Taken by Erin Bowman
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?
I really enjoyed this book. At first I was skeptical, the idea of boys disappearing on their 18th birthdays, well it just sounds strange. But Erin Bowman used the narrator of Gray Weathersby, a young teenage boy in this different town, to intrigue the reader. The way he questions everything he has been raised to believe, and fights to learn the reason behind the Heist, kept me reading. I was unable to put this book down. I will definitely read the following in this series, and I look forward to seeing what else Erin Bowman will write.