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By 2035 the rich have gotten richer, the poor have gotten poorer, and kidnapping has become a major growth industry in the United States. The children of privilege live in secure, gated communities and are escorted to and from school by armed guards. But the security around Charity Meyers has broken down...

By 2035 the rich have gotten richer, the poor have gotten poorer, a
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Published October 9th 2007 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jennifer Wardrip
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Ever since her dad invented a super-effective bronzing treatment, Charity's been living the life of the coddled rich, in a guarded estate of a select 120 homes, with servants to see to all of her family's needs. But being rich has its downsides, too -- she can rarely go beyond the walls of the estate, her father and ex-stepmother are too busy with their own lives to concern themselves with hers, and being a rich kid makes her the target of the growing ki
Aug 31, 2009 rated it did not like it
I really need a bookshelf labeled "books so awful I couldn't finish them".

Female main character (FMC), who I didn't care enough about to actually remember her name, is a priviledged white girl living in Florida(?) in the not-so-distant future when kidnapping is a legitimate industry. Rich kids get kidnapped, their parents pay up, they are returned safely 24 hours later. While it's still a traumatic event, it's pretty much expected.

But when FMC is kidnapped, it's not a normal kidnapping. But we
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
I would recommend the book Taken, by Edward Bloor to a friend because, it is a riveting story about one girls stress and agony of being taken. It describes and helps us understand her struggle to free her self from the hands of evil kidnappers. Taken takes place in 2036, where most children have a chip in them which tells the parents where the child is. Where they are kidnapped, that is what the kidnapper first looks for to take out so the parents can’t locate the child. The book has 5 main char ...more
Apr 13, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommended to Jennifer by: BookLetters
Shelves: youngadult, mystery, scifi
"Once you've been taken, you usually have twenty-four hours left to live. By my reckoning that meant I had about twelve hours remaining."

An excellent opening which, unfortunately, in retrospect doesn't make much sense. Charity wakes on a stretcher in a van and immediately knows that she has been taken as part of the flourishing kidnapping industry. The problem with the opening sentence is that it is completely undermined by the premise that the kidnapping industry of this imagined near future on
Ana Bierle czernek
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read this as a buddy-read with my 12 year old daughter. It was a surprisingly good read. I'd read mixed reviews on it, but she and I both thoroughly enjoyed it. There were twists and turns that we didn't predict. There was drama and suspense as well as intrigue and duplicity. Instead of following our initial plan to read it over the course of the week, we started and finished it the same day.
Feb 01, 2017 rated it liked it
disappointing for the most part but had a very nice ending
Saleh MoonWalker
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Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Frustratingly simple and anticlimatic. Much like this review.
Keith Urmie
I really enjoyed this book. It gave a possible outlook on what could happen in the future. It also showed that parents can teach their kids things in the respect that Charity knows a lot about dermatology and her father is a dermatologist. I liked how the author could trick me. The author tricked me and probably anyone who has read this book when it is actually her father that kidnaps Charity. The author also tricked me when they led us to believe that Charity's father was gone to football games ...more
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Oct 18, 2010 rated it liked it
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Jan 26, 2008 rated it liked it
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Kidnapping becomes a major increase in America in 2035. Taken, by Edward Bloor, is a mystery novel that takes place in the future. The people of the Highlands take kidnapping very seriously and even have classes dedicated to it. Charity Meyers lives in a huge house with security guards and surveillance cameras everywhere in her house. Charity becomes kidnapped but this is nothing like what she was prepared for. She recreates the past three days in her mind to keep herself calm. She knows that e ...more
Sep 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Middle school
This book had a lot of twists which was good, however, it was sort of slow paced. It felt like J Fic, but every once in a while threw in a curse word or suggestive comment to warrant it a YA. It felt like it did just enough to make it inappropriate for a 4th grader. Anyhoo, the story is set in the near future 2035/6 and kidnapping has become an industry. Wealthy kids are regularly kidnapped and there is a protocol to follow in order to get your child back. It starts with the main character, 13 y ...more
Zora R.
Oct 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Taken was a good book. It was a book full of suspense and also was full of action. The book is about a girl named Charity Meyers. She is a wealthy thirteen year old girl who lives in a rich neighborhood called the highlands with high security, due to kidnapping progression during the years. on a new years morning she found her self in an ambulance and has been taken. In the highlands they are trained to do whatever they are told to do. Unfortunately many things go wrong. I like the book but the ...more
Oct 08, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-lit, 2007
In 2035, kidnapping is a growth industry and the children who live enclosed in guarded estates are taught tactics in school about how to act and cooperate if they happen to be "taken." This book begins with Charity awakening to discover that is exactly what has happened to her. She has been taken. But by who? Why her? And will her family cooperate fully?

