April 22, 2013

Review of 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 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?


add to goodreadsTaken (Taken #1) by Erin Bowman
Publication Date:  April 16, 2013
Publisher:  HarperTeen

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Gabby NewI’ve been seeing Taken on a lot of Goodreads lists and have been meaning to start reading it sooner or later. There have been a lot of positive responses to the novel and the constant use of the word “heist” with barely any definition behind the word’s importance. As you can imagine I wanted to find out just what a heist is (since I don’t think it’s meant to reference illegal activity). By the time I started reading Taken by author Erin Bowman there was no way I was going to stop reading for two reasons: There are just way too many twists and the mystery behind the Heist is one I needed to solve.

Taken follows the life of main character seventeen year old Gray Weathersby who has grown up inside the village Claysoot. In this dystopian world, there are no men only teenage boys because when a boy turns eighteen he is Heisted; stolen away by an unknown force and never seen again. When Gray’s older brother Blaine is Heisted he discovers a secret that his entire family tried to keep from him… he isn’t just Blaine’s younger brother. He’s Blaine’s twin.

Gray is eighteen and hasn’t been Heisted and that fact forces Gray to question everything he has ever known about Claysoot’s way of life. With the girl he’s fallen in love with, Gray jumps over the wall that divides Claysoot from the unknown. All that’s known about the wall is that if you jump it, you’ll return dead. When Gray goes over the wall he finds himself saved by members of a city that owns real technology and is ruled by an evil man. Gray finds himself joining the rebellion in hopes of saving everything he has ever known, however the price of trying to bring justice to the broken world is high and could result in Gray’s death.

Usually when it comes to dystopia I find that eventually every novel usually shares the same plot as some other novel that I’ve read. Definitely not the case with Taken. It’s unique in every way, I found and I think that readers will enjoy how refreshing Taken is in comparison to most dystopia novels. Even the romance in the novel was unique, especially since it wasn’t in your face romance but instead the type of romance that makes you question it and makes you fall in love with the love shared between the two characters. Personally I loved the traditions that were made in Taken and that are found in the town of Claysoot, everything felt realistic (for a dystopia). However not every question is answered in Taken and I hope that the secrets will be answered in a sequel.

Gray is the type of character that I think will appeal to male readers as well as female readers. He goes off on a whim and doesn’t really think situations through. He’s emotional and he gets violent a lot. I think that out of all the male protagonists’ in the YA-verse Gray is definitely an addition to my top list of guy characters in general. I want more Gray and I want more romance. I want more broken hearts and I kinda want to re-read the novel at some point in time.  Ladies, you will totally fall in love with Gray I promise.

I’d recommend Taken to readers who are looking for a refreshing dystopia, readers who want a memorable main characters and fans of cliff-hangers and plot twists because Taken is just packed full of them.


About the Author:


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 husband 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 Harvey Klinger. Her debut novel, TAKEN will be published by HarperTeen on April 16, 2013.

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter  | Goodreads


  1. Brooke

    I was not thrilled with this. I didn’t like the MC at all. I could not connect with any of the characters, actually. And there was so much information presented but not followed up on. The MC showed barely any growth, and I hated how you were presented with his character to begin with. I loved this cover and had really high hopes having read the blurb, but they were not met. I doubt I will go on to the next book in this series.

  2. Chapter by Chapter

    It’s too bad that Taken didn’t work for you :( The cover is very catchy and the blurb does sound way amazing.

    – Gabby

  3. Natalie Aguirre

    I really thought this was unique too. Life in Claysoot was intriguing enough and I loved finding out what the world held on the other side of the wall. Thanks for the great review.

  4. Chapter by Chapter

    I definitely loved the world that Taken was set in too. Such an original and fun read.

    – Gabby

  5. I am glad to find a review where someone likes this, I think this sounds so fascinating. Great review.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  6. Chapter by Chapter

    Thanks, it is as fascinating as it sounds.

    – Gabby

  7. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed this one. So many reviews have been on the low end I was a bit worried for this one. I really think it sounds good but I’m going into it cautious I think.

  8. Chapter by Chapter

    I totally think you need to check this one out, thanks for checking out the review :)

    – Gabby

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