Review: Taken by Erin Bowman

Monday, April 15, 2013

Taken (Taken, #1)
Title: Taken (Taken #1)
Author: Erin Bowman
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date of Publication: April 16, 2013

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?

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My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Thank you so much to Sarah of HarperCollins for the review copy! Taken is also one of my top anticipated books of 2013 because who wouldn't want a book with THAT blurb and THAT cover? Dystopia has a special place in my heart because it's what made me love reading again and hence, indirectly made me a book blogger. And I love book blogging so I love dystopia! Please do not point out all the fallacies in that.

Anyway, honestly, it took me some time to finish Taken. I was so into it at first but then the negative reviews started trickling in and I got scared that I won't like it. So I postponed finishing it. It might be because I lost the momentum, hence only four stars, but I think I would have enjoyed Taken more if I read it in one sitting, as I should have. When will I learn not to listen to negative reviews as reviews are subjective? Sigh. Back to the review! So here are five reasons why you should read Taken NOW!

Five Reasons Why You Need to Read Taken NOW

1. Cover. Just for the cover, you simply have to own Taken. I think it's definitely one of the best covers of 2013 and one of the best of Erin Fitzsimmons, though all of her works are greater than great. All the elements (colors, the shiny, models, reflections, everything) meshed perfectly and I especially love how the letter 'K' hovers, showing the Heist without being too obvious. Just perfect. Love it! And then you open the book and you see the chapter breaks. Good lord.

2. Premise Seriously. Guys poofing when they turn 18? How awesome and mysterious is that? I thought it would only be about Gray finding out why guys undergo the Heist but I was completely wrong. The plot of Taken completely shocked me as I didn't expect that one. The Heist is just the tip of the iceberg, guys. Erin Bowman has written two dystopians in one or you could even say multiple ones. Go figure.

3. Guy POV. I can't resist reading a book in a male's perspective. It's just more appealing. I want to know how the other sex thinks because it's usually way different than how I think or how I would react if I was in the same situation. I know a lot of people hated on Gray because he's a pig but he's not! He's spunky, full of character and very passionate. I don't like boring Blaine. Pining and whining Gray is my favorite. Sure, he doesn't have the best judgment at all times but who does, right? He's one flawed character and I. love. him. him.

4. Action. Oh my, THE action. Explosions, hiding, guns a blazin', Taken has it all. If you want action, here it is served on a platter.

5. So much room to explore. Introducing Bree? THAT exciting yet there-is-more-to-it ending? There's just so much more into this world Erin Bowman has crafted that I want to know and explore. Yes, that is my roundabout saying of I WILL READ THE WHOLE SERIES. I honestly can't wait for the next book

I was taken by Taken. Taken was everything I hoped it was and more. Full of action, deceit, mystery and romance, Gray was just what the YA landscape needs in a male dystopian hero. Congratulations on Erin Bowman for a wonderful debut!

About 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 husband and when not writing she can often be found hiking, commenting on good typography, and obsessing over all things Harry Potter.


  1. Okay!!! you got my attention now I'm thinking if I'll buy this book or not, thanks for this ;)

    1. Go, Milly! Some didn't enjoy it as much but I think you have to read it to know for yourself! Thanks for dropping by!


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