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The Haven

3.27  ·  Rating Details  ·  744 Ratings  ·  175 Reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Emily May
Feb 07, 2014 Emily May rated it did not like it
There's one BIG reason why I didn't like this book and it's also a huge spoiler. Basically, The Haven is a far less complex, often boring version of another novel. This other novel is an extremely well-known adult book that many people will have read or at least know about. I also think that most, if not all, of those who have read this other book will find it difficult to like The Haven.

If you do want to know what that book is: (view spoiler)

Giselle
Discussion review with Jennilicious.

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 roa
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Rose
Initial reaction: Overall: very dull, lifeless narrative despite its intentions. I could not feel for the characters or the overarching story at all, sadly. Hopefully I can explain more in the forthcoming review.

Haven't decided if this is going to be 1 or 1.5 stars.

Full review:

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
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
These type of reviews are so very hard to write, mainly because with a stunning cover and synopsis full of endless possibilities and so much promising hope, you never know what to say after you have read it and feel a little let down after the story is over.

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
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Amanda
Mar 29, 2014 Amanda rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. This book is very similar to The island movie that was released in 2005. The main difference is that instead of adults in a controlled environment, it's children and teenagers. I loved Shiloh, she was very sweet and kind. You don't realize how bleak and boring her world is until she stops taking the tonic. She notices things like colours, smells, how much she's eating for lunch and breakfast and other things. When she does stop taking the tonic, you as a reader start noticing ...more
Jennifer
Mar 21, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
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Meghann (Becoming Books)
This book starts off a little slow and quickly reminds you of a few movies and popular books that are out there. With that said, the plot does pick up, as Shiloh is introduced to Gideon, and carries you quickly through this one-sitting read.

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
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Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: This book was enjoyable and fast-paced but overall not my style.

Opening Sentence: They came during lunch.

The Review:

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.

The Have
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Sara (Just Another Story)  Walker
Picture this...

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
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Mrs. Kenyon
Mar 04, 2014 Mrs. Kenyon rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-audiobooks
The Haven was established in 2020 to protect Terminals from the Disease. This hospital with its walls and routines shields the children and teens inside from the unknown world outside. Regular tests and daily tonics is all that keeps these children healthy. But they still loose limbs, lungs and other parts and only Shiloh can seem to keep memories. She hides this secret from the doctors and teachers, because she is afraid the Disease may claim her next. When her only friend and a boy named Gideo ...more
Tanna Shelley
Mar 16, 2014 Tanna Shelley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book through the first reads giveaway. I started reading it last night and couldn't put it down. I have never read a book quite like this one. The characters were very well developed and you couldn't help but to care for them. I would recommend this book any YA fan. It will keep you guessing and on your toes. You won't be able to put it down.
Kimberly Dalton
May 18, 2014 Kimberly Dalton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
NO SPOILERS

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.

This book
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Maki
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Jessica
Mar 23, 2014 Jessica rated it it was ok
(I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway).

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)
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Isabell
Dec 27, 2013 Isabell rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
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 keep the children healthy, to help control the Disease that has cast them as Terminals, the D ...more
Kelly Hager
Mar 03, 2014 Kelly Hager rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that will require patience from its reader. I was immediately drawn into the story, but I wasn't sure what was going on.

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
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Shannon Grieshaber
This is a world of Terminals (apparently ill young people kept in hospital-like facilities) versus Wholes (us). The whys and whats of the Terminals is a mystery throughout the first 100 pages. This fact should have made the story a page turner; however, the Terminals have no personality, no friendships. They just exist and follow orders. So, as much as I wanted to know what the deal was, I could only read a few pages at a time because I was so bored. This 200 page book should have been a two-hou ...more
Emma Starkel
Nov 30, 2015 Emma Starkel rated it really liked it
The Haven by Carol Lynch Williams was about a "Terminal" named Shiloh who lives in a hospital to stay away from the outside world. At Haven Hospital and Halls terminals do everything they need to to stay healthy. Shiloh remembers everything but Haven Hospital takes her memories away to keep her safe. Shiloh and her best friend Abigail start thinking about the world outside if Haven Hospital and it gets both of them in trouble. After meeting Daniel and Gideon Shiloh starts to think everything the ...more
Andrea
May 07, 2015 Andrea rated it it was amazing
The book I am reading is called The Heaven.I thought that this book was going to be boring but it’s turns out it wasn’t. This book is very interesting it has some twist.

