Taken

Taken By Erin Bowman, Taken 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 i
  • Title: Taken
  • Author: Erin Bowman
  • ISBN: 9780062117267
  • Page: 432
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Taken By Erin Bowman, 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 questioThere 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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    1. Erin Bowman

      Erin Bowman used to tell stories visually as a web designer Now a full time writer, she relies solely on words She lives in New Hampshire with her family and when not writing she can often be found hiking, commenting on good typography, and obsessing over all things Harry Potter.Erin is represented by Sara Crowe of Pippin Properties, and is the author of the Taken Trilogy, VENGEANCE ROAD, and the forthcoming RETRIBUTION RAILS Nov 2017 and CONTAGION May 2018 PLEASE NOTE Erin does not check mail If you message her this way she will not see it For contact methods, visit Erin s website.

    590 thoughts on “Taken”

    1. Actual rating 4.5 starsWriting this review is extremely difficult for me, not only because I absolutely loved Taken, and writing reviews for books I love is usually a difficult process for me if you haven t noticed, I m not the most eloquent reviewer I use gifs and tend to swear Often , because I always feel like I am not doing the book I m reviewing justice with my words, and other times, I m just at a loss for said words Though with Taken, that is not entirely why writing this review is so dif [...]


    2. Such a shame especially that up until almost halfway I would have given this book a good 3 stars It has such a unique premise with a super intriguing world that could have been awesome had it been executed much better Unfortunately with an insufferable protagonist, the world building and plot were all that this book had left, and after seeing the halfway mark come and go, I realized that in both of these aspects it was beginning to fail miserably and it didn t stop Gray Weathersby is not a likea [...]


    3. Based on the premise, I thought this could be the novel that would change my perception of the YA genre Unfortunately, it only further degraded the genre for me.Predictable, underdeveloped characters, and weak plot After the first 50 pages or so, the novel started going downhill It s a surprise that I managed to reach page 266, but by then it was unbearable I had to put the novel down before I end up rating it 1 star The biggest question is for you YA lovers is, Was the novel really that bad And [...]


    4. I had a very vague idea er.ly no idea, actually what TAKEN was about when I began reading Dystopian and some action Cool, I thought I ll read this on my transatlantic plane trip, and times passes I glanced up at the big TV clock thingy WHAT We re already landing I forced myself to ignore the turbulent ride down to the tarmac I WAS SO CLOSE TO THE END, and I just HAD to know what would happen Fortunately, in case you were worried, I managed to finish just as the plane touched down And then I mana [...]


    5. Taken is one of those books that relies on secrets and lies to build suspense leading up to the big payoff, which means two things One, unfortunately it s a tough book to review because spoilers are a definite no no, can t ruin it for those of you yet to read it, can I But importantly two, what s behind the curtain has to be good, or at least worth the price of admission of pulling it back.And in Taken s case, it wasn t I want to say I felt like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz who s just peeked beh [...]


    6. So I really wanted to like this one, but I just didn t and the I think about it, the less I like it For me, the biggest problem was Gray, whose head we experience the world in If you don t like a protagonist in a novel that is narrated in the first person then that s an immediate problem one that is probably highly dependent on the individual reading Gray just didn t feel like a real character to me It was hard to explain exactly what it was I didn t like about his personality, but when I made [...]


    7. If you guess the big twist in the very first chapter, it definitely affects the way you view the rest of the book But then again, there are books films I can experience over and over again knowing full well what happens, and I still love them Unfortunately, this one doesn t fall into that category, even on first reading what a disappointment Review to come.


    8. It took me over a month to read Taken, which must be some kind of a record for me I don t usually do that I either finish the book right away, or I just give up Taken didn t grab me as it should have, but at the same time, I felt that abandoning it would be unjustified since there was nothing technically wrong with it In the end, I managed to talk myself into finishing it, but aside from a few gripping moments, my effort brought me no reward I should have saved myself the trouble.On the surface, [...]


