May 09, 2015

4 Star #Review of Gated (Gated #1) by Amy Christine Parker

A fast-paced, nerve-fraying contemporary thriller that questions loyalties and twists truths. 
"Appearances can be deceiving." 
In the Community, life seems perfect. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Pioneer invited Lyla's family to join his group and escape the evil in the world. They were happy to be chosen, happy to move away from New York and start over in such an idyllic gated community. Now seventeen, Lyla knows that Pioneer is more than just their charismatic leader, he is their prophet . . . but his visions have grown dark. 
Lyla is a loyal member of the Community, but a chance encounter with an outsider boy has her questioning Pioneer, the Community--everything. And if there's one thing not allowed in the Community, it's doubt. Her family and friends are certain in their belief. Lyla wishes she could feel the same. As Pioneer begins to manipulate his flock toward disaster, the question remains: Will Lyla follow them over the edge? 
From the outside looking in, it's hard to understand why anyone would join a cult. But "Gated" tells the story of the Community 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?'" 
Examiner.com
"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." "From the Hardcover edition."
 About the Author

Biography

AMY CHRISTINE PARKER writes full-time from her home near Tampa, Florida, where she lives with her husband, their two daughters, and one ridiculously fat cat. Visit her at amychristineparker.com and follow her on Twitter @amychristinepar.





Im going to cry.  Well this one started out all creepy etc.  But I thought I was getting a supernatural thriller and what I got was a girl who was a member of a cult. Which was ok.  Not great but it was ok.    
The story was pretty good and fast.  I think that the cover doesn't really depict the situation of the story. 

So this was def. worth the read and I might read book two. 

 Go Into This One Knowing 
creepy, scary 











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