Review : Taken by Erin Bowman



Fans of Incarceron by Catherine Fisher and Variant by Robison Wells won’t want to miss this magnetic first book in a gripping dystopian sci-fi series. Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of the Legend trilogy, raves that Taken is “an action-packed thrill ride from beginning to end. More, please!”

Gray Weathersby has grown up expecting to disappear at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. They call it the Heist—and it happens to every boy in Claysoot. His only chance at escape is to climb the Wall that surrounds Claysoot. A climb no one has ever survived . . .  (From: Goodreads)

Title: Taken

Author: Erin Bowman

Genres: YA, dystopian, action, sci-fi, romance

Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 360 pages

*!!!2 out of 5 stars!!!*

It all seemed so interesting in the beginning.

My Synopsis:
Gray had lived in Claysoot for about 17 years. Every boy got Heisted at the age of 18 here. There were no men. The town was surrounded by the Wall. People were told that no one could survive once they went over the Wall.
Gray’s brother, Blaine, was 18 and he got Heisted. Gray was trying to find a way to get his brother back. However, he discovered something more.

The reason why I picked up this book is because this book had been on my shelf for quite a long time. I went travelling with my parents this weekend, so I decided to bring something easy to read with me. Originally, I wanted to bring a happy book which I hadn’t read, but ,obviously, there was no such thing on my shelves. Besides, this trip was a hiking trip. I barely had time to read. Once I got home, I got it finished right away.

The Writing:
The use of words are simple. The writing is just the average, not really special. It is a fast-paced book. Although I thought it an action-packed read, it wasn’t THAT action. To be honest, I’m a little disappointed.

The Setting:
Claysoot was a primitive town. Outside the Wall was the rest of the world, so much bigger, bleak, to me. I don’t want to talk much about this because I don’t want to spoil anything. Maybe you’ll like it or maybe you won’t.

The Characters:

Gray Weathersby: Our main character, first person speaking. (I felt that I hadn’t read any book with male protagonist written by a female writer ever since Harry Potter!) He had every strait to be a main character. Brave. Caring for family and friends. Love to volunteer for something dangerous.

That strikes a nerve. Anger rages into my chest, surges against my rib cage. I couldn’t care less that we went to school together, spent days sitting in the same classroom. I forget that she’s a girl and that I probably shouldn’t hit her. I react automatically, dropping Kale’s hand and throwing my fist into Chalice’s cheek. She deserves it, all of it. I hit her again, this time in the stomach. We end up in the dirt, flailing.

From this part, we can see that Gray wasn’t like normal guys who didn’t pick a fight with girls. And I like him being him.

Months later she was pregnant and that jealousy instantly turned to relief. That was when I started being careful with my own slatings, avoiding them when possible. I never want to be a father. Ever.

From this part, I can tell you that…Gray was so ME!!! I never want to be a mother. Ever.

Blaine Weathersby: Gray’s elder brother. He got Heisted. He had a three-year-old daughter. Yeah, I know.


Emma: She was the girl who ran away with Gray. She was such a good model!

“I’m trying to say I admire you for what you said about the slating, that I agree with you, that it’s not crazy to want to be like the birds, but above all, I’m trying to apologize for how I’ve judged you all these years. You’re different from Blaine but maybe not in a bad way. Maybe in a very good way, and I’m only seeing it for the first time.”

Well…maybe it’s just me. Emma had always liked Blaine better. Because Blaine got Heisted, there was only Gray left. Moreover, Gray looked just like his brother. Emma must have been thinking: why not give it a try.

Best Quotes Ever:


I sit there, staring at the game pieces, Blaines’s clay tokens far outnumbering my wooden ones. Our last unfinished game.
He would have won.

Let’s Get Into Some Details: (mild spoiler alert)

“Claysoot is nothing but an experiment, Gray. Harvey called it the Laicos Project in the little documentation we’ve managed to confiscate.”

Alright, experiments kinda like The Maze Runner? And there were also other groups? I was tired when I read til here. I could already foresee the rebels fighting with the experiment side.

“Blaine! You’re alive.” Craw beams. I can see Emma behind him. Her hair is a mess, sleepy waves coaxed out by the pillows. She holds bedsheets over her chest.
I punch Craw in the face before storming down the hallway.

LOL. First, I’m gonna talk about Emma. Emma had talked about some kinds of birds only have a mate in their lifetime and it had seemed like she wanted to be like that (probably with Blaine *cough* I mean Gray.) Now she already moved on? Wow…that girl really knew how to toy with guys’ hearts.


Second, I’d like to say that Gray was just like a guy. His reaction was just like what every guy would, which I really don’t understand. He punched Craw. Well…truth is that it was Emma’s fault, not Craw’s!!! Why didn’t he punch Emma? WHY WHY WHY???


“I’m so sorry that you had to see me like this, that I even did this, but please don’t go.”
“I need some time.”
“For what?”
“To decide if you deserve a second chance.”
“Everyone deserves a second chance, Gray,” she says, the tears still streaming down her face.
“Maybe,” I say, and then I turn away from her.


Emma, you’re so darn good at acting! Why not apply for an acting school? You betrayed Gray and you wished him could just forgive you like nothing happened. Oh, how naive you are! Just don’t talk okay? Leave that boy some space.
I love how Gray treated this with just a maybe and his back. So freaking awesome!


I gave this book 2 out of 5 stars. I was considering whether I should give it 2 or 3 stars. (I don’t give out half stars because I don’t want to confuse myself. La la la ~) Three stars are for books which I don’t know whether I like it or not. However, I finally decided to give this book only 2 stars. I like Gray a lot, but I don’t like Emma. I’m tired of the plots and I don’t want to know more. I have a feeling that Gray and Emma will still be together and I don’t want to see that happens. Thus, FYI, I won’t read the sequel.

This book would be perfect for people who expected more ‘dramas’ and less ‘action’ of The Maze Runner series.

Happy reading guys ~ 😀

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