    9. Taken was another book which I was extremely looking forward to reading It had a unique premise at 18 years old, boys in Claysoot are Heisted, why did this happen no one knew, but it was a ritual established in Claysoot for many years These boys were also meant to be slated before their Heist, these slatings were organised eventually to result in an offspring, so that they would continue their family line, before they were Heisted With everyone just accepting this extraordinary phenomena I was s [...]


    10. First of all Dystopian told in a male point of viewAnd let me tell you, Erin Bowman does not disappoint In Claysoot, men are in the minority, in fact, there aren t any past the age of eighteen At midnight on a boys eighteenth birthday, the Heist happens The ground shakes, the wind howls and a blinding light descends and he s gone The older residents don t remember much about how Claysoot came about only that they woke up and found themselves in the walled in city and shortly after is when the yo [...]


    11. After seeing some not so favorable reviews of Taken roll in, I was pretty wary going into the novel I was told by multiple sources to lower my expectations in hopes that if I did it would seem better So lower my expectations I did, and it did not work This novel was full of unrealistic conveniences, a terrible love triangle and a male MC who made me want to pull my hair out I don t really have anything positive to say about the novel so we will see how this goes I ll start with Gray What a terri [...]


    12. Bence daha ilk sayfadan okuru kitaba ba layan bir kurguya sahip Tutsak Heyecanl heyecanl ge ip duruyorsunuz sayfalar ama benim i in minik eksiklikleri vard Aksiyon y ksekti ama beni inan lmaz a rtacak eyler de bekledim a k as Yok art k dedirtecek birka ey olsayd daha g zel olabilirdi.


    13. Second chance is not the same as forgiveness Oftentimes, I don t read the blurb I usually add books to my list because of the cover and the genre By genre, I mean dystopia or sci fi most of the time And Taken is one of those books I really love the cover of this book like seriously.When I started reading the book, I have no idea what it was all about but after a few chapters, I understand what the book wants to deliver to me Though I sense a well used plot of something about walls , experiments [...]


    14. kinci kitap ne zaman kacak acaba imdiden bunu d nmeye ba lad m Kitaptan ger ekten ok keyif ald m Bir kere yazar n dili inan lmaz ak c yd Ve her ey yan ba mda oluyor gibi g z mde canland rabiliyordum Kitap distopya kli eleri ile doluydu Duvarlarla evrilmi bir b lge Sisteme kar gelen ve duvar a an 18 ya nda bir gen Yan b t n distopyalarda g rd m z eyler Ben kli eleri seven bir insan m yalan yok O y zden okurken hi s k lmad m Gayet keyif alarakta okudum Distopya okumaya yeni ba lam olanlar n daha d [...]


    15. Read This Review More Like It On My Blog I am so disappointed I had such a good streak going Three, nearly four, months and eighty books into 2013, I d only had one 1 star read before this I started Taken with high hopes that cover that synopsis that quickly, and I mean QUICKLY, plummeted from this is going to be good to Oh, no to To DNF or to not DNF to I just want this to be over Thankfully, my pain was rather short lived this time Taken is three hundred odd pages, but there s so little depth [...]


    16. Actual rating 2.5 starsSpoilers aheadThis is the most confusing book to review I probably won t even make sense, but I just have to try.There were so many things wrong with Taken, and I blame Gray s character development for the most part The plot is nothing new but it s still okay and the overall concept didn t feel dystopian whatsoever dystopia An imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one.Taken may meets this stan [...]


    17. I liked that Bowman tried to make this book different with the strange, and slightly disturbing concept But by the end, I felt that she pulled out all the stops, and it ended up being your typical dystopianE HEISTS I m a huge dystopian fan, but these days, there is such an influx of them, and they really do all start sounding the same So I m all for a different concept even if it s a bit riske I think Bowman was very bold to create a society where boys disappear on the 18th birthday They weren t [...]


    18. Woahat was seriously disappointing.I felt like this book had a dystopian check list on hand and just ticked the boxesunemotionally.I m REALLY sad about that I wanted to love it But and it could totally be just me I didn t connect.The premise is awesome though That s what originally drew me in It sounded sodifferentand goodness knows I ve read enough dystopians to be hungry for something different BUT IT WASN T view spoiler It was so so so much like the Divergent plot, I was surprised and kind of [...]


