Checkout these thrilling novels where characters have been taken away from their normal lives, whether in everyday settings or futuristic and fantastical settings.
Blood Red Road by Moira Young
YA YOUNG, M.
In a distant future, eighteen-year-old Lugh is kidnapped, and while his twin sister Saba and nine-year-old Emmi are trailing him across bleak Sandsea they are captured, too, and taken to brutal Hopetown, where Saba is forced to be a cage fighter until new friends help plan an escape.
Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman
YA WARMAN, J.
Eighteen-year-old identical twins Alice and Rachel have always shared a very special bond, so when one is abducted the other uses their connection to try to locate her.
Chanda’s Wars by Allan Stratton
YA STRATTON, A.
Chandra Kabelo, a teenaged African girl, must save her younger siblings after they are kidnapped and forced to serve as child soldiers in General Mandiki’s rebel army.
Panic by Sharon M. Draper
YA DRAPER, S.
As rehearsals begin for the ballet version of Peter Pan, the teenaged members of an Ohio dance troupe lose their focus when one of their own goes missing.
The Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride
YA MCBRIDE, K.
After Tessa’s best friend Noelle is kidnapped, Tessa becomes depressed and isolated, and even after Noelle returns two years later, neither of their lives are the same again and they struggle to rediscover their friendship.
Dead to You by Lisa McMann
YA MCMANN, L.
Having been abducted at age seven, abandoned, a foster child, and homeless, Ethan, now sixteen, is happy to be home until his brother’s suspicion and his own inability to remember something unspeakable from his early childhood begin to tear the family apart.
Girl, Stolen by April Henry
YA HENRY, A.
When an impulsive carjacking turns into a kidnapping, Griffin, a high school dropout, finds himself more in sympathy with his wealthy, blind victim, sixteen-year-old Cheyenne, than with his greedy father.
The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove
YA GROVE, S.
In 1891, in a world transformed by 1799’s Great Disruption–when all of the continents were flung into different time periods–thirteen-year-old Sophia Tims and her friend Theo go in search of Sophia’s uncle, Shadrack Elli, Boston’s foremost cartologer, who has been kidnapped.
The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore by Joan Lowery Nixon
YA MY NIXON, J.
A teenage girl is kidnapped, but when freed, is accused of masterminding the scheme to extort money from her wealthy grandmother.
The Night She Disappeared by April Henry
YA MY HENRY, A.
Told from various viewpoints, Gabie and Drew set out to prove that their missing co-worker Kayla is not dead, and to find her before she is, while the police search for her body and the man who abducted her.
Now You See Her by Jacquelyn Mitchard
YA MY MITCHARD, J.
Fifteen-year-old Hope describes events leading her to agree to her boyfriend’s plan to stage her abduction, and the consequences for their relationship, her family life, and her budding career as an actress.
The Vindico by Wesley King
YA SF KING, W.
When supervillains of the Vindico realize they are getting too old to fight the League of Heroes, they kidnap and begin training five teens, but James, Lana, Hayden, Emily, and Sam will not become the next generation of evil without a fight.
The Rule of Claw by John Brindley
YA SF BRINDLEY, J.
Ash and her friends live in a future where they are the only human teenagers left, but when Ash is kidnapped and becomes a pawn in a power struggle among the formidable Raptors who captured her, she begins to reconsider her own humanity.
Four Secrets by Margaret Willey
YA WILLEY, M.
Through journal entries required by their social worker at a juvenile detention center, middle-schoolers Katie, Nate, and Renata relate how they came to kidnap their tormentor, Chase, a star athlete from the town’s most prominent family, who surprisingly became their willing victim.
The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
YA MAHONEY, K.
Seventeen-year-old Donna Underwood is considered a freak, cursed by the magical heritage that destroyed her alchemist parents, but when vicious wood elves abduct her best friend Navin, Donna must betray all her parents fought for and join the battle between the humans and the fey.
The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
YA PATTERSON, J.
After the mutant Erasers abduct the youngest member of their group, the “bird kids,” who are the result of genetic experimentation, take off in pursuit and find themselves struggling to understand their own origins and purpose.
The Prom Goer’s Interstellar Excursion by Chris McCoy
YA SF MCCOY, C.
Minutes after eighteen-year-old Bennett Bardo of Gordo, New Mexico, asks Sophie Gilkey, his dream girl, to prom and she says yes, she is abducted by aliens and Bennett catches a ride across the galaxy with a band of misfit musicians to find her.
The Taking by Kimberly Derting
YA DERTING, L.
