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I Belong

Review: Hostage Three by Nick Lake

hostage-threeTitle: Hostage Three

Author: Nick Lake

Genre: YA Action & Adventure

Series: N/A

Publication Date: November 12, 2013

Format: Hardcover, 384 Pages

ISBN-10: 1619631237 (Bloomsbury)

ISBN-13: 978-1619631236 (Bloomsbury)

Reviewed by: Roxanne


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
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 kill.

Immediately, the pirates seize the boat and its human cargo. Hostage One is Amy’s father – the most valuable. Hostage Two: her stepmother. And Hostage Three is Amy, who can’t believe what’s happening. As the ransom brokering plays out, Amy finds herself becoming less afraid, and even
stranger still, drawn to one of her captors, a teenage boy who wants desperately to be more than who he has become. Suddenly it becomes brutally clear that the price of life and its value are two very different things . . .

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 avoid pirates. Amy is shocked to learn this could be a real problem, but when the first day goes okay she begins to think it really won’t be an issue. That is until the yacht is boarded by pirates and everything changes.

As the days pass and Amy gets closer to the teenage pirate, she wonders if they will get out of this alive, and what will happen when it is all over. During the course of being a hostage Amy also begins to deal with long standing issues that she hasn’t dealt with before now. She also begins to feel closer to her dad and her stepmother. Will they get ransomed or will they all end up dead?

I am going to knock out what I didn’t like. I felt like this had so much potential and it kind of felt very anti-climatic at the end. So it would have been higher in the ratings for me, but I was tad disappointed overall. My next minor issue was why I didn’t necessarily mind the romance between Amy and the pirate. It felt very unrealistic. It also turned what could have been a thrilling ride into a something more about romance.

Those things aside, it was really a interesting book and it sucked me in from the start. I really couldn’t read it fast enough to find out what was going on. No spoilers, but how it all plays out kind of contributes to my disappoint with the book. Amy was an interesting and somewhat unlikable main character at times, but I loved seeing her come to terms with her tragedy and do the best that she could to grow and be better person. I feel like there could have been a bit more interaction with her father and stepmother, and that the lack of it helped take away from the emotional impact of the story.

Notable Scene:

“This makes me sound like a moron, but that was the first time time I realized-I mean, really, really realized-that my Mom was dead.

That only happened once, That full realization, it might just happen once, but the loss happens everyday. You see, when someone dies, you think: that’s it, the bad thing happened. And the idea is, you grieve it, and then you move on.

But it doesn’t work like that. I knew my mom all my life, it goes by definition. I remember- weekends and holidays and birthdays and tips to the cinema, and digging for worms in the garden.”


FTC Advisory: Bloomsbury provided me with a copy of Hostage Three. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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