Book Reviews

Taken by Erin Bowman


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Title: Taken

Author: Erin Bowman

My Rating: ****

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?

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It is no secret that I love dystopian novels but with the increase in popularity of the genre there have been many novels trying too hard to be the next Hunger Games or Divergent.

Taken by Erin Bowman is far from this. Although dystopian novels will always have the similar elements of poverty, powerfully government, escape and uprising, this book does it in the right way.

The main thing I loved about this book was that it took a different angle in where at first we think it is some form of higher being or magic which is heisting these boys at 18. It is not till we are almost half way through when we realise that there is actually more than what meets the eye.

I did really enjoy this book but I didn’t give it an overall 5 stars and this is because although the plot was solid, and the action kept me hooked. I found myself getting pissed off with the love story within this book.

Personally when people fall in love within one chapter and you don’t see it coming in the chapters before I find myself asking, “WTF?” Towards the end of this book the love story particularly pissed me off as I thought there should have been more emphasis on the action going on at that moment and not the protagonists thoughts about whether or not they love someone.

Overall though I would highly recommend this book, especially if you are a fan of the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu.

Tell me in the comments if you have read this book and what you thought about it.

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