I received this book for free from NetGalley, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Gated by Amy Christine Parker
Published by Random House on August 6, 2013
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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Also by this author: Smash & Grab
She thought the evil lived outside the walls.
She was wrong.
In the Community, life seems perfect. The members of this isolated suburban development have thrived under Pioneer, the charismatic leader who saved them from their sad, damaged lives.
Lyla Hamilton and her parents moved here following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, looking to escape the evil in the world. Now seventeen, Lyla knows certain facts are not to be questioned:
Pioneer is her leader.
Will is her Intended.
The end of the world is near.
Like Noah before him, Pioneer has been told of the imminent destruction of humanity. He says his chosen must arm themselves and prepare to fight off the unchosen people, who will surely seek refuge in the compound's underground fortress--the Silo.
Lyla loves her family and friends, but given the choice, she prefers painting to target practice. And lately she'd rather think about a certain boy outside the development than plan for married life in the Silo with Will. But as the end of days draws near, she will have to pick up a gun, take a side, and let everyone know where she stands.
Gated took me completely by surprise, and made my sociologist brain go into overdrive. It also intrigued me because I we covered these types of communities in one of my classes.
Our main character Lyla is a thinker. She isn’t one to enjoy shooting, or anything like that. She is the sensible one, and always thinks things through. She’s a strong character to deal with the obstacles that come up in her life. She wants to find the truth, and figure out if the things she’s learned is how the world really is. I wanted to beat some of the other characters in the head. They believe everything they are told, and don’t think to question events. Pioneer is intense. He’s charismatic, and everything you’d look for in a leader.
We get the scoop on the happenings of the community through Lyla’s eyes. Even before meeting the boy from the outside world, she still didn’t understand why they needed to learn how to shoot. Most of the book is Lyla trying to figure out what she believes in, and the consequences of voicing her decisions and thoughts. We also see how manipulative people can be. It’s scary what people will do to make sure you follow them without question. I also began to wonder how scared people are of the “outside world” that they are content to hide away in a community. It’s like some of them are in their own little happy bubble.
Gated is a great book from being to end. Lyla finding herself is an up and down thrill ride. I was up until 3 AM to see what was going to happen. I also wondered what type of research went into writing this book. The whole social aspect has me giddy wanting to learn more about the subject.
Gretchen McNeil, author of TEN:
“A tense psychological thriller that will leave you gasping for breath as you race to the very last page.”
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.”
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