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Glistening Haven: A Dystopian Thriller [Kindle Edition]

Jill Cooper
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Breathtaking and mind-blowing dystopian thriller, a must-read for all Veronica Roth's fans.-- Sarah in Bookland"

Susan Monroe doesn't ask for much: good grades from her children, a house with room for a pool, to be the best Tupperware party host in New Haven 56.

But inside her tranquil 1950s styled community, a monster lurks. A monster that lives inside Susan, and every one of her superficially perfect neighbors, held in check by the oppressive police state that rules over them.

Susan's happy life is torn apart when her teenage son goes missing the same night an explosion rips apart the community. Susan knows it’s only a matter of time before the police start breaking down their doors.

Before the reconditioning begins and Susan's identity is lost, she must do one final thing.

Find her son.

A sexy dystopian novel, The Glistening Haven is set in the future where society's attempt for beauty and perfection nearly destroyed it. Murder, sex, duplicity and drama, join us in the world of New Haven 56.

Coming soon, book two:

Glistening Rebellion (Winter 2013)


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"Breathtaking and mind-blowing dystopian thriller, a must-read for all Veronica Roth's fans.-- Sarah in Bookland"

From the Author

A sexy dystopian novel, The Glistening Haven is set in the future where society's attempt for beauty and perfection nearly destroyed it. Murder, sex, duplicity and drama, join us in the world of New Haven 56.

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  • File Size: 541 KB
  • Print Length: 410 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A9ZZARY
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I had forgotten what it was about when I started it, I had read the blurb back when I signed up for the tour, and knew I wanted to read it, and that's all I remembered. Well, its turned out to be an excellent book. It is dystopian but with a thriller and a bit of paranormal vibe to it. It's a great mix, with great suspense. I really was sucked into this strange world that Jill Cooper created.

I won't get into too many details, will keep this spoiler free for you.
The writing is top notch; Jill really spins the tale in an exciting and believable way. I found some of the glistenings actions out right funny, the whole wearing poodle skirts, and watching Leave it to Beaver (and similar shows, think Happy Days, things from the 50's and 60's)

The glistening people (well, when in human form) are still a bit confusing to me, but I understood enough to enjoy it. Seems they are another type of species now, I guess, but used to be human. Anyway, after they had a massive rage, and killed (and eat) humans, the humans fought back, gathered them all up, and "reconditioned" them and stuck them in a bubble city (think Trumen Show movie) they are basically prisoners, but in a Leave it to Beaver world in their bubble. Well things get pretty exciting with some mix of the species, some murder, and more. I wont get into that, but it gets you hooked and wanting to know what happens next.

I did have to get myself adjusted to the different writing style. Its in the 3rd person, and does go from many different characters point of view, but its done well. I was not really sure who the main character was, as it was so even between several.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Riveting December 27, 2012
By Carrie
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed this story and was able to connect to both the main characters and the secondary characters. Instead of telling the complete background for the story, the author dropped crumbs throughout the plot. It worked because I couldn't stop reading! She really did a good job and it all came together in the end. I especially liked the twists and turns she added and I was surprised by more than one twist. If she writes a sequel I would definitely buy it!
I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PHENOM-ENAL! November 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I won this book in a giveaway!

Holy Metro Batman!

I don't know who or where to start!!!

Okay, Jenna is crazy cool and chases after Glistenings - who by the way are freaky and yet so normal. I kind of want to be one - does that make me wierd? Jenna's story has more twists than a cinnamon churro.

Then there's Wendy. Poor kid just wants to love who she wants to love. I have a love/hate relationship with Romeo and Juliet situations - hate that they happen, but love to watch them play out.

Megan and Susan - both have a jacked up situation and just want to be good moms and keep their tempers in check.

And Jake, Dirk, and Jeff - all three are men who love women they may or may not have in the end.

I can't say too much more about this book and the plot without spoilers. This book has so many twists and layers I literally couldn't put it down even to feed my kids. I made Mac&Cheese for two days. Poor them, yay me!

This is one of those rare times I can't wait for the second book in this series. This author captures so many fundamentals in the plot and creates this world so perfectly, I'm a little wary of every putting on makeup again.

Read it. You'll be glad you did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Glistning Story Line December 7, 2012
By nhjay
Format:Paperback
They're monsters! Or are they?

