Release Date: April 16th, 2013
Source: ARC from Publisher
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?
It was inevitable that I would pick up TAKEN by Erin Bowman when I set eyes on its cover. The rich colors and eye-popping text placement were both a combo I’ve never seen before. So yes, inevitable.
But while I enjoyed the debut, I can’t say I loved it as much as the cover.
Gray Weathersby lives in Claysoot, a world where boys disappear on their eighteenth birthday. There’s a Wall surrounding Claysoot, but escaping only gets your burned body sent back to your mourning family.
And while that sounded interesting, the turn the story takes mirrors that of a dystopia. Its mildly reminiscent of THE MAZE RUNNER, and I believe that if TAKEN had released around then, I would have loved it. But dystopian has been overdone frankly, reducing my potential love for this book to like.
Genre aside, the characters of TAKEN are positively fleshed out. Especially Gray, the main character. He has a fiery, impulsive attitude that differs greatly from his brother’s – and is one of the propellers of the plot.
The plot itself was interesting, with a mix of sci-fi in the mostly dystopian filled bowl. There was quite a few pages of ongoing description, which was more telling than showing, but it’s easy to ignore. The romance was more of a side thing – which was a plus.
All in all, TAKEN is a good start to a new series by debut author Erin Bowman. I could see myself loving it had a few things been different. But I really did enjoy the book – especially the fast-paced, last quarter of it.