Monday, 1 December 2014

Captive by A.J. Grainger

Synopsis (from Goodreads

Pages: 250
Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK Children's Books
Released: 9th of January 2015

I open my eyes. The cell is flooded with sunlight; the window is a slice of pale blue. Dust particles dance in the sparkling light, pirouetting in a golden line from the window to the opposite wall of the cell, where they seem to converge into shapes. It is like looking into a kaleidoscope. 

Dad isn't here. No one is, but me.
Robyn Knollys-Green is an A-list celebrity, famous for being the daughter of one of the world's most powerful men. But not even the paparazzi can find her now.

Robyn begins to realise that she is trapped in a complicated web of global corruption and deceit - and that the strange, melancholy boy who has been tasked with guarding her might not be an enemy after all . . .

What I Have To Say

I don't know where this new trend about Stockholm Syndrome has come from, but I don't like it. I think it's something that is hard to do well and that needs to be well researched. Most importantly, I think it cannot be romanticised. 

This book was a lot better at it than Black Ice was. Partly because the boy that she fell for was caught up in the terrorism and not so  much her captor as someone who was helping to guard her, but also because they acknowledged that it was weird and wrong. I think that's part of what's needed in this genre. It needs to be said that it's not a good thing at all. It's a syndrome and it's not real love. 

Aside from the romantic Stockholm Syndrome, this book was all right. It had a fair bit of tension and was enjoyable to read, which is pretty impressive since most of it took place inside a very small, white room. But it wasn't amazing. 

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