The last thing Kyra Agnew remembers is a flash of bright light. She awakes to discover that five whole years have passed. Everyone in her life has moved on–her parents are divorced, her boyfriend is in college and dating her best friend–but Kyra’s still the sixteen-year-old she was when she vanished. She finds herself drawn to Tyler, her boyfriend’s kid brother, despite her best efforts to ignore this growing attraction. In order to find out the truth, the two of them decide to retrace her steps from that fateful night. They discover that there are others who have been “taken,” just like Kyra.
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
YA RUBY, L.
Eighteen-year-old Finn, an outsider in his quiet Midwestern town, is the only witness to the abduction of town favorite Roza, but his inability to distinguish between faces makes it difficult for him to help with the investigation, and subjects him to even more ridicule and bullying.
Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams
YA ADAMS, C.
When Ruth is kidnapped, she’s determined not to become this serial-killer’s next trophy. After she’s able to escape, her captor begins stalking her through the wilderness.
Stolen by Lucy Christopher
YA CHRISTOPHER, L.
British city-dweller Gemma is abducted while on vacation and taken to the Australian outback, where she realizes that escape attempts are futile, and in time she learns that her captor is not as despicable as she first believed.
Pointe by Brandy Colbert
YA COLBERT, B.
Four years after Theo’s best friend, Donovan, disappeared at age thirteen, he is found and brought home and Theo puts her health at risk as she decides whether to tell the truth about the abductor, knowing her revelation could end her life-long dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer.
Broken Moon by Kim Antieau
YA ANTIEAU, K.
When her little brother is kidnapped and taken from Pakistan to race camels in the desert, eighteen-year-old Nadira overcomes her own past abuse and, dressed as a boy and armed with knowledge of the powerful storytelling of the legendary Scheherazade, is determined to find and rescue him.
Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
YA DOLLER, T.
Abducted at age five, Callie, now seventeen, has spent her life on the run but when her mother is finally arrested and she is returned to her father in small-town Florida, Callie must find a way to leave her past behind, become part of a family again, and learn that love is more than just a possibility.
The Detour by S.A. Bodeen
YA BODEEN, S.
Seventeen-year-old Livvy Flynn, a bestselling author of YA fiction, is kidnapped by a woman and her apparently manic daughter who have no intention of letting her go.
Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
YA BENWAY, R.
Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever. Then ten years ago Oliver’s father kidnapped him, and they’ve been on the run ever since. Discovered and returned to his old hometown, having a new identity– his heart is racing, and his thoughts swirling. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars– or is it another a victim of Oliver’s father’s crime?
The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks
YA BROOKS, K.
Sixteen-year-old Linus Weems, a street person since leaving his wealthy father’s home, is kidnapped and taken to an underground bunker where he’s soon joined by five others, ranging in age from nine to seventy, who are alternately cared for and tortured by their unseen captor.
See Jane Run by Hannah Jayne
YA JAYNE, H.
Riley Spencer never thought twice about keeping secrets from her parents, but when she finds a birth certificate with the name Jane O’Callahan hidden in her baby book, she must consider that her parents are lying to her.
Good Fortune by Noni Carter
YA CARTER, N.
Brutally kidnapped from her African village and shipped to America, a young girl struggles to come to terms with her new life as a slave, gradually rising from working in the fields to the master’s house, secretly learning to read and write, until, risking everything, she escapes to seek freedom in the North.
The Missing Girl by Norma Fox Mazer
YA MAZER, N.
In Mallory, New York, as five sisters, aged eleven to seventeen, deal with assorted problems, conflicts, fears, and yearnings, a mysterious middle-aged man watches them, fascinated, deciding which one he likes the best.
Period 8 by Chris Crutcher
YA CRUTCHER, C.
Period 8 has always been a safe haven and high school senior Paulie “The Bomb” Baum a constant attendee, but as Paulie, Hannah, their friends, and a sympathetic teacher try to unravel the mystery of a missing classmate, the ultimate bully takes aim at the school.
Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly
YA TROMLY, S.
After her parents’ divorce, Zoe Webster moves from Brooklyn to upstate New York where she meets the weirdly compelling misfit, Philip Digby, and soon finds herself in a series of hilarious and dangerous situations as he pulls her into his investigation into the kidnapping of a local teenage girl which may be related to the disappearance of his kid sister eight years ago.
Don’t Stop Now by Julie Halpern
YA HALPERN, J.
Recent high school graduates Lil and Josh leave Illinois for Oregon seeking Lil’s sort-of friend Penny, who faked her own kidnapping to escape problems at home and an abusive boyfriend, but Lil also wants to find out if she and Josh are meant to be more than friends.