Gated

Gated

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by Amy Christine Parker
     
 

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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,See more details below

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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.

"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."


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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
10/01/2013
Gr 10 Up—Pioneer came to Lyla's family when they were at their most vulnerable: Karen, five-year-old Lyla's older sister, had disappeared without a trace from in front of their apartment building, not long before the planes hit the World Trade Center. Lyla's father and mother-along with several other families-willingly followed Pioneer to Mandrodage Meadows, a gated community with a dark secret. Pioneer claims that the mysterious Brethren have chosen them as survivors of the coming Armageddon. He controls what they watch, how they live, whom the youth will marry. Lyla, now 17, knows that she is safe, but the thought of living in the underground silo that will be their home when the world ends doesn't really seem like her idea of living. When she meets Cody, the local sheriff's son, and he begins to question some of her long-held beliefs, Lyla wonders if Pioneer is really the savior he claims to be. Her doubts will have some consequences that will put her and her community in danger-not only from outside, but also from within. This well-plotted tale will allow readers a glimpse into the possible world of a doomsday cult. Because the characters come across as real individuals, it's easy to sympathize with their situation and the way in which they have been taken in by Pioneer's lies. The subject matter and violence make this book more appropriate for an older audience, but 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?"—Heather M. Campbell, formerly at Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO
Publishers Weekly
It’s the end of the world, and no one’s fine in this tense psychological thriller, Parker’s debut. Seventeen-year-old Lyla is part of the Community, a group of families led by the charismatic Pioneer, who has secluded them from the outside world in anticipation of the imminent apocalypse. With Pioneer’s prophesied deadline fast approaching, Lyla struggles with her faith and resolve. A chance encounter with Cody, a boy from the outside, further tempts her away from the way of the Community, but when events escalate—with her salvation at stake—she may have to choose between following her heart or staying true to her friends and family. Parker skillfully explores the mindset and inner workings of an apocalyptic cult, steadily building toward the inevitable moment of truth. The appeal of the Community’s simpler way of life is balanced by a growing sense of wrongness, as cracks appear in Pioneer’s façade. Lyla’s internal conflict is well-played and believable. As for the apocalypse itself, Parker keeps things suitably ambiguous, resulting in a complex, intriguing tale rooted in real-world events. Ages 14–up. Agent: Lucienne Diver, the Knight Agency. (Aug.)
From the Publisher
A tense psychological thriller that will leave you gasping for breath as you race to the very last page.”
—Gretchen McNeil, author of Ten
 
“An awesome, creepy book that reminds me of my favorite cult films while still being surprising.”
—HelloGiggles.com
 
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?’
SLJ
 
“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.
—Lilybloombooks.com
 
“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.”
Publishers Weekly
 
Mysterious, entrancing and dark, Gated brings in just the right amount of paced storytelling with the edge-of-your-reading-seats sense of suspense.”
—TeenReads.com
 
“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)
 
“Entertaining throughout.”
—Examiner.com

VOYA - Erin E. Forson
After Lyla's sister is kidnapped and never found, her family decides to escape the evil world by moving to the Community with the man who shows continued concern over their loss even in the wake of 9/11—Pioneer. Now, Pioneer has been given a vision that the end of the world is coming, and Lyla must prepare to enter the underground silo that will protect her family from the impending apocalypse. Heart-pounding action and quick chapters punctuated by quotes from notorious cult leaders like Jim Jones, Charles Manson, and David Koresh, create an eerie and effective novel of suspense that is impossible to put down. Through Lyla's eyes, readers gain insight into how vulnerable and wounded individuals can be manipulated into following a cult, especially when they are isolated from family and friends. Lyla's character effectively portrays the helplessness that such victims probably feel, and amplifies their weakness because she is herself a teenager, beholden to her parents' wishes. Equally intriguing is Pioneer, whose actions illuminate the mind of a psychopath in all of his twisted glory, and whose continued mental deterioration forces Lyla to act, realizing that bravery is doing what is right when no one else will. Public and school librarians will welcome this nail-biter and should shelf it next to S.A. Bodeen's The Compound (Macmillan, 2008/Voya June 2008) and Pam Bachorz's Candor (Egmont, 2009/Voya October 2009). Reviewer: Erin E. Forson
Children's Literature - Julia Brown
Seventeen-year-old Lyla Hamilton has spent a large chunk of her life locked away in the Community. Her family, as well as many others, are chosen by the Brethren to survive the apocalypse and are called to turn away from the outside world. Under the leadership of Pioneer, a self-proclaimed prophet, the families pool their resources and move to the secluded area of Mandrodage Meadows where they live in peace and simplicity as they await the end of the world. Since Pioneer is the only Community member able to communicate with the Brethren or receive news from the outside world, the other members must give him their full trust. Lyla’s parents, her Intended, Will, and even her friends, Brian and Marie, refuse to question Pioneer or his motives. Lyla alone begins to fear that Pioneer falls short of the virtuous leader he claims to be. As Outsiders become involved, Community members take sides and others begin to see Pioneer’s true colors. Little Owl, as Pioneer calls Lyla, emerges as the strongest of the Community, determined to overcome any obstacle to regain freedom. Parker creates an emotional rollercoaster that will have readers laughing, crying, and gripping the edge of their seats. Fans of dystopias and thrillers will be richly rewarded by this riveting read. Reviewer: Julia Brown; Ages 12 up.
Kirkus Reviews
This absorbing examination of a cult focuses on a teenage girl who begins to doubt their leader. Lyla's little sister was kidnapped in New York City 12 years ago, just before 9/11. Her inconsolable parents fell prey to a charismatic man calling himself Pioneer, who promised to keep them safe in the coming apocalypse thanks to knowledge received from aliens. They now live with about 20 other families in a walled-in agricultural community that hides a secret: They have dug a five-story-deep silo into the ground in which they intend to live for five years before the aliens come to rescue them. Pioneer controls his people closely, assigning the adolescents into marriages (Will is Lyla's Intended) and insisting that everyone in the Community learn to shoot to kill, as he's sure Outsiders will eventually attack them. Parker convincingly portrays the dynamics of a cult from the inside out, contriving events that will allow Lyla to learn the truth about Pioneer and nicely fitting Lyla's rebellion against the Community into her natural adolescent rebellion. But if Lyla tries to warn the Community, will anyone believe her, or will she be trapped forever in the silo? 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. (Fiction. 14 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780449815991
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
08/06/2013
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
84,154
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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