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Before Gray Weathersby uncovered the truth about Claysoot and the Laicos Project, a girl named Bree came of age in the coastal settlement of Saltwater—and made her own surprising journey to the world beyond its borders. In Stolen, discover the story of Bree’s life before she was Snatched from her home, before she joined the rebellion, and before she met a boy named Gray…

104 pages, ebook

First published February 4, 2014

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Erin Bowman

15 books1,936 followers
Erin Bowman is the critically acclaimed author of numerous books for children and teens, including the Taken Trilogy, Vengeance Road, Retribution Rails, the Edgar Award-nominated Contagion duology, The Girl and the Witch’s Garden, and the forthcoming Dustborn. A web designer turned author, Erin has always been invested in telling stories—both visually and with words. Erin lives in New Hampshire with her husband and children. You can visit her online at embowman.com, on twitter @erin_bowman, or on instagram @heyerin.


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March 22, 2015
To clear up some confusion:

Yes, this is a prequel, with the events of STOLEN happening prior to TAKEN. However, this novella is perhaps best read after TAKEN. STOLEN supplements TAKEN's existing plot line and should be viewed as more of a companion story than anything else. It gives insights to Bree's character that play into the sequels, FROZEN and FORGED, so iIf you try to read STOLEN before any of the novels, you'll likely be left a little lost.

That's all. Thanks for reading. You guys rock. :)
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267 reviews375 followers
August 20, 2016
I'm pretty sure I enjoyed this novella more than the full length novel, Taken. I'm even more excited to continue this series now! I wasn't the biggest Bree fan in Taken but now I'm completely on board! She is such a strong character and I loved getting her backstory even if it did break my heart a little :(
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542 reviews6 followers
March 6, 2015
Stolen was set before the events of Taken, on an island named Saltwater. I think this novella is best read after Taken. This was a interesting glimpse into Bree's past and the events that shaped her, as she was pretty much a mystery in Taken.

Bree has always set her eyes on her childhood friend, Lock. She struggles to make her feelings known to him because time and circumstances are against her. Lock's 18th birthday is impending and that means he will inevitably be Taken. Unfortunately during the last few days before his birthday, his younger brother Heath is injured by an animal trap and ends up in a life threatening state. Bree's caring and vulnerable side is displayed in the novella, a huge contrast to her cold warrior front in Taken.
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915 reviews78 followers
March 30, 2016
Stolen is a short novella from the Taken series, best read after book one, Taken. It's about Bree's life back in Saltwater before she was "snatched" and learned about the Order and the Laicos Project. You get a much better understanding of why she's the way she is today-strong, fierce and very independent. I definitely sympathize with her character a lot more after reading this novella and will look at her in a different light when reading the rest of the series.
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862 reviews242 followers
November 25, 2017
It's hard to give this any more than three stars. The entire reading experience was like "okay. Huh. Ok." I didn't feel all too much. It was nice to know Bree more but other than that, I don't have much to say.
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993 reviews213 followers
August 6, 2018
Dávno předtím, než Gray Weathersby zjistil pravdu o Claysootu a celém projektu Laicos, byla tu dospívající dívka jménem Bree, který žila v pobřežním městě Saltwater.

I Bree si musela projít svou vlastní cestou, aby se dostala až k Rebelům. Jenže jaká byl vlastně její život před tím vším? Před Rebely a před tím, než potkala kluka jménem Gray…?

niž bych věděla, že to tak sama autorka doporučuje, tuhle novelku jsem si přečetla až po dočtení prvního dílu. A to kvůli tomu, že jsem zjistila, že je o Bree.

Pokud jste četli mou recenzi na Taken, víte, že na mě ze všech nejvíc udělala dojem právě Bree. Osobně si myslím, že jde celkově o nejlepší postavu celé série, jelikož Gray mě neskutečně vytáčí svou roztěkaností a zdánlivou velkolepostí a Emma mě štve už z podstaty věci.

Tohle je krásný vhled do Breeiny minulosti před tím, než se i ona ocitla na „druhé straně barikády“ a musím říct, že se mi její příběh neuvěřitelně líbil. Zároveň mě rozesmutnil. Daleko víc pochopíte její jednání v celé sérii, i to, co teď zrovna předvádí v druhém díle, který mám rozečtený.

Bree mám ráda hlavně proto, že se do ní dokážu vžít. Někteří čtenáři ji nemají zrovna v oblibě kvůli tomu, jak je vzpurná a někdy až moc ostrá, ale já jí neskutečně fandím.

