Friday, February 6, 2015

Hostage Three Review

Hostage Three by Nick Lake
Release Date: November 12, 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Pages: 369
Keywords: seaside, vacation, family, pirates
Format Read: eARC via NetGalley
Goodreads | IndieBound
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.
I picked the cover I liked most to feature, though I still think it could be powerful without the girl on the front. The other cover is more of a thriller-style with a yacht, and it looks like a book my dad would pick up, which isn't bad. But the story is more about the growth of people with the piracy as a plot device rather than the plot driver. So I felt the other cover just didn't fit. If the girl weren't on this one, I would really like the cover a lot.

Nick Lake writes an excellent book. I liked this one quite a bit more than There Will Be Lies, though I still did like that one a lot. Amy was such a dynamic character with many qualities to like and hate. Those are the kinds of characters I love. She was very human. Angry at her father for not paying attention to her, she pierces her face and dresses elaborately and is always looking for ways to piss him off, because at least he'll react to her. Though some of her actions seem childish, she's still recovering from her mother's suicide years earlier, and she is internally trying to cope with that. So while it may seem like she's a spoiled brat, she still has quite a few issues she's working through as she figures her life out.
That is, until their ship is taken over by pirates. Lake also made the Somali pirates relatable, which isn't a sentence I thought I would write before I read this book. Lake dove into their backgrounds and why exactly they became pirates — most of them would prefer to not be holding people hostage on their own ships. Amy's bond with Farouz was an interesting one; not one that I thought made a lot of sense, but I think that was the point. That sometimes feelings don't make sense.
I truly enjoyed the diversity and the richness that were the characters in this book, and that's what I liked so much about his newest one, too.

This is one of the only books I can truly say I really didn't know where the story was going. I mean, I had a few ideas, and I wasn't completely shocked and gasping all the time, but I genuinely was interested to see where the story was going because I truly wasn't sure.

None, really. It was a great read, really riveting and compelling. I loved seeing the different personalities and learning about just how different my world is versus some of these characters' worlds.

A great read all around for any age. This would be a good one to lend a friend who doesn't really read YA and is skeptical of its ability to bring up big issues and tell a truly suspenseful and compelling story.

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