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A fast-paced, nerve-fraying contemporary thriller that questions loyalties and twists truths.

Appearances can be deceiving.

In the Community, life seems perfect. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Pioneer invited Lyla’s family to join his group and escape the evil in the world. They were happy to be chosen, happy to move away from New York and start over in such an idyllic ga
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 6th 2013 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Emily May
Sep 19, 2013 Emily May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I don't know what I was expecting from Gated. My first bet was on zombies but, if not that, my second guess was Mormons. Turns out I was wrong! This is a book that starts mild and entertaining. It paints you a picture of the protagonist - Lyla - and introduces the reader to her life which, though strange, seems peaceful and pleasant. But then, like a hidden monster crouching beneath the surface, the dark creepiness starts to be unveiled to us. The community where Lyla lives might not be the san
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Khanh (the Grinch)
No spoilers

Jonestown. Heaven's Gate. Warren Jeffs. Child brides. Cults. They're inherently fascinating to most of us.

This was an excellent book, but it was not a light book, nor a happy book. Then again, one does not walk into Mordorstart reading a book about cults expecting to be merely entertained. We read books about such people, about such communities because they are morbidly riveting. The psychology behind them, the charisma of the leader, the type of people who would buy into---what is to
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Steph Sinclair
Aug 19, 2013 Steph Sinclair rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers who enjoy psychological thrillers
One of the best possible ways to read a book is to go in blind, having no clue what it's about. If you do, the plot twists are even more shocking, the revelations are unexpected and everything completely blind-sides you. It's a perfect literary ride. In this case, I read Gated's blurb and had a good idea what it was about, or, at least, I thought I did. Before I started reading this book, I actually thought it was a dystopian novel. The blurb immediately struck me as a story featuring a corrupt ...more
Giselle
Jul 25, 2013 Giselle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, own, contemporary
This was a surprisingly good read! I've always had a strange fascination with cults; knowing there are people who have a persuasive power to such a degree is incredible. This book shows what it's like for kids who are raised in a cult community (which has happened), and how people - especially those broken by grief - can become brainwashed so thoroughly.

After her sister got kidnapped when Lyla was only 5, her mother became withdrawn, emotionally crippled by this emptiness which made her the per
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Ash Wednesday
Aug 19, 2013 Ash Wednesday rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ash Wednesday by: Khanh's review
4 STARS
"The world can be a pretty scary place to live. It's a lot less scary when there isn't so much of it open to you."

I remember borrowing Salvation and Suicide: An Interpretation of Jim Jones, the Peoples Temple, and Jonestown from our school library when I was in grade school. Perhaps it was our librarian's underhanded efforts to caution us against joining cults and the lessons of the 70's in general (because seriously, what didn't happen in the 70s?) but that book has put me off anything
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madametschenni
Für mich war dieses Buch leider eine Enttäuschung! Es dreht sich hierbei alles um eine Sekte,- eine Thematik, die ich normalerweise schon von vornherein spannend und interessant finde. Allerdings wirkt die Umsetzung auf mich wie gewollt & nicht richtig gekonnt. Leider war die Story für mich nichts neues und dadurch ziemlich vorhersehbar. Ich habe sehr darauf gehofft, dass die Autorin irgendwann die Kurve kriegt und die Geschichte um Layla & Co eine spannende Wendung bekommt ... Fehlanzei ...more
Jenn
2.5

Gated is the story of Lyla, who, along with her parents, goes to live in this gated community with other selected families all controlled by a man who calls himself Pioneer. Pioneer’s been telling them that the end of the world is coming and they are the chosen few who will survive, but they must be ready. They have no contact with the outside world except for the trips into the local town every once in awhile for supplies. Since she was young, Lyla has been brought up trained to protect the
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Jon
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Every now and then, I read a book--a book that opens my eyes to the world and helps me see the world in a different way. Gated is that book, the kind of book that's eye opening and just absolutely wonderful. Amy Christine Parker absolutely blew me away with Gated. Gated is an incredible, important novel that I think everyone needs to read at least once in their life because it's life-changing. Read Gated and your view of the world
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Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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Have you ever wondered how people can just follow a cult leader into whatever crazy thoughts occur in his head? The Gated series explores Lyla’s time in the Community following the Pioneer, a cult leader who is preparing for the End.

The scary thing about Gated, is that there are cults out there, especially those preparing for Rapture or the apocalypse to happen. I found it absolutely fascinating and also sickening, how thes
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Pamela (slytherpuff)
Review originally posted at Bettering Me Up.

Drats. Yet another book that tantalized me with a creepy cover and an intriguing premise, yet failed to deliver. It was a struggle to finish this book, and I thought of giving up several times. But I didn't want to start ARC August with a DNF!

