Throwback Thursday: Gated (Gated #1) by Amy Christine Parker

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5 out of 5 Stars

Gated by Amy Christine Parker 
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 6, 2013
Rating: 5 stars
Source: Purchased copy for review

Author's Description:

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.


Seeing Double In Neverland Review:

This story grabbed me from the moment I started reading this book, I couldn't stop and put it down. Amy has a way of making every page in a book interesting and flows so effortlessly. This story will grab a hold of you and suck you in. The book is really appealing in that it is easy to see how people can be comforted and convinced by this logic in times of distress! 

This book starts with Lyla a young girl playing outside with her sister. Lyla runs in her house, and while she is gone her sister is taken. This causes Lyla to feel great guilt and her family to never be the same. Her mother is affected the most and holds her daughters shoes and rubs them when she stresses. Time goes by and they give up hope and then Pioneer comes and offers to help them search for her. He also offers them a place where they can live seeing dangers coming and prepare for ways to protect their family. 

Lyla loves it when she moves and gets to the new place that Pioneer has helped their family find because her mom is now more relaxed. Lyla had not been able to play with children ever since her sisters disappearance and now her mom feels it is safe. Lyla has an instant friendship with a boy named Will, who becomes her best-friend! Will later is made her intended by Pioneer!

One day the community has visitors, and Lyla is surprised when a young handsome boy about her age is in the back of the police car. The police have come to talk to one of the adults and Pioneer asks Lyla if she will give the young boy Cody a tour of the Community. Lyla soon starts to realize that Cody isn't evil, but is nice, cute and she has butterflies every time she touches him. Lyla has to keep reminding herself that this is an outsider, and that she is intended to Will. When Cody leaves Lyla makes plans to meet him in town on her next supply run.

Pioneer has been prepping them for the end of the world. He tells them that god has chosen him to lead them through since they are pure ones and should be saved. He says that the world will be destroyed through natural disasters and the earths rotation changing. He has created a giant silo underground for all of them to go to and wants them to be prepared.

One night the four young couples decide to go out on a date and Pioneer decides no one is prepared and that their has to be consequences for those actions. Lyla soon starts to question and wonder if Pioneer is really chosen by god and if the world truly is going to end? What if it doesn't?

I don't want to give away anymore of the book. I will say that these vulnerable families are really out there, and this book shows how easy it was for someone to come in and take advantage of these families in this emotional state. There are places like this and I hope people take better care of those going through tragedies so they don't fall victim to a predator. I will say that I love Amy's writing so much and it flows so nice and every page kept my interest. I love how it felt like I was their living it with them, she did such a great job creating this world!!! I can't wait for book 2, Astray!!!

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