Taken

Taken

Book - 2013
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"In the isolated town of Claysoot, every male is mysteriously "Heisted" on his eighteenth birthday, and seventeen-year-old Gray Weathersby is determined to figure out why"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : HarperTeen, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062117267
0062117262
Branch Call Number: BOW Y
Characteristics: 360 p. ; 22 cm.

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evami12
Jul 01, 2016

It is great. The story is tense and exciting until the very last page. The ending is abrupt and will leave you begging for more.

FindingJane Aug 18, 2014

This novel is a taut, suspenseful read from the very first page. I have to admit that I was taken aback by it quite a few times. I’d thought that I was going to be reading about a society ruled entirely by women, much like Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “Herland” or Wen Spencer’s “A Brother’s Price”. But “Taken” is so much more than that, jolting me much as it does the main protagonist.

Gray Weathersby is a curious, restless, impulsive truth seeker but his assumptions get continually challenged. Even when he thinks he’s grasped the truth, it slips out of his fingers. His journey is one that tasks him body and mind and it’s great to read how he stretches and grows beyond the rigid existence that he knew. The people around him also face challenges and their lives flesh out the book considerably.

However, a few things nagged at me. When Gray is suspected of being a dangerous entity sent to spy on or murder the rebels, he’s given a hasty judgment by a kangaroo court that barely questions him before delivering sentence. Much later, he’s subjected to a thorough interrogation to prove his humanity. Why wasn’t the interrogation performed before the tribunal rather than after it? He would have been wrongfully executed if they’d judged him guilty. Also, Gray is angered by the Heist and horrified by the extremes of the totalitarian regime into which he falls. But when he learns that the rebels torture people for information, there isn’t so much as a flicker of anguish from him.

In spite of his questioning of his narrow existence in Claysoot, Gray proves too eager to throw in his lot with the dissident faction and unwilling or unable to challenge their own bleak worldview. Murder, execution and torture occur in their world just as easily as in the fascist establishment he seeks to topple but he doesn’t say a word against it. He also proves fickle about his would-be girlfriend and yet quick to spurn her when she seems as fallible as himself.

No one is perfect and Gray is as far from that as you can get. But a more balanced view would have made this a better book.

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BethW429
Mar 29, 2014

Great distopian society, but near the end I started getting depressed on how it was going, I finished it, though, good read.

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OneRepublicFan
Sep 20, 2013

Really good book! if you have seen the village, its sorta like that in the beginning, but then it just gets really really good! i totally didn't think it was going to turn out the way it did. i was skeptical at first but its definitely a must read. the next book is called frozen.

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emilyswartzer
Jul 25, 2013

In Taken, the Heist happens whenever a boy turns 18 at midnight. They disappear. Grey's brother is turning 18 soon and that means his Heist will be a year later. A very exciting read. Erin Bowman did a wonderful job. the sequel Frozen,will come out April 15th 2014.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: Taken is a young adult science fiction novel about a small town where every boy disappears on his 18th birthday. I went in really excited about the twist that this book would present, anticipating a long, suspenseful, torturous journey through deceit and adventure. Less than halfway through the book, the secret was out and the characters were dealing with the aftermath. That was a legitimate choice of the author, but I was looking forward to a long mystery, not a more typical action-filled dystopia. Meh.

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kesha1123
Jul 01, 2013

I was completely enthralled by Taken. Most of my predictions were wrong and I was pleasantly surprised the directions the novel continuously took from the ensuing, sure to be turbulent love triangle to the mission that will carry over in book Two.

hbolur Jun 29, 2013

I love all dystopian-style books. I thought that Taken was a mix of a few others I have read (perhaps Gone and Variant rolled into one?). It kept my interest and had lots of twists and turns throughout the book. It was a bit too predictable, though, but overall a good read. And I'm looking forward to her next book!

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ychi
Jun 22, 2013

I really didn't care about this novel. Gray is perfectly acceptable as a protagonist, but hardly remarkable in any way, even as the love triangle tries its hardest to characterize him. I hardly remember any of the supporting cast as well, aside from the soft, sweet girl who Gray initially goes steady with and the prickly girl who he transfers his love to--because he wants to hurt the first girl who "betrayed" him by sleeping with someone else when she thought he was dead. This smacks of a convoluted and unhealthy relationship. The potential for solid world-building there, and it most likely will be expanded upon in the next novels of this trilogy. However, Taken is standard dystopian-fare with a straightforward plot and a lack of truly enjoyable characters. Not recommended.

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Dec 18, 2013

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