Author: A.J. Grainger
Published: 29th January 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Genre: Young Adult, Thriller
Length: 228 pages
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
I open my eyes. The cell is flooded with sunlight; the window is a slice of pale blue. Dust particles dance in the sparkling light, pirouetting in a golden line from the window to the opposite wall of the cell, where they seem to converge into shapes. It is like looking into a kaleidoscope.
Dad isn’t here. No one is, but me.
Robyn Knollys-Green is an A-list celebrity, famous for being the daughter of one of the world’s most powerful men. But not even the paparazzi can find her now.
Robyn begins to realise that she is trapped in a complicated web of global corruption and deceit – and that the strange, melancholy boy who has been tasked with guarding her might not be an enemy after all . . .
A thrilling, well-crafted, ever-relevant story from a talented new voice in YA fiction.
I wasn’t sure about this book when I first started reading it. The daughter of the Prime Minister is kidnapped – it’s one of those ‘been done’ plot lines. I will say, however, that I was pleasantly surprised and actually really enjoyed this take on the tale.
Robyn isn’t the typical stuck up kind of girl that is always associated with being the daughter of someone important. She’s fierce and loyal to her family and will do anything to protect her little sister. When she’s taken captive, she’s sure that her dad will save her, because he’s her dad and he’ll never fail her. Right?
I enjoyed exploring the relationship between Robyn and Talon. It was interesting, but a slight push into unrealistic territory for me – I can’t see that kind of relationship developing in that situation within the space of ten days.
The political side of it was interesting, and I liked how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together nicely by the end. There was just enough hints throughout it that it didn’t come as a total surprise to me.
Cleverly written and a tense thriller, I think this is a great read for young adult fans.
About the Author
A. J. Grainger was born in Reading, where she went to the same school as Jane Austen but not at the same time. She now lives in London with her husband and works as a children’s books editor. She loves writing and editing because it means she gets to talk about books all day. She likes novels with plenty of twists and turns that keep you guessing right up until the end. She is also a total sucker for love stories.