- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Chicken House; 1 edition (5 Sept. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1908435755
- ISBN-13: 978-1908435750
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Michael L. Printz Honor Book ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults A 2011 USBBY Outstanding International Book "Complicated and beautiful -- this novel left me doubting my emotions and missing a place I'd never been." -- Maggie Stiefvater "All the tension of lightning, all the terror of thunder. A stunning, scary, and beautiful book."-- John Marsden * "An emotionally raw thriller...a haunting account of captivity and the power of relationships." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review "Disturbing, heartbreaking, and beautiful all at once." -- School Library Journal "A complex psychological study that is also a tribute to the hypnotic beauty of the Outback." -- Booklist "Taut suspense and a riveting plot in a haunting setting." -- Kirkus "Has a veracity and immediacy that rivets the reader to the page. Fascinating, disturbing..." -- Voice of Youth Advocates _____________________________________________________________________________"Complicated and beautiful -- this novel left me doubting my emotions and missing a place I'd never been." -- Maggie Stiefvater "All the tension of lightning, all the terror of thunder. A stunning, scary, and beautiful book." -- John Marsden "A vivid new voice for teens." -- Melvin Burgess TheDailyBeast.com, "10 Hot Young Adult titles" roundup, September 16, 2010 BCCB, review, June 2010"[A]n interesting book for examining what obsessive Twilight-style approaches to love can mean in a real-life context...Readers who can't get enough of Cormier's classic After the First Death will find this induces both shivers and thought." Booklist, review, March 15, 2010"Christopher's first novel is a complex psychological study that is also a tribute tothe hypnotic beauty of the outback." Kirkus, review, April 15, 2010"From its compelling opening, the novel delivers taut suspense and a riveting plot in a haunting setting."
About the Author
LUCY CHRISTOPHER'S novel STOLEN was named a Printz Honor Book by the ALA and received England's Branford Boase award and Australia's golden Inky for best debut. In a starred review, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY called it *"an emotionally raw thriller...a haunting account of captivity and the power of relationships."* She is also the author of FLYAWAY, a novel for younger readers. Lucy lives in Monmouth, Wales, where she is currently finishing her third book, THE KILLING WOODS, a psychological thriller for teens. Visit her website www.lucychristopher.com and follow her on Twitter @LucyCAuthor.
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Top Customer Reviews
I haven't seen many books like Lucy Christopher's Stolen before. The idea of writing such a book - about being hold against your own will, about being kidnapped - seems like a task in its own. The result is magnificent though! And to me three things in particular stood out:
1. The landscape. How many books have you read that are set in the Australian desert? You'd think it to be very... dead with all the sand. But Lucy really proves herself in her way of describing the land and its vitality. The land is alive - Living and breathing underneath Gemma and Ty's own feet.
There's no doubt about the land's harshness either though; the sun in brutal throughout the entire novel and Gemma struggles with the constant heat, which only stops at night to turn the desert into a freezer instead.
It isn't easy to live there, but once you learn to live along with nature - it turns into this beautiful sort of harmony between wilderness and man.
2. Gemma. Yes, our heroine. She's another reason as to why I love this book. Why? The answer is simple enough; she's real. Her reactions and feelings are completely understandable considering the state she's in - kidnapped by a man she doesn't know and brought to a place that's just as unfamiliar.
Besides being real, she's strong as well. Where some people might have lost theirs, she keeps her wits about her, planning her possible escape.
Thanks to the way this book was written - in the form of a letter from Gemma to her kidnapper - we really get to know her as well.Read more ›
I couldn't put this book down, and regrettably finished it the day I bought it!
The ending had me in tears, but it was absolutely lovely. If you're looking for a story that will squeeze your heart - and leave you wanting more, more, more! - 'Stolen' is the way to go.
In a nutshell - READ IT !!
As well as a book about one girl's struggle to escape from an endlessly barren landscape and the strangely alluring kidnapper who brings her there, it is a paean to the intensity and beauty of the Australian desert, about which the author is clearly very familiar.
Stolen is a modern wonder in teen fiction, standing head and shoulders above a lot of its flimsy contemporaries. Lucy Christopher is a terrific writer with a glaringly bright future ahead of her. Beg, borrow or steal Stolen. You will not regret it.
In a way this was good but another way not so good..as I wish I could have read something from Ty the kidnapper's perspective and read the thoughts going through his head to understand his actions etc.
I really felt for Gemma, she was confused, lonely and it was no surprise she connected the way she did with Ty. She was a typical teenager thrown into something she didnt understand and I liked her, she was written strong and gutsy and I like that. Sometimes teenagers are written to be sulky and moany etc etc and even tho she would have every right to be these things, she wasn't.
I really got into this book and found it hard to put down. If you like Young Adult reads then I think you would definately enjoy this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great story that had me hooked, also had my feelings confused as I started to like the kidnapper and feel sorry for him which in real life you wouldn't, wish it ended with a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by kirsty
I really couldn't put this book down and when I had to put it down it was all I could think about... I really couldn't concentrate at work! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chloe Semp
one of the best books I've ever read. It left me thinking about the book for days. It was beautifully written an really created a understanding of what it is like to be kidnapped. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Wow. Everybody must read this book in a lifetime. Beautifully written, absorbing and so so sad.Published 2 months ago by Sue
I chose a 5 star rating mainly because I only started this book 2 days ago and I've now finished it! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bambi
This book was on my TBR list for many months. And after all the raving reviews I was looking forward to diving in. The reviews were right by the way. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Book in wonderland
This came supppper fast and it's one of the most amazing books I've ever read and its Lucy Christopher's firest novel!!!!Published 3 months ago by UNC
Written as a letter to her captor, Stolen encapsulates the journey of Gemma and her captor, Ty, who takes her from Bangkok Airport after an argument with her parents, drugged her... Read morePublished 5 months ago by E