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The Haven: A Novel Hardcover – March 4, 2014

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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


Product details

  • Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin; First edition (March 4, 2014)
  • Language: : English
  • Hardcover : 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0312698712
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0312698713
  • Reading age : 13 - 18 years
  • Lexile measure : HL430L
  • Grade level : 7 - 9
  • Item Weight : 11 ounces
  • Dimensions : 6.09 x 0.86 x 8.5 inches
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