The Field follows fourteen-year-old Daniel Robinson. When he is abducted during a game of hide-and-seek, his focus switches from enjoying his summer vacation to simply staying alive. He must find the courage and strength to escape his captors and get home, no matter what it takes. Will he survive? Or is this a nightmare that's too real to escape? As Daniel finds himself at the mercy of his captors, his best friend Kyle sets out to bring him back to safety. With nothing but teenage instincts to guide him, Kyle's quest could result in a happy ending—or in tragedy.
“The Field is based on my true experience as a teenager, but it is also a story that draws on themes all teens are dealing with today: friendship, the awkward hardships of puberty, situational awareness and how to be brave when you are forced to grow up quickly,” Dawson says. “Through Daniel, I hope readers see that there is courage and bravery within us all, no matter what obstacles we may be facing in life.”
The Field by Ian Dawson was very interesting, quick read. There were moments when I laughed and moments when my mouth hung open. The Field is about Daniel and Kyle who have been friends forever. They spend their days at school and after school they head out riding their bikes. Hanging out, laughing, farting, joking, and supporting each other. It seems like a normal teen friendship story until the introduction of another set of friends. Austin and James who have the opposite relationship of our first two boys. These two boys are together out of fear. Austin is a mean boy who spends his free time killing animals and he has James in a scary situation that James doesn't know how to get out of. When Austin kidnaps two boys things start to get out of control.
I was honestly floored with where this book went. It was a hard read at times. It was scary in a "real" way but the writing was riveting and I couldn't put it down.
There are moments in the book that some readers will have difficulty reading. One child gets burned with cigarette lighters another boy is burned. It is action packed and readers will enjoy reading about the friendship and bravery of Daniel and Kyle.
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