Summary: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.
You saw me before I saw you. In the airport, that day in August, you had that look in your eyes, as though you wanted something from me, as though you’d wanted it for a long time.
I’m honestly not sure what to think of this. One part of me absolutely adored it, but the other side of me just didn’t click with it as much as I would have hoped I would. The hype for this is certainly not unwarranted; I suppose I just simply expected something more from this and was disappointed when I didn’t get it.
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.
One day, while on her way home from a vacation with her family, 16-year-old Gemma she is kidnapped, drugged, and – against her will – brought to the vast wilderness of Australia – where nothing is in sight for hundreds of miles.
“How long will you keep me?” I asked.
You shrugged. “Forever, of course.”
Gemma’s kidnapper – Ty – isn’t your typical kidnapper. He’s young, he’s fit, and he’s completely gorgeous. And all he wants from Gemma is her love. Despite his mistakes, can the power of Ty’s love make Gemma love him back?
I think my biggest problem with Stolen was the characters. This is a story that is NOT action-packed, and thus is relies on a strong cast of characters to move it along. While Christopher’s characters were certainly well-developed, I just didn’t feel they were well-developed enough to do something as huge as move the story along.
Gemma is not a character who is especially unique or special, but you’ll admire her all the same. She’s your typical teenager; and Lucy Christopher writes her in a highly relatable way. She may not be a kickass character who defeats the bad guy, but her inner determination and strength makes her just as wonderful.
Ty, however, was much different than Gemma. I spent the whole story in disgust at how he kidnapped Gemma without any remorse or thought to how Gemma would feel about being taken away from her family and friends. Lucy Christopher tries to go about the story by making up excuses for him, and I just couldn’t buy them. When Gemma (and, in turn, most readers) started to fall for him, I just couldn’t follow that lead as I was still in disgust at him for what he did. And since the story focuses so much on Gemma and Ty’s relationship, it’s quite difficult to enjoy the story considering my bitter feelings towards him.
I’m definitely a black sheep here; but I will say that Lucy Christopher’s writing – from a technical aspect – was fabulous. It’s not easy to nail second person POV, but she did. While the characters and overall concept might not have been my cup of tea, I do see what Christopher was trying to do with this and I admire her for it.
Lets face it, you did steal me. But you saved my life too. And somewhere in the middle, you showed me a place so different and beautiful, I can never get it out of my mind. And I can’t get you out of there either. You’re stuck in my brain like my own blood vessels.