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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (August 26, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449816028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449816028
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up—Lyla thought her nightmare was over when she shot Pioneer after she witnessed him murder her best friend. She thought Pioneer was dead and that everyone would see the truth: he was a deceitful monster, and the cult leaders known as the Brethren were a lie. She was wrong. Pioneer miraculously survived the bullets Lyla directed into his chest, which only made the Community's faith in him stronger and more dangerous. Lyla lives with her new boyfriend, Cody, and his family while she waits to testify against the cult leader. Her parents and the rest of the Community have been relocated to a trailer park, and the teens—Lyla's former friends—have been ordered to attend the local high school. Lyla is desperate for some semblance of normalcy, but her new and old life pull at her, and she finds that she belongs nowhere. The people of the town are reluctant to accept her or the cult members into their midst, and the Community refuses to let go of their belief that the end of the world is coming, and they will do anything to prove their loyalty to Pioneer. The Community's desperation and the town's vitriol are a deadly combination, and even from his jail cell Pioneer orchestrates a plan to bring Lyla back into the fold. This book requires some suspension of disbelief, but once that happens, it's a thrilling page-turner that will keep even the most reluctant readers engaged until the end. Lyla is a sympathetic character, and Cody and his family are kind but realistically wrestle with what it means to accept a former cult member into their midst. A suspenseful and worthy follow-up to Gated (Random, 2013).—Heather M. Campbell, formerly at Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO


Praise for Gated:
A tense psychological thriller that will leave you gasping for breath.”
—Gretchen McNeil, author of Ten
“An awesome, creepy book that reminds me of my favorite cult films while still being surprising.”
Compelling. . . . This absorbing examination of a cult focuses on a teenage girl who begins to doubt their leader.”
Kirkus Reviews, Starred

“Entertaining throughout.”

“After the last page is turned, the question will linger: ‘Could I ever be deceived like this?’
“I highly recommend Gated to fans of contemporary fiction with a twist. This one has a bit of everything—mystery, intense action, real life issues, and romance.”
My Book Addiction (blog)
“Highly recommended for fans of YA thrillers and contemporary fiction.”
A Dream Within a Dream (blog)
“Every once in a while a book comes along that leaves you reeling. Speechless. Shocked. Nothing you say will do it justice. Gated is that book. Chilling, horrifying, but beautiful. A MUST read.
“Action-packed and full of suspense. . . . It’s new and fresh, a step away from everything that’s out there right now.”
Me, My Shelf, and I (blog)
“A complex, intriguing tale rooted in real-world events.”
Publishers Weekly
Mysterious, entrancing and dark, Gated brings in just the right amount of paced storytelling with the edge-of-your-reading-seats sense of suspense.”
“An absolutely enrapturing book . . . I couldn’t put it down.
In Libris Veritas (blog)
“An entertaining and unique entry in a sea of generic YA novels.”
Fiction Frenzy (blog)
“If you need a summer thriller read with a smartly woven plot and a lamb-to-lion main character, then this book is for you.”
Great Imaginations (blog)
“An absolutely fascinating read with an original concept and an absolutely brilliant villain! Different with just the right touch of chilling.
Fiction Freak (blog)

More About the Author

AMY CHRISTINE PARKER writes full-time from her home near Tampa, Florida, where she lives with her husband, their two daughters, and one ridiculously fat cat. Visit her at and follow her on Twitter @amychristinepar.

Customer Reviews

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I look forward to your next book.
Amy Christine Parker will have readers imagining themselves cast into Lyla's shoes as she tries to discern what world is right for her.
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By the end of the book, my heart was racing as I was flipping through the pages until the very end.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shane on August 30, 2014
Format: Hardcover
When I saw that Ms. Parker was releasing a continuation to Lyla's story, I just had to read it. Gated was my first experience with such a plot about a closed off, cult-like community basically led by a lunatic, and I was very intrigued as to what would happen to the members once their lives had been interrupted and their leader taken away. I wanted to know if they would have a change of heart and come to the realization that Pioneer was only brainwashing them.

Astray gave me an eye-opening. It's certainly not easy to leave all you've believed in for so many years behind. The community members were as devoted as ever, and they kept trying to lure Lyla back to them. Throughout the book, it was a struggle for Lyla to try and figure out her place; where she belonged, were her beliefs wrong, and if she made a mistake. There were times I grew frustrated with her for doubting all that she'd done in the first book and for thinking that maybe things should have stayed the way they were. Then I had to remind myself that Lyla needs time to sort out her life. It takes years for people like her and the other members of the community to really let go of all that they were fed by Pioneer.

I must point out that the majority of the book dealt with Lyla fitting in, as well as how the Outsiders react to the community. So it was a little slow building to what would happen in this continuation. Pioneer is in jail for his crimes and is awaiting trial, but not without getting members of the community to torment Lyla. Interesting, how he still had so much power over them to even convince them to prove their faith to him.
I wanted to cry when Lyla took the risk and ended up going back and they made her prove herself as well.
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Astray is the perfect sequel for Gated. The story starts with Lyla once again, showing us what's new for her, and picking up right where Gated finished. But if you have read Gated a while ago and would need to read it again to refresh your memory, Amy starts explaining a little bit about the essentials to keep track of everything.

I truly enjoyed Astray because it gives the reader the chance to see inside a cult and how difficult it is to simply cut ties with them. Trying to get out, is difficult for Lyla and in Astray we get to see how lost Lyla is in this new world while dealing with Pioneer and the Community who won't release Lyla as easily as we might've thought.
The author wrote a strong character that the reader can easily like and/or feel related to, although being in a cult is not the reader's situation. Amy Christine also had the ability to keep that mysterious touch in her second book and I was not disappointed with the twists of the story. Some of them unexpected to me.

I think that this book is more than a YA story. It's an inside, with a fictional touch, to a cult like Lyla's and that sometimes is really difficult to just leave something like that. I highly recommend this series and I will keep an eye on the author's future work.
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Format: Hardcover
Astray, the sequel to Gated, was, in many ways, even more intense and riveting than the first novel. I enjoyed Gated quite a lot, but ultimately, Astray has made an even bigger impression on me. Parts of it were creepy (even downright bone-chilling), other parts really sad and gut-wrenching, and I think it is safe to say that if you read and enjoyed Gated, you should be ordering your copy of Astray ASAP, for it is a beautifully plotted, emotionally gutting gem of a psychological thriller.

One month has passed since the fatal events of Pioneer's "End of the World" and Layla is still dealing with the psychological aftermath of it all. The fear and anxiety are deeply rooted in her soul and she still wakes up screaming, expecting to be dragged away and locked in an underground bunker. Worst of all, she feels lost, confused and completely out of place in the "outside world", still struggling to make sense of everything that happened and second guessing herself. (I don’t know what’s worse, the fact that Past Me was nodding right along with everyone else … or the fact that Present Me still has an inexplicable urge to. My brain feels like it’s split in half and Past Me and Present Me haven’t decided who’s in charge yet.) While she's trying to recover and start a new life, Layla is staying with Cody and his family, separated (temporarily) from her own parents who are still unable to see reason and accept that Pioneer is not, in fact, a messiah, but a violent, twisted, manipulative, power-greedy murderer.

"I am a miracle. I am the messiah. After seeing what I’ve survived, how could you possibly believe otherwise?
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