Gated 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 terrorist attacks Pioneer

  • Title: Gated
  • Author: Amy Christine Parker
  • ISBN: 9780449815977
  • Page: 399
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 gaA 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 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.

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    1. I don't know what I was expecting from Gated. My first bet was on zombies but, if not that, my second guess was Mormons. Turns out I was wrong! This is a book that starts mild and entertaining. It paints you a picture of the protagonist - Lyla - and introduces the reader to her life which, though strange, seems peaceful and pleasant. But then, like a hidden monster crouching beneath the surface, the dark creepiness starts to be unveiled to us. The community where Lyla lives might not be the sanc [...]

    2. No spoilersJonestown. Heaven's Gate. Warren Jeffs. Child brides. Cults. They're inherently fascinating to most of us.This was an excellent book, but it was not a light book, nor a happy book. Then again, one does not walk into Mordorstart reading a book about cults expecting to be merely entertained. We read books about such people, about such communities because they are morbidly riveting. The psychology behind them, the charisma of the leader, the type of people who would buy into---what is to [...]

    3. One of the best possible ways to read a book is to go in blind, having no clue what it's about. If you do, the plot twists are even more shocking, the revelations are unexpected and everything completely blind-sides you. It's a perfect literary ride. In this case, I read Gated's blurb and had a good idea what it was about, or, at least, I thought I did. Before I started reading this book, I actually thought it was a dystopian novel. The blurb immediately struck me as a story featuring a corrupt [...]

    4. This was a surprisingly good read! I've always had a strange fascination with cults; knowing there are people who have a persuasive power to such a degree is incredible. This book shows what it's like for kids who are raised in a cult community (which has happened), and how people - especially those broken by grief - can become brainwashed so thoroughly. After her sister got kidnapped when Lyla was only 5, her mother became withdrawn, emotionally crippled by this emptiness which made her the per [...]

    5. Für mich war dieses Buch leider eine Enttäuschung! Es dreht sich hierbei alles um eine Sekte,- eine Thematik, die ich normalerweise schon von vornherein spannend und interessant finde. Allerdings wirkt die Umsetzung auf mich wie gewollt & nicht richtig gekonnt. Leider war die Story für mich nichts neues und dadurch ziemlich vorhersehbar. Ich habe sehr darauf gehofft, dass die Autorin irgendwann die Kurve kriegt und die Geschichte um Layla & Co eine spannende Wendung bekommt Fehlanzei [...]

    6. 4 STARS"The world can be a pretty scary place to live. It's a lot less scary when there isn't so much of it open to you."I remember borrowing Salvation and Suicide: An Interpretation of Jim Jones, the Peoples Temple, and Jonestown from our school library when I was in grade school. Perhaps it was our librarian's underhanded efforts to caution us against joining cults and the lessons of the 70's in general (because seriously, what didn't happen in the 70s?) but that book has put me off anything g [...]

    7. 2.5Gated is the story of Lyla, who, along with her parents, goes to live in this gated community with other selected families all controlled by a man who calls himself Pioneer. Pioneer’s been telling them that the end of the world is coming and they are the chosen few who will survive, but they must be ready. They have no contact with the outside world except for the trips into the local town every once in awhile for supplies. Since she was young, Lyla has been brought up trained to protect th [...]

    8. Check out Scott Reads It! for reviews, giveaways, & more!Every now and then, I read a book--a book that opens my eyes to the world and helps me see the world in a different way. Gated is that book, the kind of book that's eye opening and just absolutely wonderful. Amy Christine Parker absolutely blew me away with Gated. Gated is an incredible, important novel that I think everyone needs to read at least once in their life because it's life-changing. Read Gated and your view of the world will [...]

    9. Despite my (somewhat jaded) assumption that Gated would be yet another dystomance - a hooky premise masking some generic love-triangle angst – favourable reviews convinced me to pick it up, and I’m glad I did. Although I’ll admit I gave an involuntary eye roll at first mention of Lyla’s “Intended” (here we go), my expectations turned out to be quite far off the mark. This is a solid contemporary novel about a teenage girl living in a sheltered community, separated from society and le [...]

