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The Disappeared

(The Disappeared #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  277 ratings  ·  43 reviews
In a future where children are segregated into institutions that range from comfortable 'Learning Communities' to prison-like 'Local Academies', 17-year-old Jackson is an academic high flyer, living in a top Learning Community and destined for a position in the Leadership. But when he is sent with his best friend Wilson to deliver a package to a factory block, the two boys ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 31st 2013 by Simon & Schuster UK
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Lyra Vincent
Nov 05, 2012 marked it as to-read
This is the book that my mother wrote and I really want to read it.
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers

John Jackson is seventeen years old, has an AEP score of 98.5, and is one of the most intelligent "brainers" at one of the country's most prestigious Learning Community, being groomed for a Leadership position in the upper levels of politics. Everything goes Jackson's way until one day when he and his best friend Wilson are jumped by a couple of thugs outside the safety of the Learning Community walls. Jackson narrowly escapes death, but when he tries to
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-for-review
The Disappeared is a futuristic page-turner. It’s full of high-octane action, brutality and suspense.

Jackson is a brainer and is studying to join the Leadership and fulfil his natural role in society. Like every student he took a Potential Test as a young child and was identified as a student fit for the Learning Community. But the perfect world (where everyone has a special role in society) which Jackson believes in is ripped away from him when he is asked to do a task for his Facilitator. Alon
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it

In Short
- The action starts pretty much from the first chapter.
- There are constantly new twists with lots of action and character building.
- Harper really pushes some boundaries in this book.
- I disliked how Jackson felt a lot younger than he was.

In Long
I haven’t read much dystopia lately and The Disappeared appealed to me so I decided to give it a go! Any doubts were straight away put to the side. I haven’t read a book in ages which gets into the storyline as quickly
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book

It is a UK dystopian which is edgy and exciting. The world established is terrifyingly realistic and creepy. I loved seeing how the different strands of society had become segregated and the impact that had on the life chances of the individuals effected by the segregation starting with very very basically the way they spoke but right up to the opportunities and experiences available to them.

I loved loved loved the fact that the kids with all the power and respect in
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Harper is a talented writer who has the ability to absorb the reader into the incredible dystopian world. It is a clearly well thought out book and the ideas weave together to create a brilliant story. The Disappeared has a perfect mixture of everything: action, romance, thrill and humorous moments.
I felt a strong bond towards all the characters which made the book even more engaging. We read the story through the eyes of teenage boy, Jackson. He has been brought up in Willows Learning Communit
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: signed, rak-gifted, own
The disappeared was a brilliant debut novel, full of action, mystery and suspense. I really enjoyed discovering the darker side to Jackson's world alongside him and was constantly intrigued to find out more, I wanted to get the bottom of things and make a change just as much as him. Harper has created a great future, dystopic, world where everyone is segregated and oppressed without even realising it. That is, until Jackson comes along, moved from one class to another he notices the differences ...more
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, cant wait for the second!
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kind of wow, I'm not sure.. it started with a huge bang (not literally) for sure, then it was more discovery than action, I think. Some moments were kind of cliche, so nothing too new there. It was a very good book though and I did enjoy it. I'm also going to assume there is a sequel, because you definitely can't leave it like that, but I honestly thought this was a stand-alone book.. ah well. I would recommend this book, the concept is very good and it is interesting to figure out what's going ...more
Amanda Jo
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
It wasn't really what I was expecting. It started out well enough and peaked my interest, but a third in it began dragging. I was still somewhat curious to see how it continued, but once I (finally) passed the half way mark, I just sped through it to get to over with and start something else, to be honest. ...more
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A 1984-esque story that you can't help but finish. ...more
Well, my first impression of this book is that after reading so many YA Dystopians written by American authors, it was nice to finally have an English author pen one. It's one of those trivial details but when the language is literally the same you grow up with, including some slang and an educational system structure, it just helps to ground it more, especially when the setting is in the “not-too-distant-future”.

The society in which The Disappeared is set, is split into three clean sectors: Th
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I actually ended up really enjoying this story even though I knew very little about it when I first picked it up. This is basically a thriller/dystopian YA read and it's all based around a young boy called Blake. Blake goes to a special Learning Centre where he is taught that his place in society will one day be in Leadership and that he is intelligent and needs to do his best to learn and become a valuable asset for the Leader (who governs the country since the Long War).

The world the Blake is
Nov 21, 2012 rated it liked it
I don’t know why, but I expected The Disappeared to be more of a thriller than a dystopia and this threw me off a little in the beginning but I ended up enjoying it.

CJ Harper introduces Jackson’s world with mystery and intrigue. We’re immediately introduced to an incredibly elitist society and I was left what could possibly have led to the forming of a structure like that. Then Jackson’s erasure from the system occurred. Firstly, how on earth could someone manage that? And secondly, what on eart
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Probably closer to 4.5 - this is the rating given by Amy Bookworm's blog, please check out my review there to read the rest of this).

