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It Stands Out: Gated by Amy Christine Parker

Hiya!

I hope your week is going well bookish friends! Today we’re going to talk about Gated by Amy Christine Parker, a book I read back in September. I’m doing a little bit of catch up (not with all of the books I’ve read, but a few that stand out to me).

Overview

In the Community, life seems perfect. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Pioneer invited Lyla’s family to join Gated by Amy Christine Parkerhis group and escape the evil in the world. They were happy to be chosen, happy to move away from New York and start over in such an idyllic gated community. Now seventeen, Lyla knows that Pioneer is more than just their charismatic leader, he is their prophet . . . but his visions have grown dark.
Lyla is a loyal member of the Community, but a chance encounter with an outsider boy has her questioning Pioneer, the Community—everything. And if there’s one thing not allowed in the Community, it’s doubt. Her family and friends are certain in their belief. Lyla wishes she could feel the same. As Pioneer begins to manipulate his flock toward disaster, the question remains: Will Lyla follow them over the edge? From the outside looking in, it’s hard to understand why anyone would join a cult. But Gated tells the story of the Community from the inside looking out, and from behind the gates things are not quite so simple.

My Thoughts

Let’s be honest here. What other dystopian novel out there today deals with the idea of religious cults? Not too many! Gated, although not most well written book out there is pretty unique and stands out amid the multitude of YA dystopian titles out there.

As I said, the writing had flaws. Lyla, our main character, was a little confusing at times. We see her struggling with and questioning the world she knows but don’t really understand why she is different from her friends in this. Our villain is pretty obvious from the beginning, so no real surprises there, although I am interested in knowing more about this character and the motivation behind it all. There is some major instalove and the plot doesn’t stray much from what we assume will happen.

Despite all of this I was riveted to Gated – completely unable to put it down! Most popular dystopian fiction worlds are very different to what we know in our real world today, but Parker places her story in the decade following 9/11 allowing us to imagine this sub culture within our contemporary world. Plus, cults and why people join/stay in them are inherently fascinating topics! Overall, the story moves quickly forcing you to keep reading “just one more chapter!”, and I’m pretty sure I read it in about two days.

Recommended For

Despite its flaws, those interested in a unique take to the dystopian fiction genre will enjoy Gated. I believe that it works for a wide range of readers because of its distinct plot, fast pace, and psychological thriller ambiance (so go ahead middle grades, high school and older readers!).

Details

Author: Amy Christine Parker
Publisher: Random House Book for Young Readers (August 6, 2013)
Format: Hardcover
Length: 352 pages
Series: First in a series
YA/MG: Both

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Reading Queue: October

The Reading Queue

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August New Releases

Hi there!

Whoa! Can you believe it’s almost August already?!

In about two weeks I’ll be starting up the school year at my new school!

Well, each month tons of new books are born! I always like to check out what’s new so let’s take a look at twelve new releases for August that caught my eye.

Gated by Amy Christine ParkerGated by Amy Christine Parker (Aug. 6) YA

Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett by Tom AnglebergerThe Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppet by Tom Angleberger (Aug. 6) MG

The Enchantress Returns by Christ Colfer

The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer (Aug. 6) MG

North of Nowhere by Liz KesslerNorth of Nowhere by Liz Kessler (Aug. 6) MG

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve TucholkeBetween the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke (Aug. 15) YA

Fire with Fire by Jenny Han Sibohan VivianFire with Fire by Jenny Han & Sibohan Vivian (Aug. 13) YA

The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle (Aug. 20) YA

Sure Signs of Crazy by Karen HarringtonSure Signs of Crazy by Karen Harrington (Aug. 20) MG

My Totally Awkward Supernatural Crush by Laura Toffler-CorrieMy Totally Awkward Supernatural Crush by Laura Toffler-Corrie (Aug. 20) MG/YA

The Crown of Midnight by Sarah J MaasThe Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (Aug. 27) YA

The Bitter Kingdom by Rae CarsonThe Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson (Aug. 27) YA

The Lost Kingdom by Matthew J KirbyThe Lost Kingdom by Matthew J. Kirby (Aug. 27) MG