Friday, 24 April 2009

Stolen by Lucy Christopher

From the author's site: Gemma, a British city-living teenager, is kidnapped while on holiday with her parents. Her kidnapper, Ty, takes her to the wild land of outback Australia. To Gemma’s city-eyes, the landscape is harsh and unforgiving and there are no other signs of human life for hundreds of kilometres in every direction. Here, there is no escape. Gemma must learn to deal with her predicament, or die trying to fight it.

I've been excited about this book ever since I first heard about it - which was a couple of months ago now - and I'm glad to say it lived up to my expectations. The style of the narrative is unlike anything I've read before, and is innovative and compelling. It's an original and clever story, and is one that I absolutely could not put down.

I never thought I'd come away from this book with a liking for the kidnapper, Ty, but wow was I mistaken. Lucy Christopher really messes with everything you've grown up knowing, and successfully blurs the lines between right and wrong.

Ty is a complex character, and is one I had a hard time understanding at first. He's nothing like you'd expect a captor to behave; he's not violent or abusive, and is unexpectedly humane. His feelings for Gemma are real yet misguided, and his interest in her undoubtedly steps into the realm of obsession. It's fascinating to read Gemma's reactions to him, especially her initial thoughts upon finding she's been kidnapped.

I love the location of the Australian outback, and the sheer volume of nothing. A large expanse of sand is a horrifying setting, and makes Gemma's ordeal that much worse. Add a whole range of poisonous snakes and spiders to the mix, and you're faced with a nightmare scenario. Everything is described in great detail, from the wildlife to the horizon, and if you're not well versed in Australian land, you soon will be.

How could I possibly sympathise with someone that has the ability to ruin someone's life, and take them away from everything they know? It's a question I don't have the answer to, and it's one I'm sure every reader will be asking themselves. Stockholm syndrome could well be the answer, but after reading this book, you'll question even that. I really hope Stolen gets a US release at some point - it's a must-read, and is far too good to stay only in the UK.

38 comments:

Chicklish said...

Wow, it sounds amazing. Great review - thanks!

H said...

This sounds great! I love it when books make you understand both sides. In this case, it must have been really hard to do.

Thao said...

You make me wanna read this more and more. It sounds beyond good.

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I'm going to search this out tomorrow. You've made me want to read it even more than I already did!

Steph Su said...

GAH I'm so glad I stopped by your blog today. I'm dying to read this. Dying, you hear!! Great review. I love when authors manage to complicate their characters so you don't know whether to hate them or sympathize with them. Oh, the skill... :)

Lenore said...

WOW! I am ordering this one!

Letter Garden said...

Just finished the book 3 minutes ago. It's soooo OMG amazing!!! I couldn't stop reading till the end. I have so many questions...*sighs*

Ladytink_534 said...

Still not sure what to even think about this one, all I know is that I really want to read it so I'm off to enter your contest!

Mishel said...

I totally agree, Stolen needs a US release like ASAP! Great review, I really want to read it.

Kate said...

This book sounds amazing :)
Great review!

Anonymous said...

is it in th us?????????????????????

Anonymous said...

ive read the book its amazing couldn't put it down until i finished it so good :)

Anonymous said...

ive read this book before and its realy good and grippimg i never wanted to put it down if you are wanting to start reading this book is for you it will have you reading for days until you finish it :D

Lucy Christopher said...

Thanks for your lovely review Jenny....Lucy

Anonymous said...

This book is utterly amazing. Even after i read it it stayed into my mind for days. It's gripping and shocking at the same time. MS CHRISTOPHER MUST MAKE A SEQUEL TO THIS BOOK!!! 5 stars.

Zoe said...

I've just started reading this book and boy, its intense. Its unsettling and shocking but spectacular. I can't wait to read more...

Anonymous said...

I LOVE THIS BOOK :D
bought it today cuz of its pretty cover
and i didnt expect such a pleasant style of writing inside the book!

Anonymous said...

O-M-G,
i abosolutly love this book.
i finihsed it last night, and it just made me cry.
i just fell in love with the characters.
my favourite book so far!
LOVE IT!!!

Anonymous said...

III LOOOVEEEE THISSS BOOOK!
i just have to say- it beats twilight.
once you start reading, u just have to keep on reading. it immedietly sucks you into its world.
And Ty is one amazing character,
this may sound stupid, but i think they should
make a movie out of this!

Anonymous said...

YO i think they really should make a movie.. it would be BIG ... i wana sequel from Ty's side that would be banging !... oh and definitly beats twilight.

Anonymous said...

just finnished this book 2mins ago i finnished it in 3 1/2 hours so worth it i couldn't put it down and the last 10 pages made me cry rivers i have faalen under Ty's spell which is weird becuase i hated him at the beggining this books a 10/10 a must read debut i would love for it to become a film but it wouldnt be as good because soo much detail comes into it. twilight sucks compared to it and this comes from a fanpire! would for a sequel to 'stolen' and find out what happenes to Ty!

Anonymous said...

most amazing book i have ever read by far. (and i've read alot of books)

Anonymous said...

i would love to see a movie about this.

Anonymous said...

This book is bloody brilliant! i enjoyed it so much i couldnt put it down, i would recommend it to anyone. a real page turner!

Anonymous said...

This review sounds FAB! makes me wanna read it right now!!!!!

Anonymous said...

ily ty

Liv;) said...

ive read it, its amazing really moving and romantic:)xxx

Anonymous said...

It sounds great but if you really want to check it out go to love reading 4 kids as you can see the opening extract.

One thing, would those who read it recoment it to an 11 yr old who is a very advanced reader?

Anonymous said...

I JUST finished this book earlier today. I picked it up on my own (before seeing this review, or any for that matter) and I loved it a lot. I completely agree that this book made me fall in love with the characters and I loved the mixed emotions it leaves the reader with.

Anonymous said...

I do think an advanced reader would like this since it's fiction, but it's a believable plot.

Anonymous said...

i finished reading it literally ten minutes ago, and even though i thought it was kinda draggy in the beginning, i loved it in the end. i've definitely fallen for ty's spell (he's going to be haunting me for days now!) and i loved gemma as well. i wouldn't have thought it was going to end like it did though, because maybe i wanted a perfect fairytale for them both. but i guess that's what made the plot original and unpredictable. definitely one of the best books i've read, second to harry potter. and that's saying something. 4.7 stars.

Anonymous said...

it was a good book. but I have trouble figuring out the theme, any help ?

renee said...

i literally finished the book 10 minutes ago, and i have to know more, there must be a sequel, they have to eventually find eachother again, as crazy as that sounds!

alexis said...

this book was so....amazing! I fell in love with ty from the beginging and that sounds crazy! i give this book a 5 star without any hesitation....and there definitly NEEDS to be a sequel to this with tys side of the story or i will go crazy. i read this book in abouy 5 hour non-stop it was that good!They HAVE to make a movie it would be such a big hit!......i acnt get enough!

Anonymous said...

i just finished reading this book...AND it was amazing!!!! i loved it from start to finish and i could'nt stop reading there should be a film about this and there should be a story about what happened to ty! Very good Read 5*!

Anonymous said...

I loved this so much, Ty isn't evil he's just very misunderstood.

Anonymous said...

im in the middle of reading it right now :)
i love the writing style and its never boring.
i iike how its to-the-point. i would really like a sequal in ty's point of view

Anonymous said...

omg i read until pg.42 and im already very interesting i can just imagine being gemma i can see it in my head wen i read through it its the best book i ve ever read