Martin Chilton writes in the Telegraph:
2015 promises to be another exciting year in young adult fiction after a great year of YA books in 2014, a period that included the UK’s first YA conference, curated by Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman. Sales of young adult fiction in the UK increased in value by 25 per cent in the first three quarters of 2014. This guide to the best YA books will be updated weekly.
His first pick is:
CAPTIVE BY AJ GRAINGER (SIMON AND SCHUSTER)
There is a grim reality to Captive, the debut YA thriller by AJ Grainger, partly because it involves a terrorist (eco-terrorist) incident in Paris, where there is an assassination attempt on the British Prime Minister. Back in London, some time later, the same group manage to kidnap his 16-year-old daughter Robyn Elizabeth Knollys-Green, who tells the story of how this drama unfolds.
Some of the best moments are when we are shown Robyn’s sense of bewilderment at her tricky family life and having to live in the public eye. The drama is initially taut (after she is kidnapped) but begins to stretch credibility, and there is a sense that the story is striving too hard for the “cinematic” drama marketed in the promotional blurb. The saddest message of the book, however, is when Robyn says: “The world is not safe. I know that now and I can’t unknow it.”