    19. 4.5 stars I loved this book It had me at the edge of my seat from the first page to the last.This was one of those books that you just want to hug because it was just THAT good.


    20. My review can also be found on my blog Collections.May contain minor spoilers.Taken started off good for me Even though I had an idea where the story was headed, I was still immediately intrigued with what the main character Gray was going through, and I really liked that the book was from the male perspective I couldn t wait to know about him and Emma, the girl he liked, and watch their relationship develop while they tried to solve the mystery revolving around the Heist.Unfortunately my feeli [...]


    21. I started this book on January 11, and I didn t pick it up at all in February Finally, sick of having it on my currently reading shelf, I picked it up again on March 18, and determined to power through Well, obviously I wasn t that into it to begin with if I left it alone for a month and a half It shouldn t take me two months to read a book.Picking it back up, I was even bored than before, with no patience for the unnecessary descriptions two boys are carrying water and either have blisters or [...]


    22. Source I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read to review basis Thanks to HarperTeen and Edelweiss Gray s brother Blaine is about to turn 18, which means that he will soon be lost to the heist Every male in Claysoot is taken at the strike of midnight on their 18th birthday, the ground shakes and a bright light envelops them, and then they are gone.With Blaine gone, Gray is alone, apart from Emma, a girl who was Blaine s best friend, who Gray has always had feelings for With Blai [...]


    23. It takes a little extra oomph for me to pick up a dystopian or paranormal novel over a contemporary, and for TAKEN it was the cover and mention of excitement on countless blogs for a Top Ten Tuesday feature I had heard about it here and there but hadn t really committed myself to reading it until so many blogs exclaimed excitement and I decided to look into it for myself.Full Review chickloveslit 2013 01 revi


    24. Kitab tek bir kelimeyle yorumlamam istenseydi , bu kelime YO UN olurdu A r yo un bir tempo , ac mazs z denilebilecek sistem, sistemlerAyr nt l Yorum i in hunharcaokuyankiz


    25. 3.5 Stars I feel like there was one reason in particular most readers would want to read this, to find out what all this Heist business is about I ve read several books just due to my interest level concerning the twist or the big reveal, but Taken has got to be one of the disappointing books in terms of its big twist The rest of it was mighty fine, and I would even stretch to say I was into most of itbut this twistI m obviously not going to reveal what happens, but it is discovered pretty earl [...]


    26. 2.5 5 TAKEN so many things going on and I don t know if I liked that part of it or not Start with a boy, almost a man really, who s resigned to what s coming and than just lost over what his brother and others like him have had to suffer Shift to that boy making some unexpected discoveries and then shift again to him being told how things are yet surprisingly enough accepting things as is Surprising given the fact that he s so loud, almost proud, about being reactive and gut feel about things v [...]


    27. TAKEN was a very promising debut novel The characters were well written and well rounded and the writing didn t get in the way of the story There was enough description and world building and the author didn t inundate us with large info dumps.TAKEN stands out among the large current crop of dystopias because of its well thought out plot and intriguing characters Grey Weatherby is the younger impulsive brother When his older brother Blaine reaches eighteen and is removed from their town of Clay [...]


    28. review to come.I ll concentrate on my reading than my review at least until March Sorry


    29. It seemed so interesting in the beginning.My Synopsis Gray had lived in Claysoot for about 17 years Every boy got Heisted at the age of 18 here There were no men The town was surrounded by the Wall People were told that no one could survive once they went over the Wall.Gray s brother, Blaine, was 18 and he got Heisted Gray was trying to find a way to get his brother back However, he discovered something .Bookpick The reason why I picked up this book is because this book had been on my shelf for [...]


    30. Fair warning this review will contain spoilers, ranting, and likely some swear words I was excited to get my hands on an ARC of this book It had some serious potential, and I couldn t wait to find out what that whole Heist situation was about But I quit reading at page 132, so I guess someone s just going to have to tell me Nothing major happened on that particular page, and I hadn t yet thrown the book across the room, but I d had enough The throwing fit was coming, and I could ve used an outle [...]


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