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Locked Inside

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  564 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
As the orphaned daughter of a wildly successful inspirational singer/author, Marnie Skyedottir stands to inherit great wealth. But until then, Marnie has to survive a dreary life in private school. She endures by escaping into an online role-playing game as much as possible and steering clear of the other students. So when Marnie is kidnapped by someone who also claims to ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 19th 2009 by Speak (first published February 8th 2000)
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My patience can only last so long. The first half of this book is the complaints of a teenage girl worth something-babillion dollars about how pissed she is at the people who are trying to help her and how everyone else are just losers who sell out to the world in order to be cool. Except for her, of course. She has spiky blonde hair and raccoon eyes to prove to the world that she is Different, with a capitol D.

The second half of the book is where the girl, Marnie, gets kidnapped by a psycho and
Marnie is the only child of the now deceased Skye. One of the most famous recording artists of her time. Today Marnie Skyedottir is worth $235.27 million, but she has to get by on $50 a week thanks to her guardian Max. Marnie attends a boarding school and doesn't get real good grade because she is up all night long playing her fantasy role playing game on her computer till all hours of the night being taunted by "the Elf," another player like herself who becomes her friend. But Marnie is not saf ...more
Apr 17, 2010 Evelyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: realistic
A taut and suspenseful book, to be sure. But some characters were better written/more realistic than others. I felt that it was trying to be a psychological thriller, but I was not thrilled; the main character failed to engage me. Even though it's clear that she has some issues in her life, she just reads like a whiny brat - which she is - and the elegance with which her character development was written only barely made up for it. Skye's backstory and Elf seemed set to outdo each other in contr ...more
Marnie Skyedottir is filthy rich. Well she's going to be rich once she turns twenty-one and if she graduates high school. It's money that was left to her after her inspiring, rockstar mother died, not exactly the way that any young girl wants to get rich. Almost as horrible as that is where she finds herself now, at a snobby boarding school. It's filed with pretentious know-it-alls, annoying teachers, and peering eyes. Marnie would much rather be locked in her room playing in the virtual world w ...more
Susie Carson
Nov 05, 2009 Susie Carson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
After reading The Impossible I decided to check out some of Werlin's other work, and I must say I enjoyed this one. The main character is somewhat closed off and kind of rude to others but somehow sympathetic anyway. I did enjoy getting to know her and finding out what made her tick. The account of the kidnapping was scary without being truly disturbing, which I appreciate, since I don't want nightmares. All in all, very enjoyable read. I finished it in about a day, so it's a quick read, also.
MariAnn Field
Oct 17, 2015 MariAnn Field rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lit-13-25
Marnie is an anti-social girl who goes to a boarding school only at the request of her guardian. After losing her mother, Marnie has no interest in being a part of a group. She is content to stay home and spend all her time in the on-line gaming world. This all changes when she gets kidnapped.

This book was such a page turner. I wanted to know what was going to happen to Marnie throughout the story. I found that there was a good balance between Marnie's actual life experiences and her on-line gam
Tabi Card
Jun 12, 2015 Tabi Card rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, wishlist
I really liked this book. After reading all of this author’s other books, I was kinda cringing as to what this book might have in store, but I was happily surprised.
The plot at first was a little confusing, but it still made sense. Sounds confusing right? That’s pretty much an idea of what the book is like: confusing and yet makes sense. It’s also pretty quirky, which I enjoy those quirky books that no one really hasn’t told.
And as I’ve mentioned in other reviews of this author’s books, I appr
When I started reading this book the character's online names seemed familiar so I probably read it before. Which means it wasn't unforgettable. Even so, I enjoyed it because I wanted to understand about friendships formed online. My son has met two women through playing WOW three nights a week. The book made me understand how more reclusive kids that don't make 'real' friends easily can feel close to the people they game with. Eventually they might meet them in real life and develop a more huma ...more
Locked Inside isn’t a fantasy novel at all, which I probably would have realized sooner if I hadn’t read it two seconds after I set down Heir Apparent. Instead of Giannine, we have Marnie, daughter to the famous ex-gospel singer and founder of an almost-religion, Skye. Instead of virtual reality, we have what appears to be an MMORPG called Paliopolis. Instead of adventure and life or death situations, we have an all-too-real kidnapping and life or death situations. Marnie is, like Giannine, a ch ...more
Nov 05, 2012 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 13-25
Marnie Skyedottir is the sole inheritor of her dead mother's vast amount of money. Her mother, Skye, was an inspirational writer and gospel-singer who died in a plane crash when Marnie was 11 years old. Now, Marnie is at a boarding school, hating every moment of it. She seeks relief from playing games on her laptop. One day, Marnie is kidnapped and now she must fight for her life. Has she shut everyone out of her life too much to have any hope of being saved?