Glistening Haven has some fantastic twists. One of the best parts of this book is that while it appears pretty early on who the good and bad guys are, you soon find yourself wondering just which side you're routing for.

The story is very well written, one of those books that you find yourself finally looking up at the clock and realizing its much later than you were planning on but you just couldn't put the book down as you need to see what was happening next.

I love Jenna Morgan's character. Reading her parts as she chased after Glistenings reminded me a lot of the kick ass 80's action movie hero. While tough as nails, there's more to her under her skin and you can't help but read on to find out what really makes her tick.

Of course there's the Glistenings, the monsters. But can you really call someone a monster when all they want to do is protect a family? Hell hath no fury like a mother scorned.

A fantastic read, very well devised plot, having me waiting for the sequel.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Different World February 2, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
What a different world Glistening Haven was! There were humans and glistenings living together in a controlled world of domes referred to as Havens. Our story begins in Haven 56. After the world survived the great beauty years, (our time), things went amok and the glistenings ate the celebrities of Hollywood. Once they were rounded up, had their wings clipped and their minds reconditioned, they were placed in the domed havens to live out productive lives if not predictable lives. Life for the Glistenings was very controlled and everyone was docile if not happy.

Quite a story.....running along the same old sins humanity has always faced....distinction between races, cultures, obsession with perfection and beauty and government in control. I'm uncertain whether this is a stand alone book or if there will be more to follow, but there is certainly room for the story to be further developed. I read the story and was engrossed in it, you feel the relationships between family members, and I grew to love the the humans and the glistenings. The book is jam packed with evil doers, innocents, heroes and action-adventure.

It was a read that encouraged the reader to think about the world created within the covers and how close real life has mirrored these conditions; how people throughout the ages have lived with these circumstances and how they have fared. I found this book quite interesting and unsettling to say the least--but in a good way. I felt challenged.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Glistening haven
This book has so many twist and turns, awesome characters and is written so well I don't even know where to begin. Read more
Published 2 months ago by mani
5.0 out of 5 stars Glistening Haven
Well-written and narrated fast-paced dystopian thriller with a paranormal twist. A new race is formed and society creates dome-like pods with perfection to contain and control... Read more
Published 2 months ago by zoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story with twists you don't expect!
I loved this book, Hollywood is no more, all the fake people gone. All diets, pills, plastic surgery, creme and any other alternations have result in monsters. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Niki. Mattes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great paranormal mystery
I always enjoy a good mystery, and this book is a great paranormal mystery. The plot is well thought out, with all the pieces falling into place at the end. Read more
Published 14 months ago by susanne leist, author of The Dead Game
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Good story, kept up the pace. Lots of typos as you get later in the text. Interesting enough to keep me reading to the end.
Published 21 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars I read dystopians all the time
this book was a typical dystopian but something about it got me. there was just a quick small little part that wasn't normal in these books that I liked.
Published 21 months ago by chouderross
4.0 out of 5 stars An exciting dystopian thriller!
Well-written, fast-paced dystopian thriller with a paranormal twist. A new race is formed and society creates dome-like pods with a 1950s flavor of perfection to contain and... Read more
Published 22 months ago by pmastne
4.0 out of 5 stars An Unbelievable Read
I was super excited to read this book. First the cover... Gorgeous... second... the synopsis... amazing... and last... Read more
Published on April 4, 2013 by JennRenee
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulously different dystopian! Hoping for a book two!
Ok, so with that synopsis I was thinking, Hell yeah! Dystopian!!! Once I started reading, I started noticing, wait, this is more than just your average Dystopian. Read more
Published on April 4, 2013 by Creating Serenity Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Dystopian Novel
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. Susan Monroe has a perfect family and a perfect life. She has two kids and a loving husband. Read more
Published on March 31, 2013 by Simone Lilly-Egerter
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More About the Author

I could write this in the third person. I could tell you what I like, where I was born, and what my favorite things are.

But instead, I'll say I don't want to write like everyone else. I don't want to craft stories you've read a thousand times before. I want my novels to be a cinematic experience, blending themes, genres, and situations unlike any you've ever read.

I want to break the rules. I want you to break out in a cold sweat as you read my books out of fear, love, and excitement. I want my books to be an experience. When you finish, I want you to feel something. Good or bad.

If you do, then I'll have succeeded. If not, I'll keep trying.

She can be contacted at http://www.jillacooper.com and please like her to keep up to date: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jill-Cooper/319251368110396

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