The main character, Lyla, was a whiny brat who was just so put-upon with the whole following-the-rules-of-the-community thing.



And the whole bad-thing-that-happened-to-my-family-when-I-was-five-is-all-my-fault cl
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Reynje
Despite my (somewhat jaded) assumption that Gated would be yet another dystomance - a hooky premise masking some generic love-triangle angst – favourable reviews convinced me to pick it up, and I’m glad I did. Although I’ll admit I gave an involuntary eye roll at first mention of Lyla’s “Intended” (here we go..), my expectations turned out to be quite far off the mark.

This is a solid contemporary novel about a teenage girl living in a sheltered community, separated from society and lead by the
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Rose
I think I'll have much to look forward to from Amy Christine Parker in the future, because "Gated" was probably the first YA novel I've read that tackled the issue of cults in such a complex, illuminating and enthralling story. It especially stands out with its attention to the mentality behind the community that Lyla's a part of, and ultimately what comes to be as she realizes the illuminating truth of events from the outside world.

The story takes a little time describing Lyla's background - th
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Sarah Marie
Gated by Amy Christine Parker

4.25 stars

Lyla’s life in Mandrodage Meadows always seemed perfect. Pioneer protected the people in the community and it seemed like nothing could ever go wrong. As the impending end is approaching, Lyla begins to question things and the meeting with an outsider leads Lyla to uncover secrets that will destroy them all. I wasn’t sure if I would like Gated. I went into it knowing that it was about cults, which have always fascinated me, but even I know that a subject li

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Kristen
Read this review and others on my blog My Friends Are Fiction

I haven't assigned a star rating to this title because I don't feel that I can do so.

Electronic copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts:
I have never read anything about how life would be living in a cult. I thought the book description was intriguing; especially adding in the fear of end times. I couldn't help but think that reading about Lyla and her experiences would be entrancing and interesting in a psychologi
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Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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3.5 out of 5

Gated is a pretty good, fairly solid and easy to read novel. It's not your typical YA book, though it does contain some of the tropes found in that age group (love triangles, love at first sight, etc.). It's got more than its fare share of action, especially as it nears the final few chapters but Parker relies on introspection, psychological thrills, and a slow build rather than a nonstop action-packed adventure to see her
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Ally
Sep 16, 2013 Ally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that will make you uncomfortable from start to finish. In a good way.

Meet Lyla, a 17-year old girl living in a secluded 'Community' in the present day United States. Lyla is one of the most unique YA characters that I've met to date. Slut-shaming? Nope. Mary-Sue attitude? Nope. In fact, I kind of wanted to be her friend. Lyla has been living in Mandrodage Meadows (anagram for Armageddon Meadows), a gated community led by tyhe charismatic Pioneer, since the September 11
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Steffi
3.5

Wie vermutlich einige andere bin ich davon ausgegangen, dass es sich bei diesem Buch um eine bevorstehende Apokalypse/Dystopie handelt. Nun, das ist es nicht, aber dennoch fand ich das Thema des Buches sehr interessant, da es noch nicht sehr viel in dieser Richtung gibt.

Ich habe nach den ersten Seiten schnell vermutet, was hier los ist und daher fand ich den Handlungsverlauf lange Zeit eher zäh. Es war nicht unbedingt langweilig, dafür war der Lesefluss zu schnell, aber es einfach nicht so w
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AnnaSalvatore
Jan 04, 2016 AnnaSalvatore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Durch eine begeisterte Rezension bin über dieses Buch gestolpert. Da wir im Fach Religion gerade über Sekten geredet hatten, und mich das Thema interessierte, habe ich es nun auch gelesen - Und zwar an einem einzigen Tag.

Cover/Gestaltung
Gefällt mir sehr gut.
Das Cover wirkt bedrohlich und leicht verzweifelt, und spiegelt irgendwie die Geschichte wieder - Wie das Mädchen alleine versucht, das Licht zu erreichen.