    10. This review appears on Happy Indulgence - Check it out for more reviews! Have you ever wondered how people can just follow a cult leader into whatever crazy thoughts occur in his head? The Gated series explores Lyla’s time in the Community following the Pioneer, a cult leader who is preparing for the End.The scary thing about Gated, is that there are cults out there, especially those preparing for Rapture or the apocalypse to happen. I found it absolutely fascinating and also sickening, how th [...]

    11. I think I'll have much to look forward to from Amy Christine Parker in the future, because "Gated" was probably the first YA novel I've read that tackled the issue of cults in such a complex, illuminating and enthralling story. It especially stands out with its attention to the mentality behind the community that Lyla's a part of, and ultimately what comes to be as she realizes the illuminating truth of events from the outside world.The story takes a little time describing Lyla's background - th [...]

    12. Review originally posted at Bettering Me Up.Drats. Yet another book that tantalized me with a creepy cover and an intriguing premise, yet failed to deliver. It was a struggle to finish this book, and I thought of giving up several times. But I didn't want to start ARC August with a DNF! The main character, Lyla, was a whiny brat who was just so put-upon with the whole following-the-rules-of-the-community thing. And the whole bad-thing-that-happened-to-my-family-when-I-was-five-is-all-my-fault cl [...]

    13. Gated by Amy Christine Parker4.25 starsLyla’s life in Mandrodage Meadows always seemed perfect. Pioneer protected the people in the community and it seemed like nothing could ever go wrong. As the impending end is approaching, Lyla begins to question things and the meeting with an outsider leads Lyla to uncover secrets that will destroy them all. I wasn’t sure if I would like Gated. I went into it knowing that it was about cults, which have always fascinated me, but even I know that a subjec [...]

    14. Read This Review & More Like It On Ageless Pages Reviews!3.5 out of 5Gated is a pretty good, fairly solid and easy to read novel. It's not your typical YA book, though it does contain some of the tropes found in that age group (love triangles, love at first sight, etc.). It's got more than its fare share of action, especially as it nears the final few chapters but Parker relies on introspection, psychological thrills, and a slow build rather than a nonstop action-packed adventure to see her [...]

    15. This is one of those books that will make you uncomfortable from start to finish. In a good way.Meet Lyla, a 17-year old girl living in a secluded 'Community' in the present day United States. Lyla is one of the most unique YA characters that I've met to date. Slut-shaming? Nope. Mary-Sue attitude? Nope. In fact, I kind of wanted to be her friend. Lyla has been living in Mandrodage Meadows (anagram for Armageddon Meadows), a gated community led by tyhe charismatic Pioneer, since the September 11 [...]

    16. Read this review and others on my blogMy Friends Are FictionI haven't assigned a star rating to this title because I don't feel that I can do so.Electronic copy was given in exchange for an honest review.My Thoughts: I have never read anything about how life would be living in a cult. I thought the book description was intriguing; especially adding in the fear of end times. I couldn't help but think that reading about Lyla and her experiences would be entrancing and interesting in a psychologica [...]

    17. 3.5Wie vermutlich einige andere bin ich davon ausgegangen, dass es sich bei diesem Buch um eine bevorstehende Apokalypse/Dystopie handelt. Nun, das ist es nicht, aber dennoch fand ich das Thema des Buches sehr interessant, da es noch nicht sehr viel in dieser Richtung gibt. Ich habe nach den ersten Seiten schnell vermutet, was hier los ist und daher fand ich den Handlungsverlauf lange Zeit eher zäh. Es war nicht unbedingt langweilig, dafür war der Lesefluss zu schnell, aber es einfach nicht so [...]

    18. An interesting story with an intense ending, though I must admit, I would've probably enjoy it more if the first half wasn't so slow and uneventful. Nevertheless, this was quite a captivating read!

    19. Did Not FinishThe concept of the Pioneer is not a new one. I believe that same exact name was in The Host. I wish people could come up with more original ideas. I also didn’t like to learn that there was a society that saved a certain kind of people, while others were left to die. That too was like The Host. And everyone else would be killed by tsunamis and earthquakes and other natural disasters, for a reason that was not made clear. How can the Brethren be saved from this and others not? Any [...]

