Series: Taken #3
Rating: 2.5 / 5 stars
While there is enough action and suspense to hold my interest, this installment in the Taken series still suffers from the same underlying issues as its predecessors. Bowman isn't the most believable as a teenage boy, and the characters are still too bland to garner much investment into their trials and tribulations. Even Gray admits that he can't understand why he acts the way he does, why he's so focused on his hormones at times when he should be a mess or at least be focused on the bigger picture. The situation with Blaine is a perfect example of this, and it was part of the novel that I just couldn't get past. Perhaps if I were more invested with Gray, I might be able to overlook it, but Bowman never really gets that key character development done to make him likable enough to overlook such a large character flaw.
As for the plot, it's done well enough that it's still an enjoyable story if you can get past the abundance of teen angst, sappy romance, and the ever popular will-they-won't they question for Gray and Bree. One or two of the revelations at the ending seemed far too coincidental and out of left field, and did little to add to the plot except for a cheap shock factor. A few others, however, were unexpected and thoroughly shocking and thus satisfying.
In the end, you can't expect to take anything away from this series. It's shallow, light, and have far too heavy of a teen romance angle considering the mortal peril that abounds that these kids should be focused on instead. But it's a decent summer read, and it's definitely a strange and unique world that Bowman creates.