Monday, June 03, 2013

review: STOLEN by Lucy Christopher

by Lucy Christopher
Scholastic: Chicken House
Released: May 1, 2010 (US)
Source: Bookstore
Page Count: 304

Rating: Loved it!

You saw me before I saw you.

A girl: Gemma, at the airport, on her way to a family vacation.

You had that look in your eyes.

A guy: Ty, rugged, tan, too old, oddly familiar, eyes blue as ice.

Like you wanted me.

She steps away. For just a second. He pays for her drink. And drugs it.

Wanted me for a long time.

He takes her, before she even knows what's happening.
To sand and heat.
To emptiness and isolation.
To nowhere.
And expects her to love him.

Written as a letter from a victim to her captor, this is Gemma's desperate story of survival. Ty has Stolen her body. Against every instinct screaming inside her, will he also steal Gemma's heart?

My Thoughts

This book really broke my heart.

Stolen starts out at an airport in Thailand, with Gemma arguing with her mother and going off to the coffee shop to cool off. She doesn't have the money to pay for her coffee, though, and a good-looking guy pays for it, stirs in some sugar, and brings it to the table. What Gemma doesn't realize is that her coffee is drugged - and her life is about to change forever.

Ty steals her away to the Australian outback, and she soon admits to herself that they really are in the middle of nowhere, that no one is coming to save her. So she tries to save herself instead, exploring escape routes and trying to manipulate Ty into freeing her.

Stolen explores the emotional roller coaster ride that Gemma experiences while working through her feelings, post-abduction. It is terrifying and honest and unflinching. But most of all, it's unforgettable. Highly recommended.

1 comment:

  1. "Stolen" is profound, heartachingly beautiful and deceptively slow (I'd say thorough and exploring) but incredibly rewarding. We are far too desensitized anymore, greedy for empty flash and pomp, that we can't even appreciate works lacking grandiose melodrama. Yes, while it has grand, dramatic elements, that isn't this story at its core.