by Amy Christine Parker
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers Release date : August 6th 2013
Genres: Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher | Format: ARC
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Do the gates keep the unchosen out or the chosen in?
In Mandrodage Meadows, life seems perfect. The members of this isolated suburban community have thrived under Pioneer, the charismatic leader who saved them from their sad, damaged lives. Lyla Hamilton and her parents are original members of the flock. They 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 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 compound than plan for married life in the Silo with Will. But with the end of days drawing near, she will have to pick up a gun, take a side, and let everyone know where she stands
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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Every once in a while a book comes along that leaves you reeling. Speechless. Shocked. It’s so good that you know nothing you say will do it justice. Gated, is that book.
I, like pretty much everyone else, requested this book under the impression it was a Dystopian. I was not disappointed in the slightest when I got the memo it wasn’t. The premise sounds even more intriguing and thrilling knowing that is was more a realistic novel. And let me tell you, this book is chilling.
Imaging living a way all your life. To be told about an impending doom of the world. That you were special and will live. You were chosen. All to have it crumble around you bit by bit and realize that your whole life was a lie. The one person you trusted the most committed the ultimate betrayal. And not even your closet friends and family side with you out of fear. Oh yes. *cue goose bumps*
The writing is superb! From that very first page, I was hooked. I often found myself swaying to Pioneer, then taking a step saying “NO, no no-no!” She is THAT good. I loved the chapter breaks where we get more back story on Lyla and other small details that have led to where she is and other small things that have happened since living in the community. Also to note; the chapter headers with some quotes from Pioneer were chilling. (There were others but I don’t know who those men are. I feel like I should though :?)
It takes a certain type of person to BE Pioneer. Smart. Cunning. Charming. And… well, sadistic. Think about it, he was running an entire community, based on his word about “The Brethen”. To inflict such fear, respect and loyalty from these families. I was constantly questioning him and his motives. He comes off as loving, caring and just wanted to better his and everyone’s life, which you KNOW is a lie but you are drawn to his charm anyway. He is THE ultimate villain.
Lyla’s character was so well-developed. She is strong, brave yet confused and unreliable. There were times where I wasn’t sure what she was going to do or say. Her inner monologue was just as back and forth as her actions. One minute, that doubt and the questions would seep in. The next, she was guilty of her thoughts, vying to do better and listen to what Pioneer has said. Which, to me, makes her all the more real. She’s conflicted. Confused. But she also puts herself on the line to protect the ones she loves.
The ending is what kept me from giving it 5 stars. There are few things wrapped up nicely but too much left untouched. I have too many questions about Pioneer. Lyla. Everyone. As far as I know, this is a standalone but I am HOPING there is sequel *side eyes Amy*.
Overall~ LOVED IT! This book hit the right nerves, makes you think and is just so good. Chilling, horrifying but beautiful. A MUST read.
Tonyalee is an avid reader, gym junkie, coffee addicted workaholic, and blogger. Be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram for random shenanigans.