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Hostage Three

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From the author of the Michael L. Printz award–winning novel In Darkness comes a critically-acclaimed, fast-paced thriller that’s as dangerous as the seas on which it’s set.

The last thing Amy planned to do this summer was sail around the world trapped on a yacht with her father and her stepmother. Really, all she wanted was to fast-forward to October when she’ll turn
Hardcover, 369 pages
Published November 12th 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published December 20th 2012)
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I had a great (IMHO) review all planned out for this novel. Unfortunately, inspiration struck just as I was falling asleep, so that review has been gobbled up by my subconscious and try as I might, I can’t seem to recover that pithy first paragraph.

So apologies for the following review, which is going to be scrounged from memory.

A novel that successfully explores a captor/captive narrative from both sides is a difficult thing to achieve, particularly when it’s a story that involves the develop...more
Jade Walker
I didn't know that this book was by the same author as In Darkness until the very end, when I read the acknowledgements and found out, but now I can totally see the similarities, I have to say that I totally enjoyed Hostage Three a little more though because it was romantic, gritty and terrifying all in one.

The book starts near the end, with Amy in a boat with a gun aimed at her. Then we go a few months into the past and slowly we are introduced to Amy's ordinary life at school, her broken relat...more
A seventeen year old girl and her family are taken hostage by Somali pirates. The same seventeen year old falls in love with one of the pirates!

What a perfectly terrible story. I'm never going to get through this book! I want to slap this girl in the face and shout how ridiculous and immature she is being!

Or so I thought as I began reading.

But what started out as the most tragic story quickly turned into something more. As much as I want to see these Somali pirates as evil... As much as I wan...more
Feb 12, 2014 Erin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: this has a pirate romance, so be aware of that and READ IT
Well then. This book ripped out my heart.

I read it because the premise made me laugh, but also intrigued me a little-- falling in love with a pirate? It's the go-to plot of so many crappy romance novels, but it's also a popular story idea for a reason. It's an appealing concept, as long as you're in the mood for some vicarious reading. And I was in the mood.

This is actually not the right book if you're only looking for a vicarious romance, but hey, maybe you'll come for the pirate-love and stay...more
Chelsea K.
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Peach Award (4.5 stars)

For the record, I was never going to give a full 5 stars to a book that doesn't use quotation marks. So there's my bias up front.

Despite that, this book really won me over. At the beginning, I worried a bit about the main character Amy being kind of stereotypically "edgy," all attitude and piercings and smoking during an exam. As the story built, though, it became obvious that her affect was a semi-calculated desperate attempt to reach out to an emotionally absent father i...more

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*Thank you, Bloomsbury*

This book turned up on my doorstep as a complete surprise and, after reading the synopsis, I really couldn't wait to sink my teeth into it. I've not read anything pirate related so I was interested to see how everything would all play out. I didn't expect such an emotional ride. I didn't expect to read a book which evoked sympathy and empathy for the pirates. Yes, there were a few of your stereotypes, but this book shared wit...more
Lynette Chan
The story line was really interesting and Nick writes well and has got good ideas, but the only problem (and a very big one) was the way Nick presented conversations... There were no punctuations like open and close inverted commas, and I seriously struggled to follow the conversations throughout the book... I didn't know when it was a narration and when someone was speaking. It was frustrating and gave me a headache. It took a lot out of me to finish the book!
Catherine Linka
Rich girl on a yacht taken hostage by Somali pirates. I picked it out of a box from Macmillan, thinking it would be a fun read for the holiday weekend, but I totally underestimated Nick Lake. I shouldn't have done that.

He won the Printz for his last novel about Haiti, so I should have known that he would have a unique take on girl/hostage/Somali pirates. Amy's a mess. She's angry, self-destructive after the death of her mom and her dad's remarriage. When the pirates board her dad's yacht, she's...more
Michelle Voelker
Amy is a rebellious teen trying to get her absent father's attention after a tragedy involving Amy's mother. In an unexplained turn of events Amy's Dad purchases a boat so they - Amy, Dad, and the seemingly caring/tries-too-hard unwanted stepmother - can sail around the world. Past Somalia. Hmmm.

