“This book is set in a future in which kidnapping has become an industry. Kidnappers are generally guaranteed their ransom so it has become a way to make money. Rich families live in gated communities and are protected by security guards. In spite of this, kids are still "taken" and held for ransom. At times a suspenseful story, my favorite part is the unexpected ending.”Mrs. Heres wrote this review Saturday, June 27, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Tries to be a look at the wage disparity in the future but really fails. Just not convincing of how it came to be why or on the structure in society.”smog wrote this review Monday, June 22, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Taken By: Edward Bloor
June 22-29th 2009
By: Jennifer Kramer
In the book, “Taken,” there were many parts I liked, for example, I liked how the author used vivid details and descriptions but, it seemed the story dragged on. Since I am a very picky reader I was very pleased that I liked this book. I liked how the author made some of the characters able to speak different languages. Also, I liked how the author compares a character named “Dessi” to Ramiro Fortunato, a hero who always does what’s right. At first I didn’t like this because Dessi was a kidnapper, I believed he wasn't a hero. So forth, I liked how the author not only makes a twist, but he makes many, and when you think nothing else unexpected can happen, it does.
In Taken I did have some dislikes too. There were some parts that seemed to drag out the book. For instance, Charity (the main character), has many flashbacks of when she was in her school and they watched people on screens teach them instead of being in the classroom. Which, after reading those large sections, seemed to just make you lose intrest. Lastly, I didn't like how I knew, before the end of the book, what was going to happen. Through out the book, Dessi is brought up plenty of times where you know later in the book that he is going to be playing a bigger role. Other than that, I seemed to like the book. I wasn't confused by anything and over-all, I wouldn't mind reading it again.
“rowanthea said: 3 stars
Charity lives in a gated community with armed security everywhere. There is a large divide between the rich and the poor. The poor have only a few options, servants or military. The fasted way for the poor to make money is kidnapping and it's become a organized industry. If you are 'taken' you will be returned alive within 24 hours if the ransom is paid.
This book is aimed toward young teens and deals with prejudice and class separation.
Colleen S said: 3.5 stars
In the year 2035, kidnapping has become it's own industry in the United States, with the children of the wealthy living in gated communities, accompanied everywhere by armed guards and attending school by satellite. Charity Meyers lives in one of the wealthiest communities, The Highlands. On New Years, her security breaks down and she is taken.
I thought there would be more action in this book, but really it was mostly 200 pages of Charity being held hostage while she looks back on how she came to be kidnapped and waiting for her father to deliver the ransom so she can be returned to her family, such as it is. She spends more time with her maid than she does with her father or her step-mother (a reality show host/star).
There were some elements of a dystopian society in this book but I would have classified it as more futuristic than dystopian. The book had a lot of great possibilities and I kept wanting there to be more, a feeling I get a lot when I read young adult fiction. There were great elements regarding class and racism that just weren't being explored and I think the book would have been better if there had been more background to it.
Attila said: 3 stars
An interesting book, even if it's a little off the beaten path from most young adult books. I think Edward Bloor enjoys provocative writing (think about Tangerine). I thought Tangerine was a better story, but this one was still worthwhile, if for no other reason than it is so different. Enjoyed the use of futuristic class struggle and entitlement combined with teenage views, although it was a little simplistic at times. That should be expected, I think, for young adult books. I would only classify it as suspenseful from a young adult's point of view--I didn't feel like I was on the edge of my seat.
“An interesting book, even if it's a little off the beaten path from most young adult books. I think Edward Bloor enjoys provocative writing (think about Tangerine). I thought Tangerine was a better story, but this one was still worthwhile, if for no other reason than it is so different. Enjoyed the use of futuristic class struggle and entitlement combined with teenage views, although it was a little simplistic at times. That should be expected, I think, for young adult books. ”TempestSlayer wrote this review Friday, May 29, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It's ssssssooooooooooooooooooooo good!
it's about this girl who is kidnapped. ”
“I liked it at first but then it got a little boring. It got scary too. I never finished reading it but I dont know if I want to. I was alright ”kristin C wrote this review Tuesday, October 28, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This has all the makings of a great book, but it misses the mark. The plot twist at the end is good, but in the middle of the book not enough happens and the book is certainly not suspenseful. Charity never seems truly frightened and the middle of the book drags - certainly did not keep me at the edge of my seat. The theme behind the book is good, the idea of the story is good, but the suspense is missing.
From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Bloor (Tangerine) shows top form with a gripping novel, set 30 years in the future, that works as both a thriller and a commentary on the dangerously growing gap between America's rich and poor. Thirteen-year-old Charity Meyers lives with her father, a dermatologist whose wealth has survived the World Credit Crash, and her stepmother, a noxious vidscreen personality. Despite all the precautions within the Meyers' high-security housing development, Charity is kidnapped on New Year's Day 2036—the taken of the title, also a chess allusion to a didn't-see-it-coming plot twist. Because child-snatching is a major growth industry in South Florida, Charity has been trained to handle the stress and she knows what should happen. Within 24 hours, her parents will empty their home vault of its currency, and she will be freed. Pacing the narrative so readers can feel the clock ticking, the author fills in Charity's back story—the ironic death of her mother to skin cancer, her days at satschool, where education comes beamed in from an elite Manhattan academy, her home run by Albert and Victoria, the butler and maid whose very names are regulated by Royal Domestic Services. Bloor, whose gimlet-eyed view of modern society has occasionally pushed his narratives to extremes, reigns in the satire to concoct a plausible-enough scenario of the not-too-distant future, adding just the right measure of consciousness-raising in the dialogue between Charity and a teenage abductor. Deftly constructed, this is as riveting as it is thought-provoking.”
“This isn't as good as Tangerine, but it's better than Storytime. In this futuristic, Charity is the daughter of a wealthy inventor/doctor and stepdaughter of a vidscreen documentary/special report host. They are going through a relatively messy divorce that looks amicable to the public. They live in the ultra protected Highlands where domestic servants double as body guards and all children are implanted with some sort of GPS. Charity goes to satschool with other Highlander kids and only has the chance to meet "poor" kids in the annual Kid-to-Kid fiasco her stepmother has created. This story, which is told in 3 days time and interspursed with flashbacks that reflect a pretty parently neglected and ignored young lady. I wasn't thrilled with the ending, but the book was pretty fast paced and an interesting read on society and where we place our values.”Liz C wrote this review Tuesday, June 10, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Charity lives in a high tech future - our modern world taken to the next level. The divide between the rich and poor is greater than ever - the rich live incredibly secluded, "on-line" lives while the rest of the world suffers. Charity is the lonely thirteen year old daughter of a wealthy dermatologist and in her world, kidnapping is a regular form of business. And while she's been trained to know what to do in the event that she gets kidnapped - when her turn comes, things do not go according to plan.
I loved the premise of this book - such a unique look at our not-too-distant future, and I totally believed it. Charity as a character felt like a realistic, frustrating teenager, searching for people to love her and yet leave her alone at the same time. I was completely caught off guard by the climax and the ending felt in tune with the book. Really interesting read.”