Taken by Erin Bowman

Synopsis:
There are no men in Claysoot.
There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends . . . and he’s gone.
They call it the Heist.

Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate—until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets, the Heist itself, and what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot—a structure that no one can cross and survive.

Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken—or risk everything on the hope of the other side?

Review:
Gray is headstrong yet likeable. He’s very different from his peacemaker brother. So when his brother disappears on his birthday and Gray learns a shocking secret, he decides to climb the Wall and discover the truth – even if it kills him.

Bowman has created a fascinating dystopia wrapped in a mystery that slowly unfolds throughout the novel. This is one fantastic debut that should not be missed. Full of mystery, danger, drama, romance, intrigue, and lies – Taken is impossible to put down. The characters are engaging and the story complex. Fast-paced and exciting – this will certainly make my list of favorites for the year.

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