Release Date: April 16, 2013
Rating: 4 out of 5
Dystopians. By now you’d be living a rock if you didn’t know they are infiltrating the YA world. It’s getting progressively more difficult for authors to make their own world interesting, unique. After reading Taken, I can honestly say that it piqued my interest in the beginning, but after the quarter point, it turned into your typical YA Dystopian/on-the-run sort of story. Nevertheless, it was still thrilling and an exciting read that I enjoyed.
The characterization was not the strongest in Taken. I thought it was interesting that it was from male’s POV, Gray, but there wasn’t anything else that was too special about it. This could have easily been told from a female’s perspective with some roles switched. I did really like the brother-bonding between Gray and Blaine though; more sibling relationships are needed in YA! The romance did not partake too heavily in the novel. Unfortunately, there is a love triangle, but the romance only appears in the beginning and the end of the novel. I’m curious to see where the romance goes in the sequel for sure.
So what did I like about the story? As I mentioned before, the dystopian world the characters live in is highly engaging: boys disappear from their town, Claysoot when they turn eighteen and there is a Wall that cannot be surpassed. I was curious from the start, and as more answers were revealed however, Taken kind of strayed off into your typical dystopian story. I wasn’t bored though because Bowman keeps the tension on high and doesn’t slow down the plot pacing. I was thoroughly hooked to the story and the characters’ plans. Taken is a page-turner, to say the least.
To sum up, while the characters and romance weren’t the highlights of the book, and the dystopian excitement died out after a little while, the plot pacing in Taken is a redeeming factor. I’m interested in seeing how the rest of the series is headed so I’ll be picking up Frozen for sure. I recommend Taken if you’re a still can’t get enough of dystopians, of course!