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360 pages, Hardcover
First published April 16, 2013
'I'm not sure exactly why I'm protecting the Shocking Twist, because it certainly doesn't deserve to be protected.'
'It's hard to care about situations that have been designed only to obscure the ultimate twist.'
'Picturesque, slightly haunting but silly in a frustrating way.'
"Second chance is not the same as forgiveness."
dystopia - An imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one.Taken may meets this standard, but it fails so horribly at giving that feeling. I can't really explain it, but think of Divergent and The Hunger Games . Pretty awesome, right? But no. Taken is set in the modern time with a pansy leader who isolate five groups to experiment on and then start grabbing the most powerful of genders in each one depending on their age. At first it did feel dystopian, but after they got into the car, it just totally strayed away from the genre. Here's where I just started crying because there were NO. FLYING. CARS. and I was mislead by Bowman's word choice:
"'Let's go,' I say. I slide into the car and she follows my lead.
Marco says something to his partner, but a clear panel divides the front seats from the rear and his words are muffled and flat. I can hear the car, though, rumbling beneath us. Emma leans into my shoulder, and suddenly we are flying."
"We rattle ahead, the car lurching over uneven ground."
Bree: "'You come in wearing that horrible Order uniform, and we spares, nurse you back to health. We take unnecessary risks for you because you're *God's grace*. And instead of seeing what's happenings around you, you focus on how we've treated you unfairly?'
I roll my eyes, uninterested in arguing with her. 'Maybe you should have shot me then, Bree...Maybe that would have made things easier for you.'"
"'I guess that depends on how you feel. I've made myself clear. You're the one who has to make up his mind.'"Emma, how is a sixteen-year-old girl going to be wicked and not yourself?
"No, that's not what I meant."..."I'm trying to say that I think doing what you feel can't always be easy, but at least you're being true to yourself."
"It's okay, Emma, you don't have to try to make me seem like a better person. You don't have to justify why it's all right to spend time with me."
"I ...I wanted...Well, fine, Gray! It's nice to see you, too."