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Bree se mi moc líbí, i když je hodně tvrdohlavá.
44 reviews4 followers
January 11, 2018
I discovered this novella when looking for FROZEN, the second book of this series, and decided to read this one before. That was a really good decision, because after reading TAKEN I already know something about the story line and what might happen next, when the main characters set out for a new adventure. But until then we just know about Gray's background story; in STOLEN we get to know Bree's.

I once more like the spelling style very much as well as the plot and therefore give a 5 star rating.

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133 reviews10 followers
January 19, 2020
While technically a prequel to Taken, I highly recommend reading this after you read Taken. This was a good story and I loved having a glimpse of Bree's past.
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1,171 reviews217 followers
February 9, 2014
Stolen is chronologically happening before Taken, but somehow I think it'd make more sense to read it after reading Taken. Mostly because at the end we get a peek at events happening in Taken and it'd be better to go at those un-spoiled. Beware if you haven't read Taken, cause I might refer to some spoilery happenings in this review.

Stolen is Bree's story in her home, Saltwater. We discover a different Bree from the one we met in Taken, but this was before she was "snatched" and we learn about so many events that shaped her and made her who she is. I wasn't the biggest fan of Bree in Taken, but after reading this, she has become a firm favourite character for me. Bree doesn't have it easy in Saltwater, survival is tough maybe a lil tougher than in Claysoot even, but life is also shaped by the Snatchings and the ones taken away and those who are left behind.

I don't want to talk about all the story much cause I think it's best if you just read enjoy discovering a new and different Bree. One that is already brave and cares for those she considers family, one that is tough but continues getting tougher but also one that isn't that afraid of what's to come, and one that learns how to hope there will be something more after the Snatching.

We also get a sneak peek at Frozen at the end of Stolen and that made me excited again to finally get to read it! And I'm also pretty sure I will love reading about Bree much more than I would have before!

4 stars for a novella that gave us a better perspective into Bree and also helped us see the world in Taken with better perspective.
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423 reviews29 followers
March 12, 2015
Boys are Snatched on their 18th birthdays and in some cases, the toughest girls. With her father Snatched and her mother dead, Bree has been living with Lock, Heath and their mother Chelsea. With less than 6 days till Lock's birthday, time is running out for Bree to act on her feelings for Lock. And what will Lock choose to do - swim to the horizons or face the Snatching?

Stolen was a wonderful novella that 'took' me by surprise. Not a page was wasted in world and character building. The whole Snatching idea sounded absurd to me at first but not anymore! I liked how Stolen set the scene for the Taken novels with clues as to what the Laicos Project is about whilst keeping the mystery alive. I like Bree as a character already and no doubt she will prove to be a likeable heroine in the books!
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1 review
July 23, 2014
3/5 stars •_•

I have to say I expected more from this novella. I was disappointed they didn't give us more on Bree's character. It was kind of just a depressing story. ~SPOILER~ Although I am happy to know Bree actually has someone missing her in Saltwater. I also had high hopes that the journal that "Bleak" found in Frozen was Bree's from Saltwater. I'm not sure why, I just thought it would be an interesting twist. However, Erin and I do not see eye to eye. Read the story if you want to know who could be waiting for Bree in Saltwater, but I don't think it's worth it if you want to know anything else.
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Author 4 books309 followers
February 28, 2014
It’s possible I loved this novella even more than its full-length predecessor. Bree is my favorite character from Erin Bowman’s debut Taken, so even though I have a serious aversion to eBooks, I had to read this story. And I’m glad I did! It shed so much light on Bree’s background and her behavior in Taken, and it very much broke my heart (Lock… *sniffle*). After reading Stolen, I can’t wait for Taken‘s follow-up, Frozen.
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2,084 reviews86 followers
July 30, 2015
I loved this read. It makes me want to read Taken even more. I love the characters and the world. I can tell that this series is going to be awesome. The protagonist Bree, short for Brianna, is so interesting. She is a strong character and very fierce. She also has a lot of compassion for who she loves. I felt so bad about what happened with Heath. I can't wait to read this series! I'm going to start reading Taken today! Yay!
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4,738 reviews1,306 followers
May 9, 2014
2.5 stars
I have to say that I'm not really sure what the point of this short story was. Bree moans, inadvertantly injures her adoptive brother, makes a pass at her other adoptive brother, and then somebody dies. Not really sure what the point was, it didn't reaally endear Bree to me, and to be honest I was mostly bored. Bit of a waste of time really.
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1,359 reviews4 followers
March 31, 2016
This was a quick glimpse into Bree's life before the snatching. It was a good quick read and even though it is only about 50 pages long you really get to feel for Bree and understand her better.
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1,979 reviews64 followers
July 17, 2019
I adored Erin Bowman’s Taken series when I was younger, and this was a beautiful and sad backstory for Bree.

