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Preview — The Haven by Carol Lynch Williams
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Jenni: Ok, Giselle, The Haven, what did you think?
Giselle: Well I'm going to admit that my 3 star rating surprised me because I almost DNFed this one during the first 30%. It was so full of typos and annoying capitalizations that I found SO ANNOYERZ. Like: "If they bother you, come to the Nurse’s Station for a change in your Tonic." It kept jarring me out of the story. Did you notice that? Maybe I was nitpicking because nothing was keeping my mind from roami...more
Haven't decided if this is going to be 1 or 1.5 stars.
This is one of those times where I get what the narrative was trying to do, but felt it didn't execute the idea very well. I know there are some people who are comparing this to another well-known adult novel that I'm not...more
Overall the storyline is predictable, but interesting enough to keep reading to confirm those suspicions. The main characters, Shiloh and Gideon, are likable but lack real depth and there's not enough background, feels or swoon to keep you emotionally attach...more
I think like the synopsis, this story did have a whole lot of promise, but in reality it just ended up feeling disjointed, confusing and a little disorienting.
The Disease was never fully explained nor was the world building anything I hoped...more
Quick & Dirty: This book was enjoyable and fast-paced but overall not my style.
Opening Sentence: They came during lunch.
In Haven Hospital, strange things are happening. When people are brought out of lunches, they come back without limbs. Every morning and night they drink a tonic. And everyone moves in slow, monotonous steps. But Shiloh is waking up, and the truth will be so horrible she might wish to be stupid and unknowing once again.
You're snuggling down, getting cozy, ready to start reading that new book that you are really excited about and are hoping for a really great experience. Then you start it and it doesn't start out the way that you had anticipated. But you keep going, thinking hoping that it will get better. But it doesn't, and as you go it gets bad, really bad. This is what happened to me as I read The Haven by Carol Lynch Williams. I was excited to read this one. It sounded interesting and I was...more
This book was amazing. The people who complain about it are doing so simply because they expect it to be something it's not.
I was won over right from the start. The writing was beautiful, artistic, almost like poetry. Filled with mystery and wonder. Tension. Suspense. Beauty. I couldn't stop. I read it all at once. And it's because this book is a work of art. It's not your typical light, teen, easy bathtub read. It's much deeper, more artistic. It has so much more substance.
While Haven was obviously sinister and I didn't trust any of the adults (and, if we're being honest, most of the students), I wasn't sure exactly what was going on and what was happening to the students.
This had absolutely perfect pacing. I never got bored and I didn't figure out what was going on before the main character.
This is one of those books t...more
I ask you these question because (spoiler alert) this book ended with nothing changing except for our young lovers. So an evil, horrible, despotic system continues and nothing really changes. And thus the larger questions, is the point of dystopian/disa...more
This book has such a cool concept. I'd like to say I saw it coming, but in truth I d...more
Reviewed by Kimi
The Haven is a story that deals with the conflict between that of ethics and science and that of morality and survival. Its premise borders around dystopian to science fiction, genres I am very interested in as they mirror our society today or what our society aspires to be in terms of technology and lifestyle. Theoretically, this is a book that I should have loved, especially because the cover is interesting, and the premise sounds intriguing....more
Shiloh is one of the Terminals who have spent their lives in The Haven, a quarantined hospital where she can live out her days until the disease takes her life. Her food, her sleep, her exercise, and her health are carefully monitored. She attends classes and watches her classmates disappear, one by one. When one of her classmates offers her a "red pill or blue pill" option, Shiloh has to sort through all she's been told to find the t...more
Thank you to the author and publisher for the review copy via Netgalley.
For the teens at The Haven, the outside world, just beyond the towering stone wall that surrounds the premises, is a dangerous unknown. It has always been this way, ever since the hospital was established in the year 2020. But The Haven is more than just a hospital; it is their home. It is all they know. Everything is strictly monitored: education, exercise, food, and rest. The rules must be followed to kee...more
I think what really disappointed me was the manner in which the author doled out information. In the beginning, she tries to...more
Terminals live in a lovely hospital/school/boarding house surrounded by a huge wall. They never have any contact with the outside world. Terminals are told that they have a disease that people in the outside world hate---and if they go in the outside world, they will be killed.
The Terminals don't feel sick. Every now and then, one of the Terminals is taken away to the hospital part of the compound, and then they come back without an arm or a hand or an eye. The protagonist of the book,...more
The book is well written the but I don't really like reading books like this. Shiloh and Gideon were decen...more
Teenager Shiloh lives at The Haven Hospital and Halls, and most of all hates when her fellow inmates are called out during lunch and never seen again.
The kids at Haven are ‘Terminals’, kids who are destined to die, and who must be kept away from the general population for fear of them catching disease.
It seems that the staff may not have been 100% truthful with the kids...more
I don't really agree with the other reviews that it started out slow, simply because I found the world and situation interesting right away. I liked that it was thoroughly explained, as far as it could be wh...more
I have to say that before I read this book I had a lot of preconceived notions about how it would go based on the summary, but once I started reading I had to throw all those ideas out the window.
The Haven is about a girl named Shiloh who lives in a hospital because she has a illness that alters the diseased, called Terminals, memories. Not many of the Terminals in the hospital are whole. Many have lost limbs and other body parts to the dis...more
Honestly, I understand that this is an advanced copy and not the final product but I would have rated the book higher if it was not absolutely riddled with grammatical errors. There were probably an average of three a page. The other criticisms of this book I can understand. Yes, this book is extremely similar to... (view spoiler)["Never Let Me Go", it's basically the same concept but with a more optimistic conclusion. Honestly, I didn't like "Never Let...more
This is one of those times I really wish we could give half stars on Goodreads. The premise of this dystopian book is interesting enough. "Terminals" are lab created human being clones whose purpose is to serve as body part replacement supplies. Isolated from the rest of the world behind the high walls of the Haven Hospital, Shiloh and her friends have ways been oblivious to what goes on in the outside world. When their suspicions begin to grow, an escape plan is hatche...more
'What makes us human? Are we the sum of our bodily parts? Is it because we each have a beating heart, or is it because we have a soul? If the soul is the deciding factor in what makes us human, what exactly is a soul? Where do souls come from? How do they become a part of us or we a part of them?'
Not exactly the usual string of questions I'm left pondering after reading a YA book, but I laboured over those puzzles set out in The Haven by Carol Lynch Williams.
Getting into it
About the Author: Carol Lynch Williams, a two-time winner of the Utah Original Writing Competition, is the author of several books for children, including two novels about the Orton family of New Smyrna, Florida: Kelly and Me and Adeline Street. A starred School Library Journal review of The True Colors of Caitlynne Jackson praises Williams as she "again demonstrates her facility at mood and chara...more