Review |Taken by Erin Bowman

Format: Hardcover, 360 pages
Published: April 16th 2013
Genre: Dystopian
ISBN: 9780062117267
Age Range: 13-adult
Rating: 5/5
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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 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?”

Claysoot is a small town completely surrounded by a large wall and a dark forest. Although the residents have always been curious of what lies on the other side of the walls, they won’t risk trying to find out. Anyone who does attempt to discover the truth is found burnt to death. Within the walls there is something unfortunate that happens to every man on his 18th birthday; he gets heisted. The ground shakes, a light flashes and POOOF they disappear in front of everyone’s eyes.

Gray Weathersby is terrified of being heisted and his brother Blaine’s heist is right around the corner. Gray can’t imagine what life is going to be like without his brother, and worries for his brother’s young daughter. With their father having been heisted and the death of their mother to pneumonia, the brothers only have one another and Gray is soon to be alone. The brothers are only a year apart so he knows his time is fast approaching. He starts to debate if taking a chance on the wall is worth it since his fate is unknown either way.

“Taken” is a roller coaster of action and emotion. The characters are relatable and the story is unforgettable. I can’t remember the last time I started a sequel at 3 a.m. knowing I had to work just a few hours later. Bowman had the power to keep me guessing through the whole story and I can’t wait to continue with “Frozen” the sequel.

Thank you Erin Bowman for sharing this wonderful adventure with me and pulling me into a world that was so incredible.

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