Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Badass Books: Taken

I have been waiting for Taken for a long time. I was excited to finally read it, and now I'm more excited to talk about it (I'd say share it with you, but I'm guessing a lot of you read it this month as well). So, let's dive right in.

Look at that beautiful cover!
Summary (From Erin's website)

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?

Why I read it: So many reasons. First: Erin Bowman is the bomb dot com. I've followed Erin on Twitter and on her blog for a little over a year now--one of the late to the party people in this lovely YA community that I call home. I followed her before I even realized she was agented or slated to be published or any of it. When I finally figured it out, I couldn't wait to not only read it but to be a cheerleader and a pusher of her book. So here I am--pushing. It's also the YA Book Club read this month! As always, spoilers in white.

ZOMG Yes!  I loved the start of this book--the way Erin described the world. How she was able to tie me (as a reader in a technological society) to the town of Claysoot. Then I really  loved how she described the technological world that Gray got thrown into. His reactions felt very honest and real. I also loved the pace of this book. I read it on the plane this weekend on my way to my cousin's wedding, and I tore through it. I can easily see this becoming the next big YA movie or TV show.

More than all that--I loved the characters in this story. I liked reading a YA novel from a boy's perspective, and I liked how the women were described through his eyes. So many strong females in this book! Bree is by far my favorite, and I can't wait to see what happens with the sequel! Spoiler: (In other words--I'm team Bree. I think Emma should end up with Blaine.)

This one was also one of the books on my Debut Author Challenge list!

kthxbai I would put this book up there with The Hunger Games as far as dystopians go--just with a boy in the lead. So if you like dystopians, you should definitely pick up Taken, and then tell everyone you know about it. :)

What did you think? Did you read Taken this month? Leave a link in the comments!


  1. I had the same exact thought about Emma. She and Gray just don't fit well together, imo.

    If John Green hadn't already snapped me out of my no boy narrators phase, Gray sure would've done it here.

    1. Totally with you. And Bree is just so awesome.

  2. I also loved how Gray described our everyday items like cars and roads and buildings. It was cool seeing them from this outsider perspective.

  3. Another "plane reader" :D I also read TAKEN on a plane while going on a business trip last week...Gray´s voice was really something that pulled me in and the book was such a page-turner!

  4. Bree was my favorite character too! That scene that takes place just after she and Gray go drinking... Perfection.

    1. Um, yes. I laughed out loud and probably disturbed the other passengers on my flight.

  5. I'm so with you on pacing. I could not put the book down, which was a good thing, because I had to read fast! I, too, think TAKEN would make a great TV show or movie. :) I can't wait to read the next book!