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Gated (Gated Series) Kindle Edition
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.
"A tense psychological thriller that will leave you gasping for breath as you race to the very last page." --Gretchen McNeil, author of Ten
HelloGiggles.com, August 3, 2013:
"When I found out that there was a YA book about cults, of course I had to read it. As it turns out, Amy Christine Parker’s Gated is an awesome, creepy book that reminds me of my favorite cult films while still being surprising."
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2013:
"Parker doesn’t pull punches, indicating a level of brutality that will appropriately disturb even as it successfully conveys Lyla’s complete entrapment in the Community. Compelling and not that distant from real-world cults that have ended in tragedy."
Publishers Weekly, June 10, 2013:
"Parker skillfully explores the mindset and inner workings of an apocalyptic cult, steadily building toward the inevitable moment of truth...As for the apocalypse itself, Parker keeps things suitably ambiguous, resulting in a complex, intriguing tale rooted in real-world events."
School Library Journal, October 2013:
"This well-plotted tale will allow readers a glimpse into the possible world of a doomsday cult...The language is accessible, making it a good choice for reluctant readers. After the last page is turned, the question will linger: 'Could I ever be deceived like this?'"
"A well-rounded and thorough look into cults while still remaining entertaining throughout. I look forward to reading more of Parker's works in the future."
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—Gretchen McNeil, author of Ten
“An awesome, creepy book that reminds me of my favorite cult films while still being surprising.”
“Compelling. . . . This absorbing examination of a cult focuses on a teenage girl who begins to doubt their leader.”
—Kirkus Reviews, Starred
“I highly recommend Gated to fans of contemporary fiction with a twist. This one has a bit of everything—mystery, intense action, real life issues, and romance.”
—My Book Addiction (blog)
“After the last page is turned, the question will linger: ‘Could I ever be deceived like this?’”
“Highly recommended for fans of YA thrillers and contemporary fiction.”
—A Dream Within a Dream (blog)
“Every once in a while a book comes along that leaves you reeling. Speechless. Shocked. Nothing you say will do it justice. Gated is that book. Chilling, horrifying, but beautiful. A MUST read.”
“Action-packed and full of suspense. . . . It’s new and fresh, a step away from everything that’s out there right now.”
—Me, My Shelf, and I (blog)
“A complex, intriguing tale rooted in real-world events.”
“Mysterious, entrancing and dark, Gated brings in just the right amount of paced storytelling with the edge-of-your-reading-seats sense of suspense.”
“An absolutely enrapturing book . . . I couldn’t put it down.”
—In Libris Veritas (blog)
An entertaining and unique entry in a sea of generic YA novels.”
—Fiction Frenzy (blog)
“If you need a summer thriller read with a smartly woven plot and a lamb-to-lion main character, then this book is for you.”
—Great Imaginations (blog)
“An absolutely fascinating read with an original concept and an absolutely brilliant villain! Different with just the right touch of chilling.”
—Fiction Freak (blog)
—Examiner.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B00BO4GTK6
- Publisher : Random House Books for Young Readers (August 6, 2013)
- Publication date : August 6, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 3095 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 354 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,351,903 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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These cults seem to recruit certain types of people. People who have experienced significant heartache,like the death of a child or the death of a parent.Or even people who are poor or unmarried. Those types of people are the ones least likely to question the leader, in this case his name was Pioneer. The cults tend to stray away from recruiting people who are more confident and strong minded.
Lyla's family experienced a nightmare when her sister Karen disappeared ten years earlier when Lyla was only 5. 2 years later Pioneer recruited Lyla and her parents to be the beginnings of his flock that would reside in the Community.Ten years later Lyla remembers little of her old life as she has assimilated into her life in the Community.Will is her future husband, no one questions that. They have been intended for each other since Lyla was fourteen years old.
Yet this isn't your typical cult as it is not driven by religion.It is what is known as a doomsday cult. Pioneer believes that the end of the world is near and he is making sure that once it does end, the entire Community can live in the Silo where they will be safe. But a chance meeting between Lyla and an Outsider by the name of Cody, threatens to unearth everything that Lyla has held dear to her. Suddenly the quiet Lyla is questioning everything about the Community and about Pioneer. That way of thinking could cost her, her life as well as the lives of those she loves.
The last third of the book is so heartbreaking and I had tissues in my hands during the ending of it. By the end of the book, my tissues were in shreds and my eyes were red and puffy. Amy Christine Parker did an amazing job with this book.I will definitely buy anything else she writes as this was a spectacular debut. 5 stars to this compelling, riveting and heartbreaking book that broke the formula of books about cults.
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!