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Taken (The Quest for Truth Series, Book 1) Review by Courtney Larson

By Brock Eastman
Focus on the Family Youth Fiction

Taken is the first book in Brock Eastman's The Quest for Truth series. It is a 320-page science fiction book written for teenagers.

The book is about the Wikk siblings: Oliver (17), Tiffany (15), and twins Mason and Austin (11). The Wikk family is about to embark on a voyage, and Oliver has the ship loaded. When his parents are late returning from home to the ship, Oliver decides to go see what is taking them so long. When he gets to his house, he finds it crawling with men from the Ubel, and his parents are being interviewed by a sinister looking man, Captain Vedrick. Oliver finds out that the Ubel are looking for him and his siblings, among other things. He is able to stay hidden and watch some of this unfold, but when he attempts to move, the noise alerts the Ubel to his presence. After a high-speed chase, Oliver makes it back to the ship and takes off with his siblings, beginning the real adventure and the search for their parents.

Taken is an easy read but is very well written. I'm not a huge fan of science fiction, but I found this book to be difficult to put down. The characters are real, and the plot isn't weighed down with hefty descriptions of devices and planets. The book does leave you wondering what will happen in the second book, so you'll want to take that into account if you're impatient like me. I look forward to the next book in this series, and I'd highly recommend them as a fun read for adults and children ages 11 and up.

Product review by Courtney Larson, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, November 2011