From Goodreads: Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character. Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character in the book, so vividly is it described. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous. This new life in the wilderness has been years in the planning. He loves only her, wants only her. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, cut off from the world outside, can the force of his love make Gemma love him back? The story takes the form of a letter, written by Gemma to Ty, reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the outback. Months when the lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, blur until they don’t exist – almost.
There are so many adjectives I can use to describe this book, adjectives from a wide spectrum. A plethora of adjectives if you will. Haunting, hopeful, terrifying, mind-numbing, painful, sad, destructive, life-giving. I could go on and on. I have no coherent way to explain to you why you should read this book but I am about to try. World building isn’t really something talked about in contemporary fiction, but Christopher has created a world so jaw dropping in it’s minute detail that I could almost feel the red sand of the Outback.
The characters are amazing, Gemma and Ty. We are able to watch Gemma grow from being paralyzed with terror to recovery in figuring out her feelings for Ty. Was he so bad? Did he mean what he did? Why did he do it? Ty has problems, but if it wasn’t for the fact he had ‘stolen’ Gemma I could have loved him so completely. I guess this is what Gemma goes through as well. He is smart, he is handy, he is Australian (hello double points on accent), he does seem to care for her enough to let her go if he could bring himself to let her go.
We go back to the creepy guy watching me thing, he watched her for a long time before he decided to take her but was it creepy watching or was he saving her little by little, and day by day.
I want you to know this story means something in YA literature, the author is an amazing writer and I swear to you I have Stockholm’s just from reading it! We all know how critical I am, we all know I am never gushy. Hey you! This is me gushing! If you ever read one book because I told you to let it be this one. You will not be sorry or disappointed. This book swiftly moved up onto my top books of my life that I have read and that I will try to make everyone else read it and buy it as presents list. (Yes I like extremely long list names.)
If you have read it tell me! If you haven’t do it! If you like Laurie Halse Anderson or Beth Kephart you will love Lucy Christopher.
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