Published by Harper Collins, Harper Teen on April 16th
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
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?
I admit, I haven’t picked up any Dystopians lately, mostly because I was tired of the genre. But. Taken sounded so intriguing that I definitely wanted to read it!
Mystery over Mystery!
The people of Claysoot live like in the dark age, only that they are ruled by women and the boys disappear with 18. Needless to say those woman try to ensure their survival and each boys needs to make some babies. It’s not as cruel and forced as in other books I read with a similar topic, but still leaves me uneasy.
Their living place is tightly secured by a big huge wall which keeps everyone keeps from running away, because behind the wall only death awaits. No one has a clue who build this wall in the first place and what is truly behind that kills all runaways.
Boys just disappear …
The most intriguing mystery of the first part of the book most definitely was the inexplicable disappearance of all boys on their 18th Birthday! Truly, I loved figuring out the mystery behind this. Was it magic, or something else. And .. of course, I won’t tell you – this you have to find out yourself. Gray is the boy who is just about to turn 18 and he’s a rebel, he doesn’t want to die or disappear. There is a spark inside of him that makes him stand out. His rebellious nature is paired with stubbornness and recklessness and this all makes him stand out so much more!
The story couldn’t have been told from a better POV than Grays! I loved getting in his head and following all his thoughts and desperate wish to survive and figuring out all the mysteries of Claysoot and .. there are so many!
Surprising Twists and some intriguing relationships!
The story comes with some amazing and mind-blowing twists and I beg you all to stay away from reviews that might spoil you the surprise. I didn’t know anything and I was more than surprised to find out about the big mysteries!!!
Gray definitely rocked the book for me, but of course there is a little romance and also some other relationships to be formed. The romance was rather uniquely played and didn’t melt my heart completely. Especially when a Love Triangle was introduced… But, I’m a hard judge when it comes to romance, so other readers might not have the same issue! Personally, I missed deeper emotions and butterflies.
Also, the book changed completely towards the middle and I needed some time to adjust to the new situations thrown at me! Basically, there is a lot going on in this book and new mysteries and twists left me on edge the entire time.
(I was torn between 3.5 and 4… settled then with 4..)
Taken by Erin Bowman comes with a unique setting and a thrilling plot full of mysteries! Telling the story from a Boy POV was not only necessary but was something I completely loved about the story. My main concerns were the relationships and romances as I felt like they lacked emotion and didn’t woo me over completely. However, Taken is a great kick off into a new series and I am looking forward seeing where Erin Brown takes us and Gray next!
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