Review – THE TAKERS by R.W. Ridley

4 out of 5 stars…

I was so pleasantly surprised by this story. This book is a journey through a wildly imaginative and creative mind. It was different and exciting and I really loved it.

I would call this a young adult novel, but not too young. It is very scary in places. It is also funny and sad and adventurous. The main character is a thirteen year old boy named Oz who begins the story by telling the reader a heartbreaking confession of how he bullied another boy with down syndrome.

Oz is honest that he was not kind to the other boy. But, as the story unfolds, it turns into a great lesson about bullying and its consequences. I loved the way the lesson was worked into the story.

The Takers are one of the monsters in the story. Oz awakens to discover he’s alone in the world. He cannot find his parents, his neighbors or his friends. His only companion at first is his family’s dog.

Setting out to save the world, you get the feeling Oz is redeeming himself. I like that he isn’t the stereotypical hero. He isn’t perfect. He’s small, unsure of himself, and he made me root for him the whole way.

On his journey, he meets some really great friends that I thought were exceptional side characters. Some of them are not human. I hope you consider reading this book, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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