This book is about couple of kids at the hospital. The hospital Haven.The kids call that place home because they have a disease called Terminals.Terminals is a disease that make that claims there limbs,lungs,and their memories.This girl named Shiloh lost one of her lungs and limbs. But her memory is fine but every night they dr
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Annabella Crafts
May 02, 2015 Annabella Crafts rated it liked it
I'm so sad that this book got three stars. The main plot topic interested me and it seemed quite promising. The beginning of the book is slow and doesn't pick up 'till around page 100, which is the half way point. By then, your already annoyed with the clueless protagonist.The thoughts of said protagonist were good but odd. The book lacked the character development that it deserved for it to be good. And for the twist at the end, it was surprising but you didn't really feel that hurt or sad like ...more
Alicia
Apr 21, 2015 Alicia rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
You all know I'm a big fan of old-school dystopian. I'm one of those annoying people who would start discussions with, "Well, I liked ________ before it became popular," if I said things like that aloud. But I think it all the time. I loved the dystopian genre as a kid (The Giver, Brave New World) and I still love it. I don't tire of it, and I don't know that I ever will. So when I heard that Carol was writing a dystopian, I was very very happy. It was years ago that I first starting hearing abo ...more
Erin
Apr 08, 2015 Erin rated it it was amazing
"Haven Hospital & Halls Where You Matter Established 2020"
Shiloh has only ever known life at Haven Hospital & Halls. She has only ever eaten food grown at Haven; she has only ever had friends at Haven; only ever known the walls of Haven. She has been educated by Haven, and yet, Shiloh knows deep down that something is not quite right at Haven Hospital & Halls. When Dr. King, head of Haven, comes “too soon” according to Shiloh, she, and her friend Abigail, can only hope that he has n
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Tamara Richman
If Katniss knew that Prim would die regardless, would Katniss have volunteered for the Games? Do you think Katniss really cared about the rebellion? Would she really have preferred to stay with Gale if she could get past the Prim/death connection?

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
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Jessica Saylor
Apr 05, 2014 Jessica Saylor rated it really liked it
So, I didn't expect to like this book as much as I did (I realize I say that a lot). And when I was first reading it, I really didn't enjoy it much. The writing was a little choppy for me, and the thoughts a little jumpy. As I read on I immediately discovered this was integral to show how far the main character comes in the novel. So if this bothers you at first, read on because it ends up making a lot of sense.

This book has such a cool concept. I'd like to say I saw it coming, but in truth I d
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Kimi (Geeky Chiquitas)
Originally posted at Geeky Chiquitas

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.
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Jenni Frencham
Jul 31, 2014 Jenni Frencham rated it really liked it
Williams, Carol Lynch. The Haven. St. Martin's Griffin, 2014.

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
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Liz Barnsley
Mar 12, 2014 Liz Barnsley rated it really liked it
**3.5 - 4 stars***

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
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Donna  Happy Booker
Rating - 2.5 I've read a couple very very similar books which didn't bother me since it's a fascinating premise each time it's done. However, The Haven was not quite as cohesive as those others and I was disappointed by the often jumbled and confusing plot and inconsistent characterization, especially nearer to the end. I actually really enjoyed the story but the execution fell short of what it could have been.
Kermit
Jun 17, 2014 Kermit rated it liked it
3.1 stars

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,
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Angie
Apr 01, 2014 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ya SciFi fans
Recommended to Angie by: Amanda
This was a fast book to read, but it didn't really hold my interest after I found out what the book was about. Its told from the POV of Shiloh, a young girl who lives in the hospital. And its not just an ordinary hospital either. All the kids there are called terminals and what they know is that if your name is called out you may disappear of ever or come back with some part of you missing.

The book is well written the but I don't really like reading books like this. Shiloh and Gideon were decen
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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

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