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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (March 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312698712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312698713
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #826,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Established in 2020, Haven Hospital & Halls is the preeminent care facility for Terminals, children and teens with the Disease, which claims their bodies piece by piece until they can no longer survive. Highly monitored and isolated from the dangers of the world outside, Shiloh and her friends take their meds and do as they are told. When behavior aberrations among the usually docile Terminals begin to jog long-buried memories, Shiloh finally understands that Haven may not have their best interests in mind at all. Williams successfully employs an emotionally resonant first-person narrative to tell a story that is both horrific and uncomfortably plausible. While the world building feels frustratingly murky at times, the sparse writing effectively mirrors Shiloh’s ignorance and helps build empathy for her as a realistic, highly conflicted young adult. Teens well versed in speculative fiction will find familiar themes of personal choice and the ethical dilemmas surrounding its absence, and this short, gripping novel makes them accessible to a wide audience. Grades 9-12. --Summer Hayes

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"Deliciously enigmatic." —Kirkus Reviews

“The minute I read Carol Lynch Williams' The Haven, I knew I was in love with this book. First, it's a great story. Secondly, it touches on some important real-world issues going on right now.” —xoJane.com

 

"Williams successfully employs an emotionally resonant first-person narrative to tell a story that is both horrific and uncomfortably plausible....Gripping."  —Booklist

“With themes similar to Lowry’s The Giver and Farmer’s House of the Scorpion as well as Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, it’s still a compelling work in its own right—atmospheric, tense, and thought provoking. Shiloh’s voice is believable, and her poignant yearning for experience—once she stops taking the Tonic—and her musings on the meaning of life and what it means to be human will linger with readers for a long time.” —The Horn Book

“Williams’s futuristic world is a chilling one….readers will be caught up in piecing together the disturbing truth about the Haven and then seeing how the escape plan unfolds. Between ethical considerations and an ambiguous ending, this is sure to spark discussion.” —VOYA

 


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I felt like I was in The Haven while I was reading!
Caity Vic
With 224 pages, the ending is wrapped up quickly, almost too easily, and leaves questions behind.
Meghann @ Becoming Books
The writing was so beautiful and the characters were well developed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Kristin Anderson on May 27, 2014
Format: Hardcover
In the world of THE HAVEN by Carol Lynch Williams, there are two kinds of people: Terminals and Wholes.

The terminals live in places like The Haven, where teens are kept apart from the regular population because they are sick. Often they are taken away from daily (closely monitored) activities for tests. And sometimes they come back with amputations. Sometimes they don't come back at all.

Kept calm by the Tonic, most of Shiloh's friends don't remember much. And they're happier that way. The teachers keep an eye on everything, making sure that nobody is too upset, and making sure that the students who need more tonic get it. The Tonic isn't working on Shiloh, though. And even though she doesn't want to be, she's curious. When she meets another student -- a male -- who might have some answers for her, she can't help but risk everything to separate the reality from a worldview that is seeming more and more false.

THE HAVEN is a compelling, disturbing book. The teens in the story read books like Romeo and Juliet that have been censored and rewritten in order to perpetuate the rhetoric that is being fed to Shiloh and her peers. The teens' food is monitored. They are drugged. They feel sick when coming in contact with the opposite sex. Because it's wrong. Even developing friendships is wrong. Shiloh's world is twisted and intriguing. And Carol Lynch Williams' story will leave you with a sour taste in your mouth. But that's kind of the point. THE HAVEN is an uncomfortable book to read. But it's a really fantastic read. Fans of recent dystopians like DIVERGENT and classics like A BRAVE NEW WORLD will surely be intrigued by this recent addition to the genre.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Booklover13 on March 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This book was amazing! The storyline was different than you'd expect in a very good way. The writing was so beautiful and the characters were well developed.

Just like all of WIlliams' novels, this one blew me away. I hope she writes a sequel!
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a dark, yet beautifully written story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather's Book Chatter on March 18, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The Haven was a quick and captivating read. The premise was horrifying and there was plenty of dread as Shiloh starts to find out the secrets surrounding her stay at the hospital. I can’t say what she discovers without revealing major spoilers, but the book picked up a lot after Shiloh learns what’s really going on at The Haven.

Shiloh is definitely a character that grew on me and I liked her much more after the plot twist. The romance with Gideon is sweet and slow building and they had an awkward cuteness about them. The romance took a backseat to the plot as Shiloh and Gideon start fearing for their lives.

The villains were creepy and I liked never knowing who the good or bad guys were. A few scenes in the medical ward made me think the book would be such a scary horror movie. The descriptions were gruesome and left me squeamish at times.

The world building was definitely confusing at first. It worked because Shiloh is confused and she has a hard time keeping track of time. Half the time Shiloh seemed barely lucid, so I was stumped over why she was needed by the rebellion for her supposed good memory. After the twist, I had a ton of questions and I was a little disappointed that they were never addressed. The ending was also very open ended and I’m hoping there are plans for a sequel.

Overall, The Haven is an interesting book with plenty of potential. I have heard of a few books with similar plots, but this was the first one I read. The book is a good choice for YA fans who want a mysterious and creepy read.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Thanks to the publisher for a copy of the novel for review!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lu Ann Staheli on May 5, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Haven Hospital and Halls has a secret, and for some reason Shiloh and Gideon are different from all the other children who live there. Since the Haven was established in 2020, the rules must be followed to keep everyone healthy, but why are so many of them missing body parts? And why do some of them simply disappear? Perfect for fans of Neal Shusterman's Unwind series and Nancy Farmer's The House of Scorpion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Darlene Cruz on April 18, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Entertaining, disgust mixed with heartfelt emotions. Started a bit confused, slowly the story build, my curiosity took a hold of me. I wanted to know, "Why Shiloh?" "Why the absence of emotions?" Always, "why?" The author's writing caused me to get anxious to a point I wanted to skip ahead, but I know BETTER! I needed to know the answer to that dreadful word again, "WHY?" and I reached the end of the book. I knew where the story was heading, NO THAT WAS A BIG FAT LIE! I was surprised. How the author manipulated the characters made this a worthwhile book to read. This is an, "Aw.....Shucks kind of book." Just saying! Oh, one more thing Shiloh's mind bantering caused me to silently say, 'ENOUGH.' Won this book on Goodreads, First Read Giveaway." Thank you, Darlene Cruz
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caity Vic on April 14, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This book was such a fun read. Different than a lot of books and that's what I liked about it. The writing was amazing. I felt like I was in The Haven while I was reading!
I will recommend this to all my friends and to my book club!
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