Saturday, 26 April 2014

Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher

Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher
Genre: Contemporary, Y/A

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.

Stolen: A Letter to My Captor follows the story of 16 year old Gemma, who is kidnapped from Bangkok airport on her way home to the United Kingdom.

‘You saw me before I saw you’ 

Coming from Australia, I really loved reading a novel set in my own country. It’s not often you find books set in Australia, let alone the Australian Outback. The author’s knowledge of Indigenous Australian culture also added a nice touch to the novel.

I really loved Gemma as a character, she was strong and realistic, and although she grows to understand and even care for Ty, she knows what he did was very wrong. I never grew annoyed by her and I feel that she handled the whole situation exceedingly well, considering what she must have been going through.

‘The people we care for aren't always the one we should’

‘it's hard to hate someone once you understand them’

Ty is the anti-hero of this story. He kidnaps Gemma and forces her to live if the dry and extremely hot Australian Desert. Yet while it is clearly a terrible thing that he has done, you can’t help but feel for Ty, and throughout the course of the novel, grow to love him as well.

Stolen is written in the form of a letter that Gemma has written to Ty. I found this a very unique and interesting concept and felt that it perfectly suited the novel. I love Lucy Christopher’s writing style and if her other novels are anything like this one; I’ll definitely be picking them up!

This story deals with a tough topic (kidnapping) but also touches upon the effects that todays society has on people and how we are all conforming to live a certain way. 
 As this is something that really interest me, it made the story all the more intriguing and i found Ty's point of view accurate in some ways, despite the drastic measures he resorts to, to achieve his desired way of life.

Overall I highly enjoyed this novel and it has become one of my favourites of all time! I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys Y/A contemporary novels. 

'Right then, and at every moment since you’d left me, all I could think about was you. I wanted you in that apartment. I wanted your arms around me, your face close to mine. I wanted your smell. And I knew I couldn’t—shouldn’t—have it. That’s what I hated most. The uncertainty of you. You’d kidnapped me, put my life in danger … but I loved you, too.'

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