Bloor returns to his home state of Florida, the
dreamlike setting and inspiration of his YA bestseller, Tangerine, in Taken, a
gritty and suspenseful meditation on the future of the American family.
Taken unfolds in the violent year 2035, when those fortunate enough to have achieved the American dream live video-surveiled lives in mega-mansions within fortified communities with ironic and grandiose names. The novel's thirteen year old heroine and narrator, Charity Meyers, lives with her wealthy divorced step-mother and father in a high-security community called "The Highlands" (Bloor fans will recall that in Tangerine, protagonist Paul Fisher's family lived in the genteel Lake Windsor Downs housing development.) Young residents of The Highlands never leave, not even to attend school or to celebrate holidays. That's because it's messy and dangerous on the outside ...
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No Man's Land
by Simon Tolkien
Inspired by the experiences of his grandfather, J. R. R. Tolkien, during World War I.
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