I think I cycled through every emotion while reading this novella, and Erin Bowman really knows how to tug at the heartstrings. Shes such a pro at writing unrequited love and it’s accompanying sadness in *such* a visceral way that every young person can relate to. Bree deserves the damn world ;____;

5 stars!
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632 reviews22 followers
March 27, 2018
This is a short story of events before Taken. The story of Bree and how she was taken by her village because she was the strongest female in her tribe! A tribe unlike Gray's a place by the sea... lots of sea. The story was pretty good even if it was short and it was good to read about Bree... and what she went thru. I'll give 3 stars since its just a small part to the story tho :)

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1,628 reviews7 followers
October 17, 2017
Interesting novella that gives some insight into Bree's past.
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336 reviews
January 7, 2018
I read Taken several months ago and had forgotten much of what happened, so I picked up this novella to try to jog my memory so I can proceed with the series in the future. This is a prequel story featuring Bree, and I actually think the whole series might be better if it was from her perspective instead of Gray’s. When reading it, I got some Hunger Games vibes (pre-Games) because these characters reminded me of Katniss and Gale.
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417 reviews35 followers
October 20, 2018

I wasnt expecting to love Bree and her backstory this much. Shes strong af and I respect that
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59 reviews
November 6, 2018
Nothing special really. The backstory is interesting but nothing that would be crucial to characterize Bree.
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4,436 reviews
May 7, 2023
The story of Bree’s life before she was taken from her home,
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326 reviews51 followers
September 9, 2014
Stolen is a novella that is written in Bree's perspective. It is set in Bree's hometown, Saltwater, and its story occurred before the events of Taken. I enjoyed reading this novella and it helped me understand Bree's character even more. It was really nice to learn more about Bree's life before she was "snatched" or Heisted. This novella mainly shows how Bree was shaped into the character that she is in Taken.

In Taken, Bree was a brave, independent, and remarkable young fighter; she is still that girl in this novella, but she is more playful and caring, and a little less of the sassy, cranky girl that she is now. She did not have a very happy childhood due to her father being "snatched" at the age of eighteen and her mother's early passing because of a terrible illness. Despite of these, she still remained strong for herself and for the people who care about her.

Lock is Bree's childhood friend. He's a nice guy and he cares about Bree and his family a lot. However, despite of him being a good guy, I find him to be a bit of a jerk too. It's because he did some things that hurt Bree's feelings and another reason is I didn't like the way he treated some of the girls in Saltwater.

Other notable characters in this novella include Heath, Mad Mia, and Ness. Heath is Lock's younger brother and I liked him a lot. I admire him for having a strong fighting spirit despite of being so frail. Mad Mia is probably the most unique character in this novella; she's kinda crazy, but I think the people of Saltwater could use a little bit of her craziness sometimes. I didn't like Ness at first because she was kinda mean at Bree, but as the story progressed, I discovered that she's actually not a mean person and that she's actually a nice girl.

Overall, Stolen was good and it's definitely worth the read. The writing was good even though it's not written in first person POV like Taken, but I think Erin was still able to capture Bree's voice in her writing. It was also nice to see a different setting other than Claysoot or Taem. I definitely recommend reading this novella especially to fans of Taken. I also recommend reading this novella before reading the second book, Frozen because it explains a lot about Bree and her actions in the succeeding books after Taken.
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320 reviews154 followers
February 20, 2014
*Also posted at Oops! I Read A Book Again*

I won a copy from Erin Bowman. Thank you Erin! *heart* Having been gifted a copy did not affect my views in any way. Warning: There will be spoilers for Taken as I don't think I can talk about either without spilling anything.

If you didn't love Bree just yet in Taken (how is that even possible I don't know as she's kick-ass and strong), you will definitely love her in Stolen. Taken has showcased Claysoot and Taem but we know so little of the other towns or set-ups in the Laicos Project. I've been itching to know more about Saltwater because I want to know how Bree grew up and the culture she was raised in and how different a community where both boys and girls get 'Snatched' would be from Claysoot where only boys are 'Heisted'. That bit about each set-up calling being taken differently definitely ticked my hunger for more information.

