Author: Lucy Christopher
Young-Adult Fiction Novel
*Note: This is a review therefore there may be spoilers. Read at your own risk.
Synopsis: 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.
Characters: There aren’t that many major characters in this novel. There’s Gemma, the main character, Ty, & Gemma’s parents. But the majority of the book is focused on Gemma and Ty.
Gemma is a great main character; I loved hearing the story from her side of the situation and how the overall novel was written in first and second person. The way she addresses Ty and her surroundings is appealing and I found the novel to be more relatable. Ty was…Ty. In the beginning of the novel, of course I found him creepy and mysterious. But as the novel proceeded, I, like Gemma, saw another side of him that I was hesitant to believe. And I think that’s what makes the novel so great. Gemma’s parents were minor to me. They didn’t really get involved until the end of the book therefore I don’t really have an opinion towards them. I just think they are just dedicated working people and a little supportive of Gemma.
My Opinions: Stolen was a great read. Like I said in the character section, I enjoyed the writing style and the characters. The writing style and the plot of the novel is what really sold me, honestly. The relationship between Ty and Gemma was so intriguing and Ty was a very unique male. I wanted to believe that Ty was a truly a good guy and that he was just lonely because of his obstacles in the past. But like Gemma says during the end of the novel, he did ruin her life. He took her away from her family, her friends, her life. And he always kept her isolated in the heat. But then she starts to gain a connection with Ty and that’s what really kept me interested throughout the novel.
Besides the characters, I also liked the use of nature & art Me being me, I love nature and art, hence my blog. But the way the author applies it to the story was very enlightening.
I am still kind of debating whether there should be a sequel though because I kind of like the endlessness of ‘not knowing’ about the verdict that Ty gets. But I also would love to read a sequel where Ty eventually gets out of prison/jail and somehow Gemma and him meet again. Like Gemma says in the novel, I think they could’ve had some time of relationship if he didn’t approach her in the previous way. But I kind of understand why he did what he did.
Closing: All in all, I did find this novel to be very interesting & a great read. Honestly, I think this is probably one of the best books I’ve read this year. Although, I saw a lot of mixed reviews on Goodreads about this novel. I recommend this book to anyone that wants to read an odd, captivating book. It really kept me interested throughout the entire novel & those are my favorite kinds of books. I give Stolen by Lucy Christopher 5 out of 5 Stars and I am very excited to read more of Lucy Christopher’s work.
As always, let me know your opinions on Stolen! I would love to hear them.. 🙂