CAPTIVE by A.J. Grainger


Age Range: 12 - 14
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The 16-year-old daughter of the U.K.’s prime minister is kidnapped by terrorists.

Robyn Knollys-Green, daughter of the PM and descendant of old money, doesn't particularly enjoy being a politician's daughter. Just a few months ago she and her father were shot at in Paris, and Robyn's still terrified. Besides, her parents' marriage is suffering from her mother's hatred of the limelight. Robyn's worst fears seem to come true when radicals from Action for Change, a "radical anticapitalist and animal rights group," kidnap her. The AFC activists want to trade Robyn's freedom for the alleged Paris sniper, the brother of their vicious leader, Feather. Though her kidnappers are masked, Robyn can see their eyes—and from her first glimpse of the "bright green eyes" of the kidnapper code-named Talon, it's clear she's destined for a hefty dose of Stockholm syndrome. Sure enough, over the two weeks of her captivity, Robyn grows ever fonder of Talon. The kidnappers, meanwhile, behave inconsistently: they eat rather a lot of dairy for radical ecoterrorists furious about treatment of animals and the Earth; they are careful to keep their faces covered in front of Robyn but repeatedly reveal their real identities in conversation. Meanwhile, Robyn learns hard truths about her father's actions in office.

What better forbidden romance than with a man who chloroforms a girl and zip-ties her to a bed? (Thriller. 12-14)

Pub Date: Nov. 3rd, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-4814-2903-0
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2015


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