Thursday, November 10, 2016

Review- Stolen by Lucy Christopher


It happened like this. I was stolen from an airport. Taken from everything I knew, everything I was used to. Taken to sand and heat, dirt and danger. And he expected me to love him.

This is my story.

A letter from nowhere. 

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.

Release date: May 4th 2009
Published by: Chicken House Ltd
Page numbers: 304


Stolen. Hmmm. What do I say about this book? One thing I know for sure is that my friends Glass and Tanja over at Ja citam, a ti? will be very happy and proud of the fact that I finally read Stolen. You should check out their buddy review of the same. Another confirmation I can make is that these two girls always recommend very, very good books, but I always knew that anyway. 

When it comes to the story, Stolen wasn't anything new to me. I won't spoil anything for people who haven't read the book though. One aspect of Stolen that for me makes the story what it is is the setup. The story takes place in a deserted desert in Australia, and it is portrayed so beautifully. At first, the over descriptive narration really irritated me and slowed my reading pace, but the second person point of view is what kept it interesting. Once I crossed the fifty percent mark, however, the book took such a wonderful turn that I couldn't put it down. This is not just the story of Gemma and Ty, but of nature and how we have to love what needs to be loved and there is so much hidden behind that. 

Speaking of Gemma and Ty, the main characters. Oh my God, the characters. They made the story. If I were to describe my feelings for Gemma and Ty in two words, those two words would be: mixed feelings. They are two of the most complicated, well developed, well portrayed and thoroughly amazing characters. They were the kind of characters or people that you love to hate and hate to love. I felt so connected to them both. And that in itself is a feat. With so much going on in the book which ultimately means so much going on on the reader's mind at the same time, the characters manage to really establish a relation with the reader. One moment, I wanted to hug Gemma and Ty and the next, I wanted to slap them. I loved Ty for his caring and thoughtful nature and I hated him for forcing his lifestyle on someone else. I hated Gemma for not adapting to the situations life put her in, and I loved her not for being strong, but for not being weak. They were both beautifully portrayed. 

The ending of the book was good. It was pretty apt and predictable, but... There's always going to be a but there. So I will just conclude by saying that Lucy Christopher has written a very amazing, beautiful and wonderful book that is definitely worth a try. 

Buy the book: AMAZON/ FLIPKART

1 comment:

  1. I really like the idea of the gorgeous setting and description we get of Australia. It's a shame about the beginning kind of being slower in pace and lagging in that aspect. I'm glad things picked up though :3


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