Thursday, March 13, 2014

Book Review: "Stolen" by Lucy Christopher

It happened so quickly - Gemma was at the airport, getting some coffee when she meets him.  A little small talk, a quick glance at his blue eyes.... and then, it is done.  He has drugged her drink and has stolen her away from anything remotely familiar.  She wakes up in a ramshackle house in the middle of the Australian Outback, miles and miles from the nearest town.  This is her story, and she's writing it down for Ty - her captor.

The story opens fast with a hook to suck you in right away.  It really is something to relive all of this with Gemma, from her distorted point of view.  It it such an exciting start, but then abruptly shuts down - and you can feel the slowness and the unforgiving heat of the desert creeping in.  It is hard to figure out Ty - how can he be trusted?  What does he really want?  Exactly how mentally deranged is this man?  It is enough to really keep a reader unbalanced.

The middle part of the book really slows down, and I found myself a little annoyed with Gemma and her poorly planned escapes.  And this kind of bothered me because was I annoyed that she was so frantic and desperate to escape that she couldn't be smart about it or because I thought she should just give it up already - and that was a scary frame of mind.  So I'm going to convince myself that it was just that I wanted her to be smarter about it all.  I did love the beauty of the Australian desert and *some* of the animals as described...  I could really do with less snakes, thank you very much.

The ending was not a shocker, but I am thinking about her final state of mind, and the ideas she was battling with and I want to know more.  I want to explore that more.




Wesley Hoffmann said...

Oh intriguing! And scary...

Annette Mills said...

Interestingly, I posted a review of this book today also. And had much the same thoughts. I thought it was a bit slow in the middle, although, I didn't have the problems with her stupidity. I saw her as being so desperate that she lost her good sense. Great review.

ChristasBooks said...

This sounds really intense! I find it interesting that she's writing to her captor. That puts sort of a unique spin on things.

As the Crowe Flies and Reads said...

I was shelving this book in my bookstore the other day and I paused to read the back and though, Huh, that's pretty interesting. Then I paused longer to read the first few pages and before I knew it, 10 minutes had passed and I was standing still in the YA section with a book in my hand.

I probably need to buy this.

Roof Beam Reader said...

Hmm. I hadn't heard of this one. Not sure it's for me, but it does sound kind of interesting.

Brona Joy said...

I read this in 2009 when it first came out in Australia. It was also the third blog post I ever wrote!

I went back and read it as I felt that I had the same issues with as you did.
I did!
But I also laughed out loud at my very brief review style back then
Click here for review

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