Takedown – Joyce Sweeney

Published June 28, 2013 by booksforbirds2013
Joe Anderson is tired of being the smallest boy in his class. But he’ll grow up faster than he wants the night he has an unsupervised part. Just as Joe, his twin sister, Elizabeth, and their friends settle in for an evening of pizza and pro-wrestling, an uninvited guest shows up – escaped killer Quentin Charles Dorn! Confused and angry, Dorn holds the seven teenagers hostage while nervously negotiating with FBI agents stationed outside. As the ordeal frays his nerves, Joe turns to thoughts of his hero, wrestler Jack Shine, an underdog who always come out on top. Are there lessons in the ring that can work in the real world? Or will Joe risk every-one’s life trying to be a hero?

This book has become another of my favorites! When I was browsing in the book shop I was a little skeptical when I read the inside the cover but decided to buy it anyway. And I am so glad I did. All my fears of the book being too ‘fantastical’ were instantly cancelled, this book is the perfect rendition of the situation these teenagers, and their holder (Dorn) are in. It’s realistic enough to have you on the edge of your seat, but still holds the mystery of ‘whats-going-to-happen-next’ that only books do.

With the main character, Joe, being someone many people can relate to the reader can really become part of the book and its story. Adding on to the realism, the way Sweeney portrays Joe’s and Elizabeth’s relationship, with them being twins, is very genuine. I really had no bad comments on the book apart from: ‘I want more!!’. Right from the opening paragraph I was hooked on the book, I finished it all in one sitting and read it again two days later!

The teens holder, Dorn, is shown as a little unstable throughout the book with mood swings. He’s nervous at times, and, like in all good hostage stories, he has a gun. With the possibility of being shot hanging over them you’d think the teens would have been in a stalemate, but often the best things come wrapped in small packages. The hostage and the holder have one thing in common though; both Dorn and Joe don’t have a dad in their life.

Looking to his wrestling hero, Jack Shine, Joe tries to get all of his friends out, and his crush, safely. His struggle with emotions and thoughts are completely real. With something of this subject completely possible in the real world, it can make you take a step back an look, really look, as it did with me.

Rating: 7/10

For more on Joyce Sweeney visit: http://www.joycesweeney.net/

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