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Hostage Three

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  1,387 Ratings  ·  332 Reviews
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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Kaylan I think so, there is some violence but I don't think it would be anything a 12-13 year old hasn't seen before. Also, it depends how experienced the…moreI think so, there is some violence but I don't think it would be anything a 12-13 year old hasn't seen before. Also, it depends how experienced the reader is because some parts are emotional. (less)

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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
Kevin Lee
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Hostage Three first grabbed my attention with it's witty title. It made me question the seemingly easy read, and eventually forced me to dive into it- cluelessly. The plot to this book is something new. There is no dystopian society, no puzzle to solve, and not even a group of teens rebelling against their government. Hostage Three offers a story of a teenage girl named Amy. Though Amy's style is gothic and rebellious, she is still a harmless young girl at heart. I'm pretty sure many younger tee ...more
Jade Walker
Feb 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dark Faerie Tales
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A family adventure that takes a deadly turn, will they be able to survive the pirates?

Opening Sentence: “We stand on the diving platform of our yacht, in the brutal sunlight.”

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Amy ends up on on a yacht with her father, stepmother and three other people as they decided to spend a year sailing around the world. Things are going just fine until they come near the Somali coast and her dad informs her of all the protocol to a
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: peach-award
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
Elijah Wood
I'm going to start this by saying I did not finish the book yet, but I have read enough to give my opinion on it. Nick Lake does a perfect job at keeping my hooked and leaves me wanting to keep reading. Even though there aren't that many different settings the book stays interesting and a new experience for each chapter. I should also add how well Nick Lake makes each character unique in their own way and having each character talk a certain way. By doing this it makes picturing what is happeni ...more
Bree Hodges
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
This lacked something.... I felt no emotion towards the main character. She was, in my opinion, spoiled and stupid
Kalla [A Bookish Nerd]
Overall rating: Another waste of my time.

The last thing Amy planned to do this summer was sail around the world trapped on a yacht with her father and 'the stepmother'. Really, all she wanted was to fast-forward to October when she'll turn eighteen and take control of her own life. Aboard the Daisy May, Amy spends time sunbathing, dolphin watching and forgetting the past as everything floats by... until one day in the Gulf of Aden another boat appears. A boat with guns and pirates- the kind that
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Hmm, this was alright. 2.75-ish

-Weird dialogue writing but easy to get used to.
-Felt no connection w the characters, were annoying at times
-emotions written vividly which is ✔✔✔
-Thought there was bit of stereotyping or u can say labelling of Muslims as terrorists ("pirates").
-didnt get point of including their beliefs in this???
Petra Willemse
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Sort of a stretched premise (pirates, young British girl) that doesn't play out into a full length novel to me.
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thank you, Bloomsbury*

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
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
Before I review a book, I think seriously about what I'm going to put in a review. Sometimes I have these thoughts in the middle of reading, which generally mean I'm thrown back out of the book and never really develop a liking for it, and I have to say I think that's what happened here. I had too many eye rolling moments of thinking how exactly I wanted to describe this book without ever really connecting at all.

My first issue came early on; the author doesn't use " to indicate a character is s
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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
Chelsea K.
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Madison Perez
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
3.5 stars. I really did not expect to love this book. It so easily could have fallen into Stockholm syndrome, or the rich white person learns something from less fortunate stereotype, but it avoided these tropes neatly. Hostage Three works because of realistic characters and emotion.

Hostage Three discusses a very important topic I've never seen in a book before: the crisis in Somalia. Essentially, Somalia's economy and political sustain forces thousands of its citizens to become pirates. Having
Char Freund
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was selected by a former teacher for our adult book club. I also enjoy teen books for a quick escape read as their themes are often deeper than contemporary fiction. At first I was afraid this would be an overly dramatic predictable book with stereotypical characters: absent dad, distant stepmom, and rebellious teen just wanting to be loved and noticed.

But it ended up being a coming of age tale with several themes that could encourage both classroom and adult discussion. Specifically,
Catherine Linka
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Lynette Chan
Mar 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
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!
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
language caution/warning. I thought the author did a great job of conveying some of the emotions, thoughts, and dynamics of interaction between those who remain behind after a loved one takes their own life (or anyone who has lost a friend/loved one for any reason). It made the book a bit difficult to read in some places. If it had not struck that emotional chord, I may have given it only three stars.
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it
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.
Makaila D.
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING!!!!! I love this book so much I could read it over and over again and not get tired of it. Hostage Three was such a tense book that was hard to put down. It had some parts which I didn't want to happen like Farouz dying. I for sure recommend this book to everyone.
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 to 4... a little anti-climatic
Natalie Couch
Dec 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
It was fairly slow during most of the middle and I sometimes questioned how much plot there would be to have as much book left as I had. Ultimately the ending was beautiful, tragic, and realistic.
1 star. But also 4.
I feel completely hollow and empty trying to write this review. It needs to be separated into two polar opposite spheres. Before page 315 and After page 315. So, here:

After page 315.
I have to start with After, because right now, even with everything that i know i loved about Before, After is all i can think about. After is not a happy place. It's also one HUGE spoiler, so don't read it - DON'T read it - if you want to read the book. Which i cannot recommend you do. As much as
Oct 07, 2017 rated it liked it
My rating: 3/5 stars
I found this novel’s plot to be quite different and that’s what got me hooked in the first place, although at times I did find it to be boring and stretched out.
I found the cover of the novel (the one with a side shot of a girl’s face, a yacht, and half of an eagle’s face, all in a vintage photo effect, along with a sparkling blue and green sea) to be really mesmerising and it was one of the contributing factors as to why I chose to read the novel. After finishing the book,
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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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