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This story gripped me from the start and still held my interest right up until the end. I usually get to read on my way to and from work which is around a half hour to forty minutes on the bus either way, so I found myself looking forward to getting to and from work more than usual.
Twig is a character you find easy to like from the get go and you definitely come to understand her Mum, Avery's, actions and behaviour more as the story develops.
I would have liked a little more on the background of the Leader, Adam. I wasn't outright disappointed, more just curious and wanted more of the story.
I can see where some readers where coming from when they said they felt like the story wrapped up a little too quickly, although I can also see how dragging the last section out more could have grown tedious also.
The ending was very abrupt and definitely left you with questions and wanting more so I would absolutely LOVE a sequel to this novel. However it is still a good read in my opinion. If a book can leave you wanting more, it's always worth it!
Many of the other characters (with the possible exception of Twig's mother) exist mainly as devices to either help or hurt Twig as she discovers the truth about her insulated world -- the plotline that drives the second half of the book, Twig's meeting with an outsider and his friendly, vivacious family -- seems particularly pat. The novel culminates in a open-ended climax that is narratively truthful but which also leaves the reader wanting answers.
All that said, this is a sensitive look at the issue of cults that YA-age readers will find frank and compelling.
The leader, Adam, was so believable in his manipulative cruelty. He brought to mind so many terrible people from history in the way that he totally deceived and programmed these people to have faith in nothing but him. The most difficult part of the book for me was finding ANY compassion for Twig's mother, Avery. Even after she finally admits her backstory to Twig later in the book, I still found myself shaking my head and wanting to scream at her for involving her innocent daughter in her own foolish decisions. I understand that the victims of these organizations are totally snowed over and have no idea what they are really getting into, but it just seemed so irresponsible to involve anyone but herself. Sadly, though, I'm sure this happens much too often.
This book kept me biting my nails up until the very end. Definitely worth a read!
There are plenty of plot twists to keep you engaged, making The Family a thought-provoking and enjoyable read.