I think I would have liked this book
Oct 28, 2014 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Marnie's extremely successful mother dies. Marnie inherits millions but cannot get it in full until she is 18. Her guardian allows her $50 a week and she is obnoxious about it not being enough even that that is twice as much as I use a week, maybe more. Anyway, she is at boarding school and is stuck there over spring break so she wastes her time playing online video games. She makes a friend. She is kidnapped. She is kept in a basement. The online friend gets the kidnapper drunk. They escape. Th ...more
Nov 30, 2014 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Werlin does not disappoint - this time with a heroine, Marnie, who is the daughter of a dead pop star/pop writer. Marnie is careening down a path filled with anger and ticking people off right, left, and center, her only reprieve an online fantasy game. There is a kidnapping in the book but the real story is what's going on in Marnie's head and who her mother really was. As psychologically thrilling as The Killer's Cousin but perhaps more forgiving? You won't want to put it down.
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This was a great book! It's about a girl named Marnie, who is the daughter of a superstar. Her mother died when she was very young. She has had to live in the world by herself(she doesn't really like her guardian) but her mother left behind a lot of money. She also attend a boarding school that she doesn't seem to like. I thought that the main character was very interesting because we see how her personality changes as she goes through danger. At first she is anti-social and spends most of her t ...more
May 16, 2013 Spencer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english-356
This book is about a girl who is the daughter a famous and wealthy singer. Her mother dies and leaves her a fortune. She goes to private school but her grades suffer because she spends too much time playing video games online. She struggles socially with the other girls and faculty. This story is about how one of her teachers kidnaps her because she thinks she is her sister and is entitled to some of the fortune. Many secrets about the past are uncovered and because of this experience the girl l ...more
Oct 09, 2011 Kenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ever since I read The Rules of Survival, I was interested in another of Nancy Werlin’s books, Locked Inside. This book is about a girl named Marnie who lived in a world without her mother, because the mother died. Marnie is a depressing character because she spends her time online on the internet playing her games, where her life online meets a player named “elf”. It was interesting to read about how Marnie was kidnapped, because I have read a story about kidnapped before. It was amazing at the ...more
Hannah Reed
I've read two books by Nancy Werlin before (The Killer's Cousin and Impossible) and I loved them both, but this one unfortunately fell flat for me. It was a definite page turner, but the more I read it the more irritated I got. In the beginning of the book I loved Marnie because she was quite intelligent, but by the end she was beginning to irritate me, and I just absolutely hated how unrealistic the ending was. The thing that kept me reading until the end was the kidnapping storyline, because I ...more
Feb 01, 2016 Kristin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book.It was good. I loved how Nancy Werlin put in the charcter Frank back into the book from the other book. I read this book awhile ago so I don't rememebr what other book Frank was in but I liked how she put a familiar character in the book.
Jun 05, 2010 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 11-th-grade
Marnie,the daughter of a superstar who had died. She has no interest in school.The only thing that keep her alive was every time when chat online with a mysterious guy named Elf. Her life seemed very boring until she was kidnapped. The kidnapper claims to be Marnie's sister. Later on, Elf finally reveals himself and stay in the cold basement with Marnie. I learned that life has to be cherished. There are many dangers in the world and anything can happen. SO it is best to do what you want but ha ...more
Mar 07, 2010 Libby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Locked Inside was a page turner, no doubt about it. It is the story of a rich teenager who becomes wrapped up in an online game, and spends way too much time on it. Of course, she is kept behind over Spring break at her rich girls boarding school and through these slightly confusing events she gets kidnapped and locked in a basement. Then, of course, Elf the guy whom she has been battling against on the online game comes along.

