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3.16 of 5 stars 3.16  ·  rating details  ·  404 ratings  ·  117 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
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)

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 roami...more
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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.
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...more
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...more
Mrs. Kenyon
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
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Tanna Shelley
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

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...more
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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
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...more
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...more
Jessica Saylor
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...more
Kimi (Geeky Chiquitas)
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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
Jenni Frencham
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...more
Liz Wilkins
**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...more
Oct 08, 2014 Eujin925 rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: bad-dystopia
I was really excited when I read the back cover of this book. On the first page, I was mildly confused, but still somewhat excited. By the end of the first chapter, I was very confused and somewhat apprehensive about my decision to read the book. It all went downhill from there. I have so many things I didn't like...but we'll leave it at two. Let's get started, shall we?

I think what really disappointed me was the manner in which the author doled out information. In the beginning, she tries to...more
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,...more
Apr 01, 2014 Angie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to St. Martin's Press and Netgalley.)
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
So the main thing I noticed in beginning this book was the fact that, whomever edited it, needs a new job. So many mistakes. Granted I had an advanced copy, but it did not mention being an uncorrected copy. And even uncorrected copies I've had of other books didn't have nearly as many errors.

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
Charmain Sheely
*I received an advanced copy from Goodreads First Reads.

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
(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)...more
ARC provided by NetGalley:
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
Louise Nicks
Initial thoughts
'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
This i...more
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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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