Thursday, 29 January 2015
Review: Captive by A.J. Grainger
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's Books
Released: January 29th, 2015
Robyn Knollys-Green is an A-list celebrity, famous for being the daughter of one of the world's most powerful men. But not even the paparazzi can find her now. Robyn begins to realise that she is trapped in a complicated web of global corruption and deceit - and that the strange, melancholy boy who has been tasked with guarding her might not be an enemy after all...
Captive is a well-written, taut thriller that immerses you from the very beginning. It employs a sense of tension right from page one that continues for the majority of the book, and it always keeps you guessing. I've been reading more YA thrillers recently and this was a great addition to the genre!
Debut author A.J. Grainger already has a background in children's publishing and obviously knows what works and what doesn't. Her storytelling and imagination is the standout feature of Captive, as well as her well-rounded characters and ability to create genuinely unsettling moments of confusion. When Robyn is kidnapped and she has no idea where she is or who she's with, I felt exactly the same - I didn't know what was coming next and sometimes I wasn't even sure I wanted to find out.
The whole premise of Captive is an interesting one, while at the same time being very realistic. People get kidnapped in real life all the time, especially people related to political figures, so the plot itself is no big stretch of the imagination. Grainger writes it well and obviously did her research into what actually happens with events like these, and that shines through in her story.
Captive is a quick read but one that packs a punch. I enjoyed Robyn's story and her resolution, and I'm definitely excited to read more by A.J. Grainger. Thrillers are really coming into their own within the YA genre, so I'm glad to see that more are on their way in 2015!