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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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Silver Inkys Longlist 2013
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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
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
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
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
Hostage Three in three words: Thrilling, Emotional & Bittersweet

The story starts off with a dramatic, in media res beginning, which only lasts a few pages before the reader is taken back three months before. As I continued to read, I started to almost dislike the story because the main character, Amy wasn’t very likeable. She comes off as this bratty, spoiled teenager who doesn’t get enough love from her daddy so she acts out---gets piercing, smokes cigarettes….etc. But as I kept reading, I
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
Chelsea K.
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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
Melissa  (lissaaniela)
This is the story of Amy who is kidnapped along with her family by Somali pirates when they are on a round the world trip.

The positives:

1. Good narrator. Amy is a seventeen year old with a rebellious streak. Throughout the story she goes on a journey and although she isn't the most likeable character in the beginning, by the end you feel like she actually learnt something and grew up.

2. We got to see what it's like from the other side. It's easy to want to see people who are different as the ba
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
i chose this book based on the title. i didn't know anything about it until i got the book and read what it was about on the back. i could not put this book down from the moment i got it. the main focus Amy is a high school student whose mother had committed suicide. from the beginning Amy is telling us the story of she came to be hostage three. after failing her a levels amys dad decides that he wants to go on a sailing trip and see the world. Amy isn't to please with this idea or spending how ...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
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
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
Matthew Morgan
I read the book “Hostage Three” by Nick Lake. This book is a great book has a couple plot twists. “I close my eyes and wait to be killed. My Name is Amy Fields. But the men cal me Hostage Three.” (Page 6) Amy is the main character. She is about to turn 18 in a couple mouths. She is ready to move out on her 18 th birthday. Her dad has other plans for her. She lost her mother. Now she has a step mother and Amy is not to fond of “the stepmother” Amy’s dad, step mother, and Amy go on a yacht. They a ...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
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
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
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
Pun Napat
Hostage Three
I really recommend this book for people who like adventure stuff! This is a Brilliant,Realistic,Exciting,Emotional,Realistic book, the author organize it very well. It's very realistic, For Example: The pirates kidnap Amy's family and use them as hostage, most of the book I have read doesn't have about hostage. It is also very adventurous because the hostages argue and fight the pirates, but at first the family didn't win. They fight fight and fight till they win the pirates. The fa
I was in a reading slump and then I picked up this book. I was intrigued from the get go and didn't want to stop reading it. I loved the pacing of the story and how the plot unfolded. I found the characters compelling and was in tears by the end of the book. I highly recommend it.
Amy finds herself in a dangerous situation. She, her father and step-mother have been kidnapped while sailing on their yacht. They are held for ransom by Somali pirates. As they wait in the equatorial heat for the ransom negotiations to be made and a deal reached, Amy discovers that her perception of the world, and the way it works is not a clear as she once thought.

I picked this book up because I have read other books by Nick Lake and I have not been disappointed.

I finished the book because I
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
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
Nancy S
This is really a unique book. The story is related by a teenage girl, whose mega-rich father has just bought a yacht so he, his second wife - referred to a "the stepmother") - and daughter can take a trip around the world. Off the coast of Somalia, the boat is boarded by pirates, who demand ransom for the family and crew.

What was interesting to me was what I learned about these pirates, or, as they refer to themselves, "coast guard" members. They were multi-dimensional characters, and to a degre
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My name is Nick and I write and edit books for young adults. My first YA novel IN DARKNESS, was published by Bloomsbury in 2012 and won the Michael L Printz Award for Excellence in YA Literature. I also wrote a book called HOSTAGE THREE about a girl kidnapped by Somali pirates.

THERE WILL BE LIES is coming in January 15 and is about a girl who learns that everything she knows is a lie. To say it's
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