This book was a fast, suspenseful read that had a few nice plot twists I didn't see coming from a mile away. While I may have rolled my eyes on
Dec 02, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one.
this book takes place in the future where kidnapping has become a major industry, and rich kids are separated from poor families in high security gated neighborhoods. they dont even go to real schools. charity, the main character in this story, gets kidnapped on christmas during the night and can bareley remember what really happened because she was sick. while in the back of this ambulence that they whisked her away in, she tinks back to her most recent, vivid memories of her and her friends an ...more
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
In 2035, the children of the rich are often kidnapped and held for ransom money, thus these kids are usually kept in gated communities with armed guards and rarely go outside them. Charity has been kidnapped and is waiting for her parents to follow the protocol and pay the money to get her back.

The first 150 pages were a mix of boring flashbacks and boring current-time/in-the-middle-of-the-kidnapping stuff. I guess the flashbacks were there to give you an idea of what life is like in 2035, but i
Jun 15, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Charity has been kidnapped.

Of course, in 2036, kidnappers and parents have an understanding, and in 24 hours everything should go totally smoothly, and Charity should be home without a scratch on her.

Well, that was the plan.

I liked this book- it didn't have a lot of action, but it was still fast paced. I thought it was predictable, but the plot twist at the end was a nice unexpected shock. Unfortunately the cover is dreadful, and it gives away part of the secret if you pay close enough attentio
Morgan Wendel
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thought that this book was really good and thought it had a lot of action. To me, this book was very hard to put down because it was so good. Throughout the entire book I just wanted to keep reading because when the kidnapping happened, everything and everyone changed and it was kind of intense. My favorite character was Charity because she never gave up on what she wanted to do and she wasn't selfish like some of the other characters in the book. My favorite part is when she tries to escape f ...more
Jul 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: different
I wasn't really pulled into this book like I thought I should be for a kidnapping book. I was kind of reeled in, but maybe if the main character was less annoying I would have liked it better (don't you just hate those books were you just can't sympathise for the main character and you just WANT them to die). However I must say that the author gave an interesting dystopian future, that is a valid possibility of a future economy. And he managed to explore what gives us happiness. Money or freedom ...more
Keith Bagdon
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book had one of the greatest hooks at the beginning to keep me reading, but then dives down into a terrible hole. It was really interesting, but got boring when charity (main character) remembered flash backs. There are like 100 boring and useless flashbacks that last 10-20 pages each. They don't add anything to the book, just keep the reader from the action. Don't feel bad if you find yourself skipping the useless flashbacks to get back into the action.
Very interesting. Going to be used for a middle school (7 & 8 grades) book club. Full review to come!
Jul 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: summer-2013
I didn't like how it was set up to be honest. I liked certain parts of it, particularly the parts where it was actually present time. But overall I couldn't really get into it.
Oct 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
I don't think the book is that good it just drags on. It is really boring . Stuff hapens that knowbody needs to know
Jackson Eells
Sep 04, 2015 rated it liked it
It is a good book i you like suspensfull books. But I only really liked the beginning and the end the middle was just not really saying anything that interesting. Out of five I would rate it a 3.5:)
Katie Smith
Oct 27, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I felt like I was watching a soap opera.
May 30, 2017 added it
Exploring the Book “Taken” and Kidnapping
This story is about a girl who is kidnapped and the scenarios that occur throughout the book that can either kill her or keep her alive. Charity Meyers is the young girl who unsuspected got kidnapped in the “Highlands” which is the so called safe place for people who are in fear of being kidnapped. Protected by gates and guards its safe for people like Charity Meyers until one day she goes missing. Charity tries to negotiate with her kidnappers but that
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is written by Edward blood. I've never read any other books by him but I really liked this one. His writing style is very realistic and he writes to tell you what's going on and the thought going through the characters head. I really liked that this book is so real, the emotions are real and so is the situations. The main character was charity. She had been kidnapped. Now it may not be easy to relate to that but the author puts you in her head and makes the emotions as vivid as possibl ...more
Mia B.
Feb 05, 2013 rated it liked it
This quarter, I decided to read the book Taken by Edward Bloor. I think this was a pretty interesting story that I chose, almost unlike any other that I have read. This novel takes place in the year 2035, so it is a futuristic story, which I find fascinating to hear about people’s ideas of what is yet to come. A grasping beginning is a necessity in order for me to continue on with reading because I cannot take reading something that is boring or lengthy. With this book, the first sentence starts ...more
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Edward (William) Bloor

Personal Information: Born October 12, 1950, in Trenton, NJ; son of Edward William and Mary (Cowley) Bloor; married Pamela Dixon (a teacher), August 4, 1984. Father to a daughter and a son. Education: Fordham University, B.A., 1973.

Career: Novelist and editor. English teacher in Florida public high schools, 1983-86; Harcourt Brace School Publishers, Orlando, FL, senior editor
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