Friday, February 25, 2011
by Lucy Christopher
Publication date: May, 2009
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.
My Review :
Favourite Quote: "Lets face it, you did steal me. But you saved my life too. And somewhere in the middle, you showed me a place so different and beautiful, I can never get it out of my mind. And I can't get you out of there either. You're stuck in my brain like my own blood vessels."
Stolen is one huge emotional rollercoaster ride. It had my stomach all tied up in knots and made my heart ache but it was AMAZING. Truly, a stunning and thought provoking read.
Lucy Christopher is a brilliant writer. She really get you thinking about what is right and wrong and the place in between. The plot was intense and captivating just like the characters. Stolen is a story that you get emotionally invested in. And the way Christopher vividly describes how stunningly gorgeous the land really is and how deadly it can be, makes it feel like it is another important character in this tale.
When I think of Gemma the first word that comes to mind is brave. To be put in that situation at 16 I don't know if I could have handled it with as much strength as she did. She never gave up hope for escape even when her feelings towards Ty began to change.
Ty, wow, what a damaged yet frighteningly beautiful soul. Even though it is written from Gemma's POV, I felt we got Ty story as well. He is a character that haunts your thoughts. I was so confused about how I felt about him. I know what he did was wrong and I should be disgusted by him but I liked him. You could see why he thought what he did was right in his head. Just thinking about him breaks my heart.
The ending it made me cry like a baby and it hurt. I know some people will disagree with me but I really wish it could have ended another way. Yet I see that it would have been impossible.
Stolen, is an unforgettable and breathtaking story that I highly recommend. Just make sure you are ready for a few tears.
Overall Rating: 5/5
For more info: Visit Lucy's Christopher's website.
For more rave reviews: Visit Inkcrush and My Girl Friday
This is an Australian title that is available internationally. Great book for the Aussie YA Reading Challenge 2011.