Well, the concept's kooky... Seriously, when I read that there were teachers in cages I was a bit sceptical and surprised. Sure, it's a dystopia and anything can happen but it doesn't mean anything should. I know this isn't that far on the insane spectrum but it's still strange. But, it makes sense now to some extent. It's the literal teachers being detache
Pamela Todd
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
When Jackson and best friend, Wilson, leave the comfort of their Learning Community to deliver a package in a factory block, their lives change in an instant. Jackson witnesses his friend tumbling off a balcony and he himself is badly beaten. The police arrive and Jackson asks them to take him back to his school. But when he gets there, it appears he doesn’t exist.

Jackson has been wiped from all records and must go to an Academy...a place he has only heard horror stories about. Once in the Acade
This was a very fun read (even though ‘fun’ isn’t exactly the right word to describe this book). It’s very fast-paced and I flew through it.

Jackson’s live is pretty close to perfect. He’s the smartest kid at his Learning Community and is pretty much guaranteed to get a big function in the Leadership after he finishes school. However, after an attack that leaves his friend dead and Jackson injured, all of his records seem to have disappeared. He can’t go back to his Learning Community or his past
Mar 18, 2016 rated it did not like it
I picked this up from the library as it sounded like my kind of read. It took me a little while to get into as you were dropped straight into the action and the backstory wasn't immediately obvious.

Jackson and Wilson are sent to deliver a parcel for a teacher at their school, but something goes wrong and they are attacked. Jackson is then picked up by the police and taken back to the school, but they have no record of him and he is sent to an Academy.

This was reminiscent of Divergent and The Hun
Jules Goud
Apr 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Jackson watched his friend die. Then his identity was erased. He isn't Jackson anymore, he's Blake. His has to try to fit in to a place where fights are a regular event and the teachers are kept in cages. The penalty for not adapting could be death.

I didn't really like Blake. I just never really connected to him. He was a snob at the beginning. I really didn't like how he thought that he was better then everyone there. I didn't like his attitude at all. It got a little bit better towards the mid
Emma Carroll
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
For the record, I'm not a fan of dystopian fiction. Yet 'The Disappeared' is.. yes...I admit it... a cracking good read. After a violent encounter, Jackson's life of privilege is snatched from him. He is thrown into an Academy school- for his own protection, apparently. There, he learns the truth behind society's stereotypes, and emerges a better person for it. The actions starts on the very first page and doesn't let up. The alternative reality of Academy life is very well created: different la ...more
James Hargest Library
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-books-june
Enjoyable dystopian novel. Jackson scored a 98.5 in his Potential Test at 5 years old and was shipped away to his elite Learning Community. He, and his friend Wilson, have never met anyone from a Second Class Learning Facility let alone anyone so deficient to qualify for the Academy where future factory workers are sent as children. But when Jackson's perfect world is ripped away from him and he ends up as a Special at the Academy, he realises just how flawed the system is. Can Jackson survive t ...more
Amber (Books of Amber)
Oct 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-read
The Disappeared is intriguing, and entirely gripping. Once I started, I couldn't stop reading! I was captivated from the moment Jackson got sent to the Academy, after his records were deleted from the school files.

I was really impressed by how the author made this so dark and gritty. I love young adult novels that get really into their settings like this one does. I was honestly shocked at some of the things that happened in this book, both in and out of the Academy. This is a proper dystopian,
Suz reviews
Feb 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
I gave up because I hated Jackson, couldn't get into his POV. I understand his way of raising makes him more shallow, but it took too long before some character progression started happening. It wasn't Jackson, but the stereotypes that put me off the most. Just because you're on an academy/ less intelligent school does not mean that suddenly your grammar is worse or you can't even eat from a decent plate?

I hope this is explained later on in the books, but I couldn't read it without wanting to th
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, I wish if it elaborated more at the end as to what happened. I feel certain areas of the book were rushed where they could have gone more in detail.

I shed a tear in the part where he had to bury his mother, those there wasn't really much emotional provoking words it still got to me.

This is a great little book.
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I didn't expect to like this book as much as I did, I don't know why it just didn't appeal to me. But hey I liked it, enjoyable read.
It's actually a pretty sad book, it make you feel uncomfortable (I haven't decided if this is a good or bad thing yet) and it definitely makes you think.
Real rating: 3.5
Dec 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
Thanks to Lovereading4kids for providing me with a review copy of this book.
You can read my review (along with others) here.
Jenny Delandro
May 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Well this book tries to paint a picture of the future but it only colours in a few panels each chapter..
not only are we following the story line, we are finding out why these kids have someone try g tro kill them...
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I felt this book started off slowly, I could have given it 3 stars, but towards the second half of the book it really picked up the pace and became a great read! I am looking forward to reading the sequel, which is out next year.
Sue Harper
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Awesome a fantastic book from this new author. I am looking forward to more about Jackson
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