Idee/Handlung
Dies war mein ers
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Evie
Jun 15, 2013 Evie rated it really liked it
An interesting story with an intense ending, though I must admit, I would've probably enjoy it more if the first half wasn't so slow and uneventful. Nevertheless, this was quite a captivating read!
Cindy
Aug 25, 2015 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Ursprünglich war dieses Buch ein absoluter Coverkauf. Die Farben haben mich fasziniert und auch das Motiv an sich. Ganz schön creepy, diese gesichtslose Frau, vor allem, wenn sich herausstellt, dass es fast perfekt zur Geschichte passt. Wenn dann auch noch der Klappentext irgendwie interessant klingt, kann mich nichts mehr halten. Manchmal passiert das, muss ich ganz ehrlich gestehen. Was mich erwarten wird, wusste ich trotzdem nicht wirklich. Es klang zunächst erst mal nach Dystopie oder Apokal ...more
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
Gated starts out right away by showing the main character Lyla is different. In the world of Silo, the community in this book, they are having target practice with cardboard cutouts and Lyla doesn't want to go for kill shots head or chest, but she can't even do that, she sees them as real people. She is also questioning the Brethren or who they believe are their creators and the world is about to end, and only a select few, The Chosen, in Silo will survive. Their leader, Pioneer is charismatic ...more
Stephanie
Jul 28, 2013 Stephanie rated it really liked it
This review and others are posted at Inspiring Insomnia.

I've always been fascinated by cults, primarily because I can't understand what could possibly drive someone to seek some kind of purpose within such a group. I suppose there are as many reasons to join a cult as there are cult members in the world. In Gated, a family is drawn into a cult led by a named Pioneer shortly after they suffer the disappearance of one of their daughters. Pioneer preys on their grief and terror, gaining their tru
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Abbe Hinder
good

I was honestly expecting a lot more from this. Maybe it's because I've watched and read a lot of articles and documentaries about cults and religious groups that I was expecting a lot more. Especially from Lyla, I was hoping that over time, her character would change, not already be changing. Amy Christine Parker does a fine job pushing the limits, showing readers what the inside of a cult might look like but I felt like she could have pushed it more and made it more...darker? Sinister? Sadisti
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Lori M. Lee
Aug 11, 2014 Lori M. Lee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gfa
The premise alone gives me the creeps. I've never read anything about these types of cults before so I was apprehensive at first.

I needn't have worried. I loved it. I blew through the book, and my anxiety levels skyrocketed when the climax hit. There's a slow build up, which is nice because it lets you become familiar with the characters, their history, and how their community came to be. This is all important information to truly understand these characters and their choices.

Pioneer is one of t
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Feb 11, 2014 Christina (A Reader of Fictions) rated it liked it
Recommended to Christina (A Reader of Fictions) by: Jon
Seriously, why the fuck does this have a sequel? Ugh. THIS WAS FINE AS A STANDALONE.

Hmmm. Well, Gated. So I read it. The reviews have been really solid across the board so far, and I can totally see why that’s the case. I do feel like Gated is a good book, but I never got really sucked into it for reasons I’ll delve into later. Ultimately, though entertaining, I think Gated could have delved a bit deeper and darker into not just the end but the brainwashing aspect.

Read the full review at A Reade
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Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
This book reminded me of Drought, only it wasn't as creepy from the onset. This book lulled you into a sense of security, even with the crazy claims coming from the Community's leader Pioneer. What made it even worse was those quotes from real-life cult leaders, how safe and sane they must have sounded to their followers in the beginning, only to lead them astray.

I grew up less than 100 miles from Waco, Texas, and was alive to witness the takedown of the Branch Davidian complex, which mirrors ev
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Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
Mandodrage Meadows.... Mandodrage Meadows is the name of the community that the "chosen" people in Gated live in but it's not just any community. Mandodrage is actually an anagram for Armageddon. Congrats to YouKneek & Passionate About Books for guessing correctly!! : )

After 9/11, Pioneer, the leader of the community & "prophet", chose families (hence the "chosen"), to come and live in this secluded community to escape the evils of the outside world and prepare for the end of the world w
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Michelle Krys
Jan 20, 2014 Michelle Krys rated it it was amazing
I've always been fascinated by cults, and the concept of a novel told from the perspective of a young cult member made me embarrassingly excited to read this book. Thankfully GATED didn't just live up to my high expectations--it completely blew them out of the water. GATED is a breathtaking, thrill-ride of a debut: smart, reassured, exciting, and romantic.
Clemi
Jul 19, 2015 Clemi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ich habe dieses Buch zufällig im meiner e-Reading Bibliothek gefunden und fand das Cover recht cool. Es erinnert mich an das von The 5th Wave. Ich startete völlig unvoreingenommen mit dem Lesen und kam sehr schnell in die Thematik hinein. Zuerst dachte ich, es sei eine Art pre-apocalyptic story aber es stellte sich für mich sehr schnell fest, dass es um eine Art Sekte ging. Die Umschlagseite machte das eigentlich auch sehr deutlich. Viele Rezensionen meinen, dass sich das Lesegefühl und die Gesc ...more
Ruth Lauren
Oct 02, 2013 Ruth Lauren rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
Fascinating subject matