Hostage Three by Nick Lake

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While the alien landscape glitters, the family’s experience itself is somewhat lightly sketched. Everyone remains reasonably well fed. The hostages, who are allowed to roam the boat but spend the bulk of their time holed up in the yacht’s cinema room, play games and watch movies.
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It's a once-in-a-lifetime thing: a girl on a yacht with her super-rich banker father; a chance for the family to heal after a turbulent time; the peaceful sea, the warm sun . . . But a nightmare is about to explode as a group of Somali pirates seizes the boat and its human cargo - and the family becomes a commodity in a highly sophisticated transaction. Hostage 1 is Dad - the most valuable. Amy is Hostage 3. As she builds a strange bond with one of her captors, it becomes brutally clear that the price of a life and its value are very different things . . .
 

About Nick Lake

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Nick Lake is a children’s book editor at Harper UK. He received his degree in English from Oxford University. The Blood Ninja trilogy was inspired by his interest in the Far East, and by the fact that he is secretly a vampire ninja himself. Nick lives with his wife and daughter in England.
 
Published December 20, 2012 by Bloomsbury Childrens. 385 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Jul 31 2013

Readers will most likely forgive the lack of narrative control, however, as they become caught up in the layered nuances of this original story.

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Sara Corbett on Nov 08 2013

While the alien landscape glitters, the family’s experience itself is somewhat lightly sketched. Everyone remains reasonably well fed. The hostages, who are allowed to roam the boat but spend the bulk of their time holed up in the yacht’s cinema room, play games and watch movies.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by SF Said on Feb 07 2013

Lake's solution - a succession of different endings - doesn't quite work for me.

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