Monday, November 4, 2013

Review: Hostage Three

Hostage Three
Hostage Three by Nick Lake

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

All Amy wanted to do was make a statement on her last day of A exams. She showed up to school with facial piercings and then lit a cigarette in the gym. After being sent home and told she will need to repeat the exams, her father decides what she needs is to spend time boating the world. Aboard the yacht is her father, her step-mother and a small crew and it is all leisure activity time. That is until they are in the Gulf of Aden and they are boarded by pirates who want to ransom them (not the boat). Hostage One is her father, Hostage Two is her step-mother and she is Hostage Three. Working toward the ransom takes time and Amy finds that she isn’t as scared as she should be and she is learning to relate to some of the pirates.

Hostage Three includes everything a reader can look for. It has a teen questioning her future, an unthinkable situation and romance that her father says is doomed to fail. Lake takes a situation that most people only know about due to news stories and movies and brings details to the reader in a truly captivating story. Although the book flashes back to previous times in Amy’s life, this does not make the book confusing in the least. The story captured me at the start and I gladly rode the adventure to its conclusion. This is a great realistic standalone novel.

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