There are many times I would like to have shaken some sense into both Amy and her father, but their actions become more understandable as we learn more (slowly, slowly). The book ends in hope for many, s...more
Amy does not want to spend the summer sailing around the world on a yacht, the Daisy May, with her dad and stepmother. She just wants to turn eighteen, so she can make her own choices. While on the yacht, she spends her time listening to music, tanning and trying to ignore everyone around her. One day, however, pirates come and take the boat and everyone aboard hostage, asking for a large ransom. Instead of having a name, she’s called Hostage Three. To make things a lot worse she is beginning to...more
Nick Lake's "Hostage Three" was absolutely amazing, and one of the first books in a long while that kept my attention and made me need to know more. Amy is an average senior at a British college. Unremarkable except for her multiple face piercings, she gets dragged along on her father and stepmother's insane plan of traveling around the world by boat. Amy keeps herself aloof from the others until pirates attack her ship off of the coast of Somalia, expecting a ransom.

While there were problems w...more
Sam McGraw
Nick Lake wrote the book Hostage Three for the purpose of entertaining readers with the story of a teenage girl stuck as a hostage on a boat with Somalian pirates. The subject of the novel is obviously survival and dealing with the terror of being kidnapped, but it also shows the rarely-seen human side of kidnappers. Most movies and books show the ‘bad guys’ as random people without a backstory or even human emotions. Nick Lake’s book shows the pirates through young Amy Field’s eyes as she inte...more
I find myself unsure whether potential readers will dive into the survival and adventure of characters taken over by Somali pirates in the 2008 heyday of those troubling world events as depicted in the 2013 movie Captain Phillips or whether they would be less than fully engaged by the somewhat experimental aspects of this book. The Printz Award winning book In Darkness by Nick Lake In Darkness by Nick Lakewas similarly off the beaten path of fiction, particularly YA fiction in its time bending Haitian blending of hist...more
This book was very compelling and honestly, quite a learning experience for me. I have never read a work of fiction about modern-day pirates. I feel like I have a somewhat broader perspective on the subject now.

I WANTED to give this book more stars because it was so very good in many ways. BUT. The 'protagonist'? Ugh. Totally unlikeable and I had a very, very difficult time relating to her. And I found it implausible that any man would be drawn to such a self-centered, shallow young woman. Serio...more
Diane Folz
Overall, this was a wonderful book. I am, however, a bit surprised it is considered appropriate for readers beginning at age 12. Seventeen year old Amy (who celebrates her eighteenth birthday during her hostage ordeal) is known as "hostage three" to the Somali pirates who have boarded her family's yacht. They hold Amy, her family and the boat's crew for ransom. The pirates, or "Somali Coast Guard" as they call themselves, refuse to call Amy and the others by name so as not to develop any persona...more
In Nick Lake's book the main thing that i noticed was how the book was structured. It begins with a chapter on events that are yet to happen in the story that the main character, Amy, is telling us. Then there will be pauses that are suitable to add tension and drama to the plot, and the let the reader settle on what they have just read. I'm mentioning the structure because i found it really interesting in how it adds to the books quality and improves the reading experience.

In the plot of the bo...more
Oak Lawn Public Library - Youth Services
Pages: 369

Lexile/Grade Level: 710/grades 6-12

Summary: Seventeen-year-old Amy, her father, and her stepmother becomes hostages when Somalian pirates seize their yacht, but although she builds a bond with one of her captors it becomes brutally clear that the price of life and its value are two very different things.

Comments: This book does not have obviously delineated chapters and does not (according to me) have a pleasing page layout. The story itself was very interesting and kept me on my toes...more
Erin Sterling
Wow, this book was totally different than what I expected. From the title and the cover, I thought it was going to be action-packed thriller. It had aspects of that, but was much more thoughtful than I expected (which, had I thought about the author being the author of In Darkness I might have expected more). Told from the perspective of a girl aboard a yacht with her dad and step-mother that gets attacked by Somali pirates. Yes, it's pirate attack, but nuanced pirate attack. This book deals wit...more
I was hooked right from the first page! I loved Amy's voice, and her background and character. I thought it was great that Nick Lake didn't try to soften her or make any apologies for Amy being selfish and bored and petulant. That makes her sound unlikeable, but she was so easy to identify with. All the supporting characters were equally wonderful, and I loved that each of them had their own story even if we didn't learn it until later. As for the subject matter, I can't say I'd ever considered...more
Jan 20, 2014 Meredith rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Let me begin by saying I won this book to review from goodreads.

What a fantastic book. It definitely took me by surprise and was so difficult to put down. I'm disappointed to be finished.

