out of 5 stars from me.

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  • Posted April 20, 2014

    Addictive, amazing, awesome! Just three words to sum up this sto

    Addictive, amazing, awesome! Just three words to sum up this story. Gray is a well written character, and one to love for ages to come. He is timeless. Right up there with Peeta, Gale, and Tobias. I loved this story and cannot wait for the third book in the series to come out! I highly recommend this and the companion book Stolen and then book 2 Frozen!! Amazing story and great reading. Get ready because you will be addicted!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Roleplay anyone?????

    Reply to kelbie if u want only guys tho

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2013

    Jdk

    Kddk

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2013

    Liz to dylan

    Want a girlfriend? I want a boyfriend and you can be mine.

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2013

    Dylan to liz

    Sure

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2013

    Ash

    Yeah so thats y i thought u were a guy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2013

    Andrew

    Ill be there

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    Kato

    Name:Kato. Age:17. Looks:Brown hair that sometimes coveres his eyes. Tanned skin. He is well muscled but not huge. He has bright yellow eyes that have a wild look in them. He is about 6ft 4in. He is mostly wearing a black shirt and pants. He doesn't wear boxers or underwear. ( ;) ). Personality:Nice but he can sometimes get annoyed or angry. Note:He sticks up for his friends. And he never dates. Likes:Girls. Loves:Sex. Dislikes:Guys who hit on his girls. Hates:Fighting and dou.chebags. ^_^

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    Posted October 12, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2013

    Jaime Queen

    Name: Jaime - Age- fifteen - Looks - Medium height, tan, perfect body. Elbow long blond hair, slightly above average ti.ts - Other - Bis<3>exual, a sl.ut - Preferance -Female - Personlity - Hor.ny, funloving

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2013

    Alex

    Name:umm Gender: Male Looks Dirty blonde hair tall muscular with blue eyes wears blue muscle shirt and shorts

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    Dr. Gaius (guy-us)

    Gender: male age: mid-thirties looks: 5'9, brown eyes, neck-length brown hair, light stubble on a prominant and dignified jaw. Other: has a hot robot girlfriend who is realy into god and stuff in his head.

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    Posted October 6, 2013

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    Name: Devon
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    Age: 19
    Height: 5'4"
    Orientation: Bisexual

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    Nancy

    She has brown hair just under her chin and blue eyes. She wears a tight tank top and pants. And a jean jacket. Sge has a tight pus.sy and azz and is a vergin

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    Bane

    Name: Bane Age:14 Looks: small and thin with long brown hair streaked with blonde and blue eyes. Wears skinny jeans and band tees. Other: ask

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