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Terrorism, heroism and everything in between...THE TRAP is a teen thriller about espionage, a missing brother and the ever-raging war on terror by million-copy-selling author, Alan Gibbons. MI5 agent, Kate, receives a tip-off about an asset, who seems too good to be true. Amir and Nasima are trying to make friends at their new school but struggling to keep a terrible secreTerrorism, heroism and everything in between...THE TRAP is a teen thriller about espionage, a missing brother and the ever-raging war on terror by million-copy-selling author, Alan Gibbons. MI5 agent, Kate, receives a tip-off about an asset, who seems too good to be true. Amir and Nasima are trying to make friends at their new school but struggling to keep a terrible secret. A group of jihadists are planning something. And behind it all stands Majid. Brother. Son. Hero. Terrorist. Spanning Iraq, Syria and England, THE TRAP grapples with one of the greatest challenges of our time....

Title : The Trap
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ISBN : 9781780622446
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 192 Pages
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The Trap Reviews

  • Trisha
    2019-02-26 01:26

    Tense, edgy stuff. Also timely and challenging. No side is blameless. Sigh.

  • Salima
    2019-03-21 23:14

    In light of recent tragic events, The Trap is an important book that reminds individuals conflict is never as black and white as it seems, and that labelling an entire religion in such a derogatory way due to the actions of a minority expresses true ignorance and barbarity. The Trap is about a Muslim family who are torn apart by the effects of modern terrorism. When Amir's brother is slandered in the news and believed dead, having fled his position as a medical student in the UK to fight in Syria, Amir and his family must move away to escape the discrimination they face and the media onslaught that surrounds them. However, when Amir encounters racist remarks during a peaceful march, he is unfairly arrested and his family must survive further discrimination, while struggling to cope with the loss in their family.However, in mixture between past and present scenes Gibbons reveals what really happened to Majid: he is still alive, now serving as an agent for MI5 and providing information about an upcoming terrorist attack in the UK. The Trap is certainly an intense read, and sensitively explores the reality of what the family must face on an everyday basis. The perspectives are certainly interesting, and intensity laces the story - especially with Majid's narrative as he fights to get hold of a phone to communicate updates. The short length of the chapters intensify the plot and what is truly at stake, until the satisfying yet heartbreaking ending. I would recommend this for younger readers to learn more about the realities of Islamic extremism.

  • Adele Broadbent
    2019-03-18 22:01

    With short chapters and only 186 pages, this story about an English family almost torn apart by terrorism (from the inside) will capture many who aren't that keen on reading, or haven't been able to find a book that grabs them.The Trap deals with an issue that can destroy families on both sides of terrorism. Majid is training to be a doctor in the UK. His family fully support him in his education and dreams to help people, but when he begins spending more and more time with a man who talks of UK infidels, war, martyrdom and glory, they are worried for him. But Majid feels he has to make his own decisions. This story follows those decisions and Majid's path to war and back.The tension rises throughout this novel, to a thrilling conclusion - or is it the end?

  • Georgia
    2019-02-22 01:13

    3 1/2 stars.It was an intense book, emotional, and had me gripped the whole way. Though I do wish I was a bit longer and more in depth But would definitely recommend

  • Emma
    2019-03-17 19:09

    Realistic story about the struggles an Islamic family faces from the public and family conflicts. MUST READ!!!!

  • Duncan Jones
    2019-03-21 22:01

    A brilliant Y/A novel. Short snappy chapters, a very topical story and a believable set of characters. More please!

  • Sally Flint
    2019-03-18 23:22

    I thought that this was a brave and important book that was pitched just right for teenagers. I'm guessing many teenagers view of 'terrorism' and 'islam' isn't overly well-informed and this is an honest and open exploration of islamophobia and reasons why radicalisation can be and is successful. It is only an intro and I was left with lots more questions I needed to have answered, but this would make it perfect for opening discussion in lessons at school. The story follows the family of siblings Majid, Amir and Nasima and their parents as they deal with the consequences of Majid's radicalisation and misguided return to Syria where he thought he would be able to help people as a junior doctor. Believing him to be dead, they work hard to rebuild their lives and hide the shame that Majiid has brought upon them. It is pitched as a thriller, (though I'm not sure I'd agree) and there is a plot development where all the anti-terrorist groups (MI5 etc) are fighting against time to prevent two terrorist attacks. It certainly does have a lot of action and tension builds up to an exciting climax. A real page turner with the potential for a sequel it is convincing, partly achieved by the use of very realistic dialogue. I guess it is a book that may date, but for now it is a great addition to any school curriculum or school library. If I'd been able to have had any input into the book's creation, perhaps because I am an adult reader, I would have liked it to be longer with characters that were further developed and the different viewpoints explored in greater depth. That isn't, though, to take anything away from the quality of the text that was entirely appropriate, interesting and informative exploring a massively important topic whilst being a 'really good page-turning riveting read'.

  • Helena
    2019-03-11 17:03

    Another thought provoking book from Alan Gibbons. The fallout after one brother is killed in Syria - and how his family react. Yes, but it so much more than this. What happens when someone is radicalised? What happens when someone is disillusioned by it all? Terrorism on the streets of London, plotting more attacks - MI5........All constructed skillfully into a tense, fast-paced thriller!

  • Denise
    2019-03-08 19:13

    Tackling important contemporary themes, The Trap deals with the effects terrorism, radicalisation and islamophobia have on a Muslim family in Britain. Brimming with suspense, it's a short but gripping espionage thriller that packs quite a punch despite not even filling 200 pages.

  • HeyItsRae
    2019-02-22 22:23

    Intense and brilliant! It's the first book I've read of Alan Gibbons and I really enjoyed his writing style and idea of the story

  • Adam Clark
    2019-03-06 22:22

    Good short book.