REVIEW: Captive by A.J. Grainger

7 November, 2014

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

REVIEW: Captive by A.J. GraingerCaptive by A.J. Grainger
Published by Simon and Schuster UK on 29th January 2015
Genres: contemporary, young adult
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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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.

Captive is a book that everybody seems to want to read at the moment, and I’m sure the wait for 2015 will be a very long one for them. I was one of those people to begin with, and then I read Captive. I wish my expectations had not been so high.

To begin with, Grainger’s debut novel had lots of potential. I loved the premise of a girl being kidnapped because of her father’s, the British Prime Minister, involvement in global deception, and at first it seemed like all of my wishes would be granted and Captive would be a flawless book. Unfortunately, that’s not how it was as I progressed.

I found that the book had a lot of plot, but no substance. There was a building up of action, but I felt as if nothing actually happened, other than the kidnapping scene and a conflict scene at the end. The middle was a continuous cycle of the same thing happening, but I still powered through in the hope of something new occurring.

I liked Robyn and how Grainger has explained her full backstory. The characters all have clear motivation that meant I could connect with them. Robyn’s fear at being kidnapped was portrayed genuinely and accurately.

One of the main things I disliked was the romance, if you could even call it that. I wish there was some distinction to whether Robyn had Stockholm syndrome or if she truly had feelings for Talon. It seemed as if one minute she didn’t like him and the next she would do anything for him, and I didn’t have any belief at all in their relationship. Even now, after thinking long and hard about it, I’m not sure exactly what happened between the two characters.

Whilst I don’t have a lot of faith in recommending Captive, I do think there will be people who enjoy it a lot.



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