It turns out that a real alien invasion is nothing like the Sci-fi shows 14-year-old Gracie loves. Not when it’s your own family who are swallowed whole by those big silver ships. Not if it could be you next.
In her search for her family, Gracie meets Brandon, a high school dropout who would never have been caught dead hanging out with a dork like Gracie before the world ended. Gracie isn’t too crazy about Brandon either, but he has one thing she doesn’t: A plan.
Brandon’s uncle has a cabin up in Maine, and If Gracie and Brandon can survive long enough to get there they can hide out until the Space Men pack up their ships and leave.
Until the army guys come to rescue them, says Brandon.
Brandon is big into army guys.
Gracie has to admit that Brandon’s Awesome Plan probably would have worked out great if wasn’t for Jake.
They found 5-year-old Jake, laying half-dead under the remains of someone’s ranch house. He’s a good kid, even if he won’t-or can’t- talk.
But Jake has a secret, and when Gracie finds out what it is, the fragile new life they’ve started to forge looks set to break apart.
Untaken is a well-written, well thought out, creative, and entertaining story. While it is considered Young Adult Sci-Fi, I think young and old would enjoy reading about the adventures of the three main characters. Gracie, Brandon, and Jake are left alive after their families are killed or taken by aliens. They bond together to stay safe from aliens and humans while trying to escape to a cabin owned by Brandon’s uncle. Gracie and Brandon are young teens, but Jake is only 5 years old and he can’t speak. Brandon, the leader of the group, is bossy, grumpy, and full of angst. Your typical teenage boy going through something emotional. Gracie, on the other hand, thinks things through and tries to see things from the point of view of other’s. Jake only communicates when he has something very important to say, which is very rare.
The story is told from alternating POVs. While confusing most of the time, I like how we got to see what was going on in the minds of Gracie and Brandon. There are a lot of twists and turns – one so shocking that I did not see coming. Wow!
While the dialog was simplistic, it did make this an easy read. I would have liked to have known more about where the taken went and more about the aliens. That is the only thing keeping this from being a 5 star story for me. Otherwise, I fully enjoyed this story and think anyone into sci-fi would enjoy it, too.