Taken By Erin Bowman
By Aastha Kannan
A fan of The Hunger Games or Divergent Series? Then this is most certainly the book for you. Centered around a boy named Gray who lives in a town called ClaySoot, the book follows his journey to find out the truth about his life and the Heist. The Heist is a ritual that occurs on every boy’s eighteenth birthday. On the eve of a boy’s eighteenth birthday, a feast is held in his honor to say goodbye and the minute the boy turns eighteen the ground shakes hard and he is swallowed up, never to be seen again. Many boys who know that their fate is to be the same, attempt to climb the Wall which is a barrier between ClaySoot and whatever lies beyond it, but their burned bodies show up at the bottom of the Wall the next day. Every time. Gray refuses to believe that this is the only solution and looks into matters himself. By his side is his childhood crush Emma. She slowly falls in love with Gray and follows him in his search for answers. Answers are not always easy to find in ClaySoot and with Gray’s eighteenth birthday creeping up, time is running out. Nevertheless, Emma and Gray keep the search going for an explanation for the Heist and why it happens and how. Their questions lead them over the Wall, a feat no one has managed to survive so far. The next morning their bodies are not found at the bottom of the Wall. They are the first climbers to ever survive. If I give away much more there will be no need for you to read the book so I will only say this, for people who enjoy mystery, suspense, romance, and thrill, this is a book you do not want to miss out.