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Losing It based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
After I read Say Her Name, I wanted a good YA horror book. Does anyone else just get into moods where you want to read a certain type of thing and you just keep looking until you find something that fits it? Because I do. So going into Asylum by Madeline Roux, I knew nothing about it other than… well, nothing. I had heard some good things from my updates feed on Goodreads and I knew that it had a creepy cover and was probably set at a mental asylum of some sort, but that was it. The book is about a boy named Dan Crawford who is starting a summer college program in the Northeast and he finds out almost immediately upon arriving that something is wrong there because he finds a creepy photo. What was really cool about this book was that there were photos interspersed in through the story. So, the picture Dan found was on the next page and periodically if there was something weird that dan or one of his new friends found, there would be a creepy old picture of it or sometimes just one at random. I know the Miss Peregrine’s books have sort of the same element with their own pictures but having never read that or anything else like this, it was a really interesting format and the pictures made the book even creepier and did a really good job of adding to the vibe that it had. Madeleine Roux has a Pinterest board with more photos that remind me of the ones in this too which was really cool to find. So, after finding that scary photo, Dan and his new friends, Jordan and Abby, find out that the building they’re in used to be a mental asylum and it’s a dark memory for the town, one that they try to ignore and even want the building torn down. As the book progresses, there’s more and more about the mental asylum that used to be housed within those walls and how it’s tied to Abby, Jordan, Dan, and Dan’s quiet roommate Felix. As the book unfolds, Dan learns more and more about the horrifying events that took place before their dorm was a dorm for high school seniors taking extra credits in the summer. At the same time, his mental state starts to become questionable and it leaves the reader wondering exactly what’s going on, what’s going to happen, and whether or not everyone who was a patient at the asylum left once their time was up. This book was a quick read and it was really, really creepy. The characters were a little bit flat at times and I completely saw the big twist coming, but it was still an enjoyable ride there and I will definitely be reading the sequel soon, I’m excited to see where the books go from here. I love the photos that were in the book and they did a really good job adding to the scary atmosphere of the book. If you’re a fan of horror movies or books, this is definitely a good one to check out and it reminded me a little of a couple movies: Exeter coming out later this year and one that has an oddly similar premise to this book, but wasn’t quite as well done, also called Asylum.
So truthful and thought provoking.