Monday, June 30, 2014

Gated (Gated, #1)

 Gated (Gated, #1)

Author: Amy Christine Parker
Series: Gated, #1
Pages: 339
Challenge: Goodreads Challenge 2014, 2014 Book Bingo Challenge
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Acquired: Library
Rating: ★★★


Goodreads Summary:

A fast-paced, nerve-fraying contemporary thriller that questions loyalties and twists truths.

Appearances can be deceiving.

In the Community, life seems perfect. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Pioneer invited Lyla’s family to join his 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. Amy Christine Parker’s beautiful writing creates a chilling, utterly unique YA story. Perfect for fans of creepy thrillers and contemporary fiction alike.


 My Thoughts:

Gated follows Lyla and her life in her more than average community. Led by their leader, Pioneer, Lyla, her family, and a cluster of more families have come to believe that they are the chosen and have secluded themselves away from others to prepare for the apocalypse. They are preparing for the end that the Brethren have concluded is upon them. Near the last couple weeks, Lyla meets a boy from the outside and soon starts to question everything Pioneer has been telling everyone for the last few years. But will anyone doubt Pioneer and believe Lyla after all that they have been through?

Lyla is a weak girl that is set in her beliefs and is slightly struggling with her lifestyle and training. Overtime she becomes stronger and proves to be an extremely important factor in the survival of her community.

As a reader the book was good and interesting even though I could not connect very well with the characters since this book is more plot-driven than character-driven. But the problems the characters faced where believable especially with the cult aspect which made the story more interesting.

I would say this book was different than what I expected. When I first saw it I thought it would be more of a paranormal book of sorts but its everything but. It was thrilling, suspenseful, and psychological. My favorite scene was when Lyla and her friends sneak out for the night and what happens after. I liked the scene of when everyone went into the Silo, that started the events into the climax of the book. I least liked Pioneer's character. He was overall extremely creepy and slightly scary with what he was capable of.

With the ending, I was left satisfied. In my opinion there wasn't really a cliffhanger for the next book and it could have actually been a standalone in my eyes, but nonetheless I will check out the second installment when it comes out later this year.

As far as ratings go... the cover gets a 6/10 and the overall story gets 4/5. I would recommend this to those looking for a psychological thriller with a bit of suspense and an interesting climax and ending. The plot was different than what I've read recently with it being a small break from the dystopian and paranormal reads out now.


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