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?
It's pretty awesome when a friend of yours has a book coming out, but it's also pretty scary. I mean...what if you don't like it? It's always a possibility, you know? Well, I was pretty ridiculous to have that worry when it came to my blog and Twitter buddy Erin Bowman's new book TAKEN because it was fantastic. This book was a total thrill ride from beginning to end, with twists and turns that kept me turning the pages like crazy.
My favorite thing about this book? I thought I had a pretty good idea where it was going to go...and then it veered sharply off of that track and into surprising territory within the first 100 pages. The more I read these days, the less I feel truly surprised, and I loved that this book really did take me to places I never expected and kept me guessing all the way through.
Then there's Gray, the narrator of the book. Oh, Gray. I love books from a male POV, and Gray's voice is authentic without being too much. Being in his head throughout this book is a total treat, and his loyalty and general badassery make him one of my favorite YA boys of the year so far. I can't wait for book 2 so I can get more Gray.
I'm not going to lie...I've had a bit of dystopian fatigue as of late. But TAKEN was fun and surprising and I feel like a jerk for ever doubting that I would love it. I guess my friends just really are that good.
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