And guess what? They fall in love. Shocking, I know.

But the book was
HIGH larious. Norly. Intrigued me mostly because in some ways it reminded me a LOT of online RPGs and in others it completely contradicted them. Paliopolis seems MUCH more like a MUD than an MMO given the text-based interface, but the book was published in 2003. It makes me wonder how much the author actually knew about online gaming; it's definitely lolworthy, though not to the point of pain.

Also, the F kind of n00b names his character after his race?? That's like naming your dog Dog. I guess i
Ericka Diedrich
Mar 18, 2016 Ericka Diedrich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was very good but it got kinda boring because not a lot happened
Marnie hasn't been able to trust anyone since her mother's death. Her mother, Skye, kept the mystery of her early life utterly secret and no one knows anything about her life before she became a gospel singer / self-help guru. At least, no one will share Skye's secrets with Marnie.

Marnie is all alone at her elite, all-girl boarding school. Her only "friend" is the Elf, a fellow gamer who chalenges her in an online game. When Marnie is kidnapped, she knows that she must save herself because ther
Kayla Campbell
In my opinion, this is Nancy Werlin's worse novel. It's really slow. The style in which Nancy used to portray Marnie came off as very juvenile, therefore making it hard for me to even finish the book. Marnie tends to talk to herself a lot as well as a "voice" in her head, yet her character isn't portrayed as someone who may be mentally unstable. The novel as a whole just didn't have much depth to it. I was disappointed.
Amanda Werlein
The whole premise of it felt absurd to me, but it was a pretty good book. Although I didn't like how the love interest looked, that was a personal preference. The main character likes him just fine, and his personality is rather catching. The video game playing and email options were impressively adorable.
Aug 07, 2008 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-and-youth
The idea of a computer game addict needing to use her skills in the real world is a cool one, and gamers may enjoy it. I sort of wish that Werlin had used a male protagonist as I have far more male students stuck in World of Warcraft and the like than female. I had bought a few of these for the classroom, but I had little luck getting the boys to pick it up, and most of my girls weren't interested.
Jan 14, 2012 Cherylann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I adore Nancy Werlin's books. My students adore her books, and I know I already have some takers for this one. I liked the suspense in this book. However, I felt like the ending dragged out a bit. This is a hard book to talk about without giving away too much. However, I was disappointed with the length of the ending, but not disappointed enough to give it less than 4 stars!
Noah Westfall
Feb 08, 2013 Noah Westfall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won't give away any of the mysteries that lie within the pages of this book, but I will tell you this: if you want to know how a person feels, when they are taken out of the norm, and placed in a new situation that is as frightening as it is terrible - you should definitely read this book! Also, if you like other books by this author, you should read this.
Nov 11, 2009 Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like the title, and something about the book just didn't scream out to me like the other Werlin noves. I do adore how you incorporated Frank and David from The Killer's Cousin. And instead of having a retarded person or a zoned out person like in the other novels, she has the INSANE teacher. Which makes us all vow, never to trust our teachers.
Taking online video games to the next level, Marnie meets an Elf online and decides to give him her e-mail address to help her on her school work, due to the slacking that she's been doing. She gets too addicted, and eventually what happens? She gets knocked out and trapped in this house? Who's house? You'll have to see it to believe it.
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Nancy Werlin writes young adult fiction: New York Times–bestselling fantasy, Edgar-award winning suspense, and National Book Award-honored realistic novels.

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