I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Dollhouse Asylum by Mary Gray
Published by Spencer Hill Press on October 22, 2013
Genres: Thriller, YA
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A virus that had once been contained has returned, and soon no place will be left untouched by its destruction. But when Cheyenne wakes up in Elysian Fields--a subdivision cut off from the world and its monster-creating virus--she is thrilled to have a chance at survival.
At first, Elysian Fields,with its beautiful houses and manicured lawns, is perfect. Teo Richardson, the older man who stole Cheyenne's heart, built it so they could be together. But when Teo tells Cheyenne there are tests that she and seven other couples must pass to be worthy of salvation, Cheyenne begins to question the perfection of his world.
The people they were before are gone. Cheyenne is now "Persephone," and each couple has been re-named to reflect the most tragic romances ever told. Everyone is fighting to pass the test, to remain in Elysian Fields. Teo dresses them up, tells them when to move and how to act, and in order to pass the test, they must play along.
If they play it right, then they'll be safe.
But if they play it wrong, they'll die.
I found myself having dreams about The Dollhouse Asylm. It’s creepy, not necessarily like horror books, but in the fact that it shows how monstrous humans can be.
Cheyenne kind of annoyed me at the beginning. She’s very naive and immature. Her character needed that in order to be able to grow throughout the book. Marcus is probably my favorite character. He’s got layers. He is doing his best to play the game, but he has this incredibly sensitive side. He also wants to do whatever he can to get them out of there. Teo is one scary guy. He’s got a twisted mind, and that definitely unsettled me.
I enjoyed how it played on some of the most tragic romances in literature. You don’t really understand why until the end. And these poor teens have to go through some intense and terrifying events. Some make it, and some don’t. But the way some of them go is gut wrenching. It’s hard to imagine how a person could be responsible for this neighborhood, and how he can destroy life so easily. That’s what freaks me out about this story. Being inside of the mind of a psychopath.
I won’t tell you what happens, or what the story leads to, but I hope you enjoy this story. I’ve been anticipating this book for a long time, and I definitely liked it. It’s more of a suspense/thriller than anything else.