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Astray (Gated Sequel) Hardcover – August 26, 2014
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“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
“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.”
“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)
Top Customer Reviews
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?Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Lyla has been staying with Cody’s family since the raid on Mandrodage Meadows and although Pioneer is behind bars and she’s not with the Community anymore, she still doesn’t feel free. Pioneer still haunts her, and even behind bars, he will do everything he can to make sure Lyla comes back into the folds of the Community.
Like I said in my review of Gated, Lyla is such a strong character, and that strength doesn’t waver in this installment either. Sure, she may feel a little lost and like she doesn’t belong on one side or the other, but it takes strength to keep on fighting and that’s exactly what Lyla does. Pioneer may want her back and he may have the resources that he needs to get his way, but like so many, he underestimates Lyla’s strength.
Cody is another one of my favorite characters in these books. He’s just so caring, sweet and he has such a big heart. With everything that Lyla is going through, he’s her rock and if he wasn’t there for her, I’m not sure what would happen.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amy Christine Parker is such a talented author! I absolutely loved both Gated and Astray. The story moved at a great pace and kept me engaged the entire time! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Katherine Harrison
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Why. Just why. Gated was a fantastic book, especially for someone as obsessed with cults and learning about them as me. Read more
Astray by Amy Christine Parker is an excellent sequel! I love the references to books and movies, very fun! Read morePublished 19 months ago by LynnDell P. Watson
This is a wonderful piece of writing. I totally enjoyed it. I ended up reading it before the first (Gated) and yet it was quite satisfying and well-witten.Published 21 months ago by Lydia E. Harris
Great read! Proud to say I've known Amy since she was a young girl. Loved Gated and thought Amy out did herself with Astray. I look forward to Amy's next book. @amychristineparPublished 21 months ago by Debbie Armstrong
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