Sanctum (Asylum Series #2)

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In this haunting, fast-paced sequel to the New York Times bestselling photo-illustrated novel Asylum, three teens must unlock some long-buried secrets from the past before the past comes back to get them first. Featuring found photographs, many from real vintage carnivals, Sanctum is a mind-bending reading experience that blurs the lines between past and present, genius and insanity, perfect for fans of the smash hit Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

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Overview

In this haunting, fast-paced sequel to the New York Times bestselling photo-illustrated novel Asylum, three teens must unlock some long-buried secrets from the past before the past comes back to get them first. Featuring found photographs, many from real vintage carnivals, Sanctum is a mind-bending reading experience that blurs the lines between past and present, genius and insanity, perfect for fans of the smash hit Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

Dan, Abby, and Jordan remain traumatized by the summer they shared in the Brookline asylum. Much as they'd love to move on, someone is determined to keep the terror alive, sending the teens photos of an old-timey carnival, with no note and no name. Forsaking their plan never to go back, the teens return to New Hampshire College under the guise of a weekend for prospective students, and there they realize that the carnival from the photos is not only real, it's here on campus, apparently for the first time in many years.

Sneaking away from sample classes and college parties, Dan and his friends lead a tour of their own—one through the abandoned houses and hidden places of the surrounding town. Camford is hiding a terrible past, and the influence of the asylum runs deeper than Dan ever imagined.

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With its well-chosen vintage photographs and fast-breaking action, this new novel by Madeleine Roux (Alison Hewitt Is Trapped) is the perfect follow-up to her haunting series launch Asylum. For youthful heroes Dan, Abby, and Jordan, there seems to be no rest. Their previously unplanned return to New Hampshire College reveals anew that eerie things seem to be happening everywhere. (P.S. This Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition contains a postcard collection of evocative images that readers will recognize.)

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“With plentiful old photographs of carnival acts, Roux works the creepy verisimilitude that made Asylum such a page-turner. The haunted-house explorations are especially cinematic and spooky...Roux knows how to keep the action rolling and the reader hooked.”
School Library Journal
09/01/2014
Gr 9 Up— Dan, Abby, and Jordan are forced to revisit their traumatic past at Brookline Asylum when mysterious photos draw them back to town and to dark secrets. This is a seriously spooky tale; purchase this series where quirky horror is popular.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-06-25
The eerie atmosphere of Asylum (2013) has a hard time making itself felt in this sequel.After Dan Crawford and his friends were nearly murdered at New Hampshire College, the site of a former mental hospital, they find themselves haunted. Abby and Jordan receive cryptic old carnival photos, and Dan is urged by the boy who almost killed him to return to NHC and "follow" the photographs. Dan, Abby and Jordan pose as prospective freshmen, arriving to find crowds of unrealistic college students and a bizarre mess involving hypnotism, a mysterious stone and a cult called the Scarlets. Plagued by what might be ghosts or hallucinations, Dan uses his vague mental connection with the asylum's former warden to investigate the Scarlets and discovers that he's not the only one with ties to the asylum. The plot meanders, and the characters develop very little beyond a romance between Dan and Abby; Dan's possible relationship with the warden remains unexplored, and his own mental illness is so unspecific that it's unclear whether he's possessed or hallucinating. Mock photos of carnival performers are interesting but don't always match the text, so they feel disruptive. The ending delivers a disturbing moment with creepy implications, but the disorganized buildup still reduces its impact.Fans of Asylum will want to read this, but they shouldn't expect a logical continuation of the first book. (Fiction. 14-18)
Booklist
“With plentiful old photographs of carnival acts, Roux works the creepy verisimilitude that made Asylum such a page-turner. The haunted-house explorations are especially cinematic and spooky...Roux knows how to keep the action rolling and the reader hooked.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062220998
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/26/2014
  • Series: Asylum Series, #2
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 71,582
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Madeleine Roux

Madeleine Roux is the New York Times bestselling author of Asylum, which has sold into nine countries around the world and which Publishers Weekly called "a strong YA debut." Sanctum is the second installment in the series about Dan, Abby, and Jordan. Madeleine is also the author of Alison Hewitt Is Trapped and Sadie Walker Is Stranded. A graduate of the Beloit College MFA program, Madeleine now lives in Minnesota.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2014

    Awesome sequel!

    Asylum was awesome and Sanctom was even better! Murders, cults, fully-realized ghosts, curses! This book is so yummy for the brain!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2015

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    Better than the first

    I'll admit its been a while since I read the first one. But from what I remember is the first one while atmospheric with a good setting and creepy moments, the pace was just slow. I get it was building up the story but at the same time I don't know, I was almost getting bored. I wasn't sure about the characters either. Especially Dan.

    Maybe that's why I been putting off reading this for a while now then saw it on the shelf and was in the mood for a creepy Halloween-ish type read.

    Now with the sequel, I found the pace to be much better. Stuff was happening a lot more and it seemed the characters were making progress. The trio here I liked more in this book. Dan especially. I don't know what it is. I mean he was okay. He sure had moments where I'm thinking, what is he doing and seriously dude you're just figuring it out now?!

    Anyway, the setting for both books I do like. In the first one you got an asylum and in this a creepy carnival. I wonder what the next one will take place on and what pictures we'll see in it. Pretty good sequel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 27, 2014

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    Dan, Abby and Jordon, having lasted a summer of mystery and mayh

    Dan, Abby and Jordon, having lasted a summer of mystery and mayhem at New Hampshire College, decide that their survival was an indicator of a need to return to that campus. Their reason for returning to the place that saw the death of three of their campus mates, the onset of hallucinations, repeated betrayals and town folk who did not want them there was, “in search of answering questions left unasked.” Those answers revolved around Brookline Asylum, Dr. Daniel Crawford, his “experiments” and why Felix (Dan’s roommate from the summer course, now a patient in a psychiatric ward) directed them back to such a place. All of these questions were, of course, set up in the series first installment.
    When Dan visits Felix, he is told that “(Daniel) could ‘undo what has been done.’” Knowing that his path will return him to the place that inhabits his nightmares does little to further Dan’s recovery from his own recent trauma. Were it not for the promise of “undoing,” he would not consider returning to New Hampshire College. With the company of his buddies, however, that is what he does.  The trio never suspects that what was heard as a promise could be meant as a threat. That reality occurs too late for other choices to be made.
    This book is a pale extension of the series. The plot is weak, the execution sloppy, and the characters shallow and cartoonish.  There is, once again, more harsh language to be found in this book targeted to younger readers – language that is unneeded and frivolous. The violence of the first book has been toned down as has been the body count, but the tension has been ramped up, a combination for which Ms. Roux is to be commended.  The ending felt rushed and incomplete, leaving the door open for another volume.  If such occurs, hopefully Dan, Abby and Jordan can move beyond what is quickly becoming an endless summer. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2014

    Worth Checking Out

    If anyone is a big fan of Madelene Roux will find great enjoyment out of it, but-if new to the book-still worth checking out either way.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2015

    I just bought this book today and I absolutely love it I had got

    I just bought this book today and I absolutely love it I had gotton the previous book for a Christmas gift and wanted this one and it is just as good as the first I hope a third comes out soon!

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  • Posted December 8, 2014

    There is never a dull moment. Abby, Jordan, and Dan are back for

    There is never a dull moment. Abby, Jordan, and Dan are back for more but, this time there is a surprising twist to the plot.

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  • Posted November 8, 2014

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    Highly Recommended

    Great sequel, mysteries solved and it was creepy

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    Posted August 31, 2014

    To madid friend from alex

    She said to tell u bezerk i think thats the name of the book

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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