Hostage 3 is about a 17(almost 18) year old girl named Amy Fields who is just finishing up school when her dad decides he wants to buy a private yacht and sail around the world. We get a nice map in the beginning of the book with their travel route sketched out. Early on in the story, the yacht is taken over by...more
The real action in this book starts when the yacht that belongs to Amy and her family is overtaken by Somali pirates. I'm not sure how much of the story is based on research of how modern pirates operate, but I found that part really interesting--especially how the pirates made efforts to treat their captives with respect and kept it business-like. The part I liked least had to do with the romance that developed between Amy and one of her captors. The ending has an interesting approach, one that...more
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Hostage Three is very different from the kind of realistic fiction I usually read. A good different. It’s exactly what reeled me in to give the book a try, actually. I’m very glad that I did read this one because it opened me up to Nick Lake’s writing and to this distinctive story.

While Hostage Three wasn’t exactly what I’d call a page-turner, I have to say I found it compelling. After all, it isn’t everyday I read a survival story about a girl whose fami...more

I swear this is a major emotional roller coaster. It starts a little dull at first, but you get really into it. This book talks about an issue that we all deal with. War and terrorist's. At least in America we are fed this propaganda that basically all the other country's can go rot and we're number #1! Their is something seriously wrong with that attitude. Amy herself was not a likable character though. I just loved Farouz (sorry if that's wrong) he's...more
Ms. Logan
Hostage Three is a really exciting, interesting read. The book begins on the deck of the Daisy May, where Amy (aka "Hostage Three") has a gun pointed at her. A navy dinghy is coming closer, and the head pirate is yelling "shoot her." It's a very intense scene, and just when you think there is no way out, the book flashes back to Amy in school in London, before her father decided to take time off and sail around the world.

The thing I like about Hostage Three is that all of the characters are flaw...more
I received Hostage Three through a Goodreads giveaway and I was really excited to start this book. Not only because this was the first book I had ever won (imagine my glee when the postman delivered this early Xmas present!), yet also because it sounded like a really interesting read. I had been recently reading a fair few fantasy and dystopian novels and looked forward to getting into a story focussing on thrills and suspense.

Being new to Nick Lake as an author, I was extremely impressed with H...more
Christine Brodien-Jones
Feb 07, 2014 Christine Brodien-Jones rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Young adult readers
“Hostage Number Three” begins with a harrowing scene: Amy, a teenage girl who’s being held hostage by Somali pirates on her family's yacht, has a gun to her head.

Lake doesn’t doesn't glamorize the pirates; instead he shows the world from their perspective, showing us the western characters through their eyes. To quote The Guardian: “By extending this imaginative generosity even to people who would usually be villains, Hostage Three goes beyond the tropes of genre fiction, and does something rath...more
Stephanie A.
a/k/a "the waiting list for Captain Phillips is too long, so I'll take an aperitif in book form, please." I did get a little eye-rolly at both the quasi-love story and the "oh, Somali pirates aren't REALLY bad, they just don't have any other way to survive and who can blame them" tactic, but all in all I thought it was an engaging, suspenseful read, and well divided between the urgency of the present, the slow reveal of Amy's mother's suicide, and the intermittent flashbacks to stories of Farouz...more
Clare Binge
I won this book through a goodreads giveaway.
This story is about a teenage girl who travels with her family on a yacht holiday, the yacht and its occupants end up getting taken hostage by pirates near the coast of Somalia. The story really makes you think about why these people do what they do and the bigger picture of the hardships and troubles they go through on a daily basis. I enjoyed reading about the change in the main character as the story and hostage situation progresses, the ending was...more
Sally Kruger
I have to admit I haven't read Nick Lake's Printz Award winning book IN DARKNESS, but after having picked up HOSTAGE THREE and devouring it in two days, I now know I must read IN DARKNESS as soon as I can get my hands on a copy.

HOSTAGE THREE begins with a spoiled, rich girl getting kicked out of her A level exams mostly to see what kind of reaction she can get from her work obsessed father and the stepmother she believes he married all too soon after her mother's death. What Amy Field didn't exp...more
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My name is Nick and I write and edit books for children and young adults. I wrote a vampire ninja trilogy called BLOOD NINJA but nowadays I mainly do what could perhaps be described as literary thrillers. The first of these, IN DARKNESS, was published by Bloomsbury in 2012. The second, HOSTAGE THREE, came out January 2013 in the UK and is coming October 2013 in the USA. The third, as yet untitled,...more
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