Gated Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A fast-paced, nerve-fraying contemporary thriller that questions loyalties and twists truths.
Appearances can be deceiving.
Lyla Hamilton is a loyal member of the Community. Her family was happy to be chosen by Pioneer to join such an lovely gated neighborhood. Here, life seems perfect.
But after meeting Cody, an outsider boy, Lyla starts questioning Pioneer, her friends, her family - everything. And if there's one thing not allowed in the Community, it's doubt. As Pioneer cleverly manipulates his flock toward disaster, the real question is: Will Lyla follow her heart or follow Pioneer over the edge?
From the outside looking in, it's hard to understand why anyone would join a cult. But Gated tells the story from the inside looking out, and from behind the gates things are not quite so simple. Amy Christine Parker's beautiful writing creates a chilling, utterly unique YA story. Perfect for fans of creepy thrillers and contemporary fiction alike.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 19 minutes|
|Author||Amy Christine Parker|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||August 06, 2013|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #61,751 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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#32 in Teen Fiction on Violence
Reviewed in the United States on February 4, 2017
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Lyla is the main character, Pioneer is the prophet and the End Times are Now.
Ms. Parker paints one heck of a picture of a girl growing up in a survivalist cult. Her main character, Lyla, is a seventeen year old, and has spent the past ten years in Mandrodage Meadows. (Mandrodage = Armageddon. I'm not any kind of genius and I figured it out the moment I saw it) Lyla and her family, as well as nineteen other families and of course, The Pioneer, have been preparing for the end of the world, when only their small group will be saved.
Literally saved, in a survivalist silo just past the orchards. Every moment of their lives, both before and after the Earth changes rotation (the event that kills off everyone else, according to Pioneer and the shadowy Brethren that are only plugged into Pioneer) has been planned, down to their spouses and the fact that they will kill anyone outside their group on sight. Not because they don't have the supplies to save any additional mouths, but because everyone outside their group is Evil.
This book is written for adolescents, but would be a decent read for adults as well. It moves quickly, has lots of cliffhangers, and it takes almost no time to pull you into the story. Does the world really end? (The book's world. Since I'm writing this, our world hasn't ended yet) Does this group of survivalists manage to stay together and keep everyone out? And what about Lyla? Can she manage to keep her doubts and her character a secret, so that she can stay with her family and live to see tomorrow? [overprotective mother warning: there are a few violent and scary scenes toward the end, and animals die. Many girls are more upset about the horses rather than the mostly faceless people who die.]
I truly enjoyed this book and would recommend it for anyone say twelve and older, provided they know about survivalist groups. A few minutes of watching television should tell you if you have the stomach to deal with survivalist camps, who seem to star in reality shows 24/7. Even an old bat like myself enjoyed this book greatly, and I'm old enough to have kids well over twelve!
Okay, have you ever had one of those moments when you are expecting something else and you get a completely different take on what you were thinking?
Still have no idea what I am talking about? Okay lets do an analogy then:
You order a sweet tea to drink and as you take a sip your taste buds are assaulted with this bubbling sensation as you realize you got a soda instead. And then as you drink it, you realize you really did want the soda.
Now I know you really think I have lost my mind! But that is what happened with Gated. For some strange reason, I was expecting Gated to be about a community ravaged by zombies. I don't know why; its just my mind was zombies and that was the evil I was expecting.
But that isn't what I got. And as I kept reading I realized this book is so much more scarier than zombies because this is something that could and has happened before in our society.
So I had one of my "Duh" moments but I am still glad I picked up this book because it really blew my mind. I never really read any books about religious cults but I now see what I have been missing.
Gated is one of those realistic scary books. As I was reading I couldn't understand how these people could get drawn in to what their leader was "preaching" to them. But as I continued through the book, I realized these characters were already hopeless. A lot of them had given up on society through terrible situations they have been through. And as they hit rock bottom, it was so easy to believe anything.
Each character was written very well. Our protagonist, Lyla, is the one that seems to question everything. Even when she feels guilty for doing it. Its just very disappointing that the parents, who are the ones who should be protecting their children, are so drawn in to what this man is telling them that they will give him free reign over their own free will.
And just as the protagonists were written very well, the antagonist was written doubly well. You can tell the author did some amazing research on cults and serial killers. I really liked how each chapter had quotes from the Leader and then as the book gets further in you get quotes from different killers in our own history.
Gated is one of those dark stories that really grabs us and won't let go. It forces us to take a look at the true monsters that surround us and pushes us to question everything.
I had to give Gated four hearts!