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Gated Hardcover – Abridged, August 6, 2013
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Gated hits the reader hard with a story that is extremely poignant and thought-provoking. Most books, in my opinion, don't portray good or evil in the correct way at all. So many books show good and evil in a black and white way where a person is all good or all evil. Not only is that not realistic, it's extremely irritating to read. Amy Christine Parker expresses in Gated how thin the blurred line is between good and evil; how we all have a little both of good and evil in us.
The characters in Gated are extremely realistic and they are just the type of conflicted characters that I seem to love. Pioneer is the kind of character that you will never quite be able to decipher because there are just so many layers to him. Does he actually believe he's following divine orders? Does he truly believe what he's doing is right? He's one of the best characters I've ever seen written and there is just so much to his character. Lyla is also a character that was executed perfectly throughout the novel. Her transition from being a naive person to someone who is strong-headed and strong. Lyla's character really made me question whether "Ignorance is bliss"or if the old adage is a bunch of drivel. Is hiding from the evil in the world any good? Is there evil everywhere?Read more ›
Pioneer's cult following borders on insane, but it's this manic totalitarian state that readers come to sympathize with once taking a glimpse at what goes on within the gates of Mandrodage Meadows. Most people would have difficulty imagining why such a group would ever form and how it could ever work at all (The Manson Family or People's Temple, anyone?), but from the inside looking out, it definitely makes sense. The perspective is unique, expertly crafted, and constantly exciting because as outsiders looking in, we never know what to expect.
I personally loved Lyla's exclusive, imaginative viewpoint, and found Gated fast-paced and eventful. While it isn't at all that stylistically or structurally imposing, the plot is unpredictable and definitely made me gasp and double-take throughout.
While it does have a more juvenile tone to it, Gated is overall very disturbing with its grave scenes. It may read like middle-grade fiction, but I would categorize it as YA just because of its grittier content. This is serious stuff, nothing what you'd want if you're in for a fun, light read. I did, however, find it to be a perfect escape; Parker builds the Community's world so beautifully that at times, I swear I'd lived in it.
Lyla is the kind of girl who can't let go of the small things, and this is what makes her the first to wander from Pioneer's rule--which, in his book, can't ever happen.Read more ›
In Madrodage Meadows nothing is what it seems. This small cluster of people have created a special community. One with gates.
When the 9/11 terrorist attacks first happened, a group of people fled the evil of the world and were 'saved'. Under the careful tutelage of their leader Pioneer, the community has thrived.
Like Noah before him, Pioneer has been told of the imminent destruction of humanity. They are the chosen and anyone not apart of the community is the unchosen. He says they must train to fight anyone trying to seek refuge in the compound's underground fortress.
On any given day, Lyla would rather be painting than going to target practice. And lately she'd rather think about a certain boy outside the compound than plan for married life in the compound. But when Pioneer says to do something, everyone complies. Anything for the community. With the end of days drawing near, she will have to pick up a gun, take a side, and let everyone know where she stands.
The beginning of this book starts off rather slow and takes some time to get into. Once you get past this initial section though the pacing flows more smoothly. Gated is a great book if this is your first cult novel. However, if you're a more seasoned reader then you might find it on the lighter side.
I really wish Gated would have delved more deeply into the psychological aspects of the inner workings of cults. As soon as it got to a really good point, the plot seemed to divert away from the darker side. There were a few good bits every now and then, but for me it really skimmed the surface. I think that if the characters had been more thoroughly developed, the reader would get a better understanding of their actions.Read more ›
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From the pre-publication notices, I somehow got the idea that Gated was science fiction, a post-apocalyptic novel about a cult that turned out to be right about the end of the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joshua David Bellin
If you've ever read about a cult and thought "how could people be so gullible/stupid to buy into that crap?", reading this book will chill you to the bones. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Beth Wade
As far as YA Thrillers go, this was one of the much better ones I've read. It kept me up late, late into the night (when I totally should have been sleeping) turning pages. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Donna Noble
This book started with an interesting concept- 20 or so "chosen" families gather in a community to prepare for the impending Armageddon. Read more
This book was written very nicely but... it is a bit disturbing and I am not sure if I would recommend this much violence to a middle schooler. Definitely high school or higher.Published 6 months ago by Addie Ruth
When I saw this book at the library, I thought the description sounded intriguing: a religious cult member from childhood starts to see through the lies of her prophet,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Stephanie P.
I loved Gated! The story began a little slowly but then it really got going. The idea is something I've never seen done in the YA genre and I really enjoyed how Amy Christine... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Katherine Harrison
Can I just say right in the first sentence of this review that this book is AWESOME? Okay, glad that I got that out of the way. Trust me, it will come up again later. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Krystianna Straley
Plausible story that imagines a cult similar to the Branch Dividians, giving readers a place inside the compound. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Heather Davis