Written by Lucy Christopher
Published May, 2009 by Chicken House Ltd.
Genres: Contemporary, Survival
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Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character in the book, so vividly is it described. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous.
This new life in the wilderness has been years in the planning. He loves only her, wants only her. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, cut off from the world outside, can the force of his love make Gemma love him back?
The story takes the form of a letter, written by Gemma to Ty, reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the outback. Months when the lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, blur until they don’t exist – almost.
I was completely enraptured by Stolen! This book will make you feel absolutely everything with its range of emotion; its descriptions of the desert coming to life and the strange relationship between Gemma and her captor. A must-read!
I’m always curious when reading about real or fictional abductions. I suppose it’s because I couldn’t possibly fathom being in the captives situation, and what I personally would feel. Gemma was a great character and I loved the style of this novel – her writing about her experiences from when she first got taken until the end, TO her captor. I won’t give it away because how it will end is a very big draw of reading on.
I was literally shaken so many times in this book; with Ty’s promises of her being there, in the middle of nowhere, with him, forever. Every chance Gemma had was taken away, pulled out beneath her feet. I felt my hope deteriorating with her. I personally found her to be very strong-willed and admired her courage a lot of the time. I don’t think a weaker person would have survived at all.
As for Ty, the captor, I recoiled from his presence on the pages and felt Gemma’s hatred of him. Although we grow with him, accepting him as we see both sides, that tinge of hatred still lingers as it does with Gemma. It’s such a confusing relationship to have with a character! I wanted Gemma to escape so badly and I think this overshadowed everything else.
I really loved the introduction of the camel to the ‘family’. I felt she offered so much to the story (Stolen or Wobbleguts, whatever you want to call her!) and I grew so attached to her, call me silly! I can’t really say much more about what this story made me feel – because it will give away the ending, but I will say that I really loved where it ended and how it ended. I had mixed emotions but I couldn’t have ended it better myself.
If you haven’t picked up Stolen yet, do so! I have had my eye on it for quite some time but kept putting it off because it just seemed like it would require a lot of thought and thinking while reading. Not the case! I whipped through this one and it was so refreshing!
Recommended to: Anyone, really. This book will touch you.