    20. annasalvatoresbuchblogspo- German review -Durch eine begeisterte Rezension bin über dieses Buch gestolpert. Da wir im Fach Religion gerade über Sekten geredet hatten, und mich das Thema interessierte, habe ich es nun auch gelesen - Und zwar an einem einzigen Tag.Cover/GestaltungGefällt mir sehr gut.Das Cover wirkt bedrohlich und leicht verzweifelt, und spiegelt irgendwie die Geschichte wieder - Wie das Mädchen alleine versucht, das Licht zu erreichen.Idee/HandlungDies war mein erstes Buch, d [...]

    21. This review and others are posted at Inspiring Insomnia.I've always been fascinated by cults, primarily because I can't understand what could possibly drive someone to seek some kind of purpose within such a group. I suppose there are as many reasons to join a cult as there are cult members in the world. In Gated, a family is drawn into a cult led by a named Pioneer shortly after they suffer the disappearance of one of their daughters. Pioneer preys on their grief and terror, gaining their trust [...]

    22. Ursprünglich war dieses Buch ein absoluter Coverkauf. Die Farben haben mich fasziniert und auch das Motiv an sich. Ganz schön creepy, diese gesichtslose Frau, vor allem, wenn sich herausstellt, dass es fast perfekt zur Geschichte passt. Wenn dann auch noch der Klappentext irgendwie interessant klingt, kann mich nichts mehr halten. Manchmal passiert das, muss ich ganz ehrlich gestehen. Was mich erwarten wird, wusste ich trotzdem nicht wirklich. Es klang zunächst erst mal nach Dystopie oder Apo [...]

    23. I was honestly expecting a lot more from this. Maybe it's because I've watched and read a lot of articles and documentaries about cults and religious groups that I was expecting a lot more. Especially from Lyla, I was hoping that over time, her character would change, not already be changing. Amy Christine Parker does a fine job pushing the limits, showing readers what the inside of a cult might look like but I felt like she could have pushed it more and made it moredarker? Sinister? Sadistic? S [...]

    24. Gated starts out right away by showing the main character Lyla is different. In the world of Silo, the community in this book, they are having target practice with cardboard cutouts and Lyla doesn't want to go for kill shots head or chest, but she can't even do that, she sees them as real people. She is also questioning the Brethren or who they believe are their creators and the world is about to end, and only a select few, The Chosen, in Silo will survive. Their leader, Pioneer is charismatic a [...]

    25. Mandodrage Meadows. Mandodrage Meadows is the name of the community that the "chosen" people in Gated live in but it's not just any community. Mandodrage is actually an anagram for Armageddon. Congrats to YouKneek &  Passionate About Books for guessing correctly!! : ) After 9/11, Pioneer, the leader of the community & "prophet", chose families (hence the "chosen"), to come and live in this secluded community to escape the evils of the outside world and prepare for the end of the world [...]

    26. The premise alone gives me the creeps. I've never read anything about these types of cults before so I was apprehensive at first.I needn't have worried. I loved it. I blew through the book, and my anxiety levels skyrocketed when the climax hit. There's a slow build up, which is nice because it lets you become familiar with the characters, their history, and how their community came to be. This is all important information to truly understand these characters and their choices.Pioneer is one of t [...]

    27. Seriously, why the fuck does this have a sequel? Ugh. THIS WAS FINE AS A STANDALONE.Hmmm. Well, Gated. So I read it. The reviews have been really solid across the board so far, and I can totally see why that’s the case. I do feel like Gated is a good book, but I never got really sucked into it for reasons I’ll delve into later. Ultimately, though entertaining, I think Gated could have delved a bit deeper and darker into not just the end but the brainwashing aspect.Read the full review at A R [...]

    28. I've always been fascinated by cults, and the concept of a novel told from the perspective of a young cult member made me embarrassingly excited to read this book. Thankfully GATED didn't just live up to my high expectations--it completely blew them out of the water. GATED is a breathtaking, thrill-ride of a debut: smart, reassured, exciting, and romantic.

    29. Fascinating subject matter, fast-paced yet thought-provoking. There's a sequel, but this book still has a satisfying ending and feels like a complete story. I'll definitely be reading the next one!

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