Stolen showed how large and teeming with possibilities is the world Erin Bowman crafted for this series. Saltwater is loads different from Claysoot - geographically and culturally. It was even more amazing to read now that we know that it's all an experiment and that being snatched or heisted is not a supernatural event.

Aside from how Stolen enlarged the whole picture, it also put Bree into center focus. Bree has been headstrong ever since and I love her even more after reading this novella. And if you're following me on Twitter, you might have read a series of tweets where I quoted Stolen. Yes, in such a short novella, I still found quotable passages. Lastly and the most important of all, Stolen totally gave me so much feelings. This novella explored Bree's "love life" in Saltwater. It was heartbreaking and I just felt so much empathy for Bree. I wanted to hug her every single time. Gah, Erin Bowman, you are wonderful but you do know how to strike where it hurts.

All in all, Stolen did its job as it successfully made me even hungrier than ever for Frozen. Can't wait to read Frozen!
February 6, 2017
This is part of my New Year’s reading resolution: finish the Taken series. I had this novella and the third book to read.
I decided to start with the novella so I could familiarize myself again with the world of Taken since it’s been awhile since I’ve read the first two.
This novel takes place before Taken but it’s better if you read it after it since there are some elements that need more context.
We follow the life of Bree before Taken. She comes from a village called Saltwater where boys and strong girls are “snatched” at their 18th birthday. With her father disappeared and her mother dead, Bree goes to live with her neighbours: the mother, Chelsea and her two sons Lock and Heath. Heath becomes like a younger brother to Bree while she falls in love with Lock, an unrequired love.
Bree life hasn’t be easy and the events in this novel helps us understand what made Bree the person she is in the series and her character development. How she become so independent, why she doesn’t immediately trust anyone and how she ended up with the Rebellion. You can’t help but feel a bit sorry for her. Life in Saltwater seems a little boring, since it’s a small village surrounded by water. People either fish, hunt or do small jobs in the village. Bree is good at fishing and waits for life to happen and growing too fast.
The novel ends right when she enter the Taken world with her thoughts when she sees Gray to the first time.
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212 reviews35 followers
December 9, 2015
Actual rating is 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Living in a coastal settlement with no way out. That sounds like a major suckfest. Obviously the whole breeding aspect would be an issue, if not confusing. I just think I’d get seriously bored with it. The entire Taken universe is fascinating though. I do have to admit that this review is for Stolen, the prequel to Taken and I have not read Taken yet. I like to read the prequel(s) first, if at all possible.

Bree was amazing. I want a friend like her and I’m really hoping she’s in Taken. She’s tough and can take care of herself. I did feel really bad for her when it came to Lock, the boy she loved. I can imagine how much it hurts for that to essentially be one-sided. I will admit to being confused by their relationship. I think it was definitely one of those where you hold the person you care most about at an arm’s distance (for Lock), but I’m not sure.

The story is an interesting one. After reading Stolen, I’ve come to realize that Taken is not about what I thought it was, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing (I think I was confusing it with the movie Gone). However, now I’m prepared for something more supernatural. The whole way of life in Saltwater seemed a bit depressing. I think I’d be praying to be Snatched one day (sure I’d miss my family, but staying isn’t something I’d be happy with).

I definitely enjoyed reading Stolen. It helped add to my excitement for reading Taken and also may have tempered a few of my expectations (again, not a bad thing). I would definitely recommend Stolen, especially if you haven’t already read Taken, like me.

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1,228 reviews
April 10, 2015
I have to admit I liked this novella more than I liked Taken! Interesting to get some history on Bree—much of it gut-wrenching :( I liked understanding her more--reading about the things that happened to her that made her who she is now. I also liked that the story highlighted some of the many problems this society has wrought on its people: feelings of neglect, abandonment, and low self-esteem as parents, siblings, and friends regularly die or disappear; confused, misguided, and tainted feelings about sex, love, and closeness—and no one to teach kids how these things should (or could) be; broken families and parentless children; constant fear, looming uncertainty, and powerlessness with an inescapable ticking time bomb preventing any hopes, dreams, or plans; etc. This world is SO sad and depressing and confusing for ALL involved. I thought this was even more poignant from Bree’s POV than it was from Gray’s (although his viewpoint did set the stage very well).

(Warning: my hidden spoiler below contains some spoilers for Taken...)

I liked Bree’s strength, bravery, and her realizations throughout the story--about relationships, stars, etc. I really like this character and I hope good things ultimately happen for her in this series. I’m not happy about ! She deserves MUCH better than what she’s been getting--in ALL things!!
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