Glistening Haven: A Dystopian Thriller [NOOK Book]

Overview

Susan Monroe doesn't ask for much: good grades from her children, a house with room for a pool, to be the best Tupperware party host in New Haven 56.

But inside her tranquil 1950s styled community, a monster lurks. A monster that lives inside Susan, and every one of her superficially perfect neighbors, held in check by the oppressive police state that rules over them.

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Glistening Haven: A Dystopian Thriller

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Overview

Susan Monroe doesn't ask for much: good grades from her children, a house with room for a pool, to be the best Tupperware party host in New Haven 56.

But inside her tranquil 1950s styled community, a monster lurks. A monster that lives inside Susan, and every one of her superficially perfect neighbors, held in check by the oppressive police state that rules over them.

Susan's happy life is torn apart when her teenage son goes missing the same night an explosion rips apart the community. Susan knows it’s only a matter of time before the police start breaking down their doors.

Before the reconditioning begins and Susan's identity is lost, she must do one final thing.

Find her son.
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Editorial Reviews

Sarah in Bookland - Sarah C
"Breathtaking and mind-blowing dystopian thriller, a must-read for all Veronica Roth's fans.-- Sarah in Bookland"
Bloodling Reviews - S Bloodling
This isn't a cookie cutter book. It's a little like an onion. As you peel it back, more things just pop out at you. I've read this book twice now, and I can tell you that I picked more up the second time around. It was awesome!

You should definitely pick this book up! It's a great read!
GoodReads - Beth Culwright
It was a read that encouraged the reader to think about the world created within the covers and how close real life has mirrored these conditions; how people throughout the ages have lived with these circumstances and how they have fared. I found this book quite interesting and unsettling to say the least--but in a good way. I felt challenged.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016255637
  • Publisher: Jill Cooper
  • Publication date: 10/12/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 730,801
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jill Cooper loves tea more than coffee and is obsessed over finding that perfect recipe.She was born in 1977 and shared a room with her sister for 18 years. Early on she had dreams of writing romances and mysteries. It was something she did when most kids were trying out for softball or out riding bikes.

She's always loved dark mysteries, but also enjoys a great comedy so she tries to include both these things in everything she writes, one way or another.

She lives in Danvers, MA with two cats, a toddler, a husband, and a 1964 yellow taxi. Her life is chaotic, but fun. She can be contacted at
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  • Posted February 2, 2014

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    I always enjoy a good mystery, and this book is a great paranorm

    I always enjoy a good mystery, and this book is a great paranormal mystery. The plot is well thought out, with all the pieces falling into place at the end.
    I don't usually read books about the future but this one held my attention. It involves conspiracy theories. It also delves into the prejudices of people against others that are different than themselves.
    There is also a nice love story between Wendy and Jake, and the difficulties that they have to overcome.
    I also like the surprise ending.

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  • Posted March 31, 2013

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    I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest r

    I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. Susan Monroe has a perfect family and a perfect life. She has two kids and a loving husband. What she doesn’t realize is her content life isn’t quite realistic. Her family is given monthly rations; their supposed happy life has been due to reconditioning. Travis Reynolds, the Chief of Police in New Haven 56, is human. He’s aware that this 50s community he, his wife and daughter live in isn’t realistic. But he makes it is duty to keep this community safe from harm.

    This book was The Stepford Wives on super steroids! The biggest decision for the women was what kind of welcome package to bring their new neighbors. This was a fun read for me, lots of unexpected twists to keep you engrossed throughout the novel. My favorite character was Jenna, she was a Glistening bounty hunter, she’d capture them for reconditioning and then they’re placed in a New Haven to begin their new lives. This book had it all, action, suspense and mystery. This is one of the best dystopian novels I’ve read in quite awhile.


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  • Posted March 30, 2013

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    Leave it to Beaver on Steroids. Glistening Haven¿it hasn¿t been

    Leave it to Beaver on Steroids.

    Glistening Haven…it hasn’t been a half hour since I finished this book so, as you can imagine, I’m still wrapped up in its world. It’s a world where Leave It To Beaver meets Dragonslayer. Yep, you read that right. And oh what a world Jill Cooper has weaved!


    Pencil skirts, desserts at the ready, “swell” and all that 50s stuff are covering the underlying life of the glistening. Our world, with all its glamour and wants of beauty, has been changed due to the chemicals in the products that reacted with our natural chemistry. Some people’s biology has been changed forever and it happened right before the eyes of the world watching. Now, this is a few years later, the majority of those who are now the glistening, those who are not still in hiding, have been rounded up and given a place to live, conditioned and without the unspoken terms of further conditioning if they revert. What are the glistening? Humans who can change into blood thirsty monsters. Wings, scales, claws, you name it.


    Now this story takes you through several different characters, their lives, hopes, dreams, loves, fears, losses, struggles of all kinds, past and uncertain futures. You find yourself connecting with them, hating them, loving them, cheering for them, and saddened with them.


    This story drew me in from page one. I couldn’t put it down, and when I had to I found myself thinking about it, dreaming about it (that was a wacked out dream) and dissecting it. It’s not a short read, 410 pages in paperback form, but it’s not a hard read. I love that the author took what could have been 2 books, with an incredible cliffhanger, and kept it at one. I appreciate that she did that, but I still can’t wait to find out more. You meet some incredible characters and also say goodbye to many of them, but you don’t find yourself wondering why because the reasons fit it beautifully with the storyline.


    What would I have changed? Nothing. I can honestly say that this has to be one of the few books I’ve ever read that I loved it completely and wholly as it is. Crazy, right? That’s just how well this book is written and why I recommend it to anyone who likes a good thriller without a story that goes overboard on itself.


    Do yourself a favor, check out this book, I promise you won’t be let down. After you’ve read it, I’d like to hear what you thought of it.

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