Gemma, 16, is on layover at Bangkok Airport, en route with her parents to a vacation in Vietnam. She steps away for just a second, to get a cup of coffee. Ty–rugged, tan, too old, oddly familiar–pays for Gemma’s drink. And drugs it. They talk. Their hands touch. And before Gemma knows what’s happening, Ty takes her.
Steals her away. The unknowing object of a long obsession, Gemma has been kidnapped by her stalker and brought to the desolate Australian Outback. STOLEN is her gripping story of survival, of how she has to come to terms with her living nightmare–or die trying to fight it. (Source:Goodreads)
When I finished this book and set it down, I believe my first thought was “Whoa!” Lucy Christopher takes everything we know about reality and good vs. evil and twists it around until you forget whose side you’re supposed to be on. Phenomenal.
Gemma is kidnapped. It is horrible and scary: a complete nightmare. Every single thing that happens to her is completely possible – this is a situation that could happen, exactly. Down to the last detail. And the overall idea HAS happened. So, when she is taken from the life she knows out into the Australian desert, we should all be horrified. Outraged. Sickened. And…yeah, those feelings were swimming around my brain. But, so were these: Confused. Mesmerized. Pity. Impatience. Because…there were times I wasn’t completely in Gemma’s corner. Therein lies the genius of Lucy Christopher.
The descriptions of the desert were fantastic. The way it was described made it so present: the setting was just as much a character as Gemma and Ty. I practically felt the intense heat, tasted the dirty water, felt the gritty sand under my feet. Here is one of my favorite excerpts:
“It’s got stories, this land. It sings.”
“I’d rather have the radio.”
“Nah, Gem, I’m serious. There are songs out here, the oldfellas know ’em, I know some of them…they’re like maps, they help you find the way. You sing ’em and they show you the landmarks. There’s a whole silent music out here: dirt music.”
Anyway, there are so many excellent things about this book. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy! If you do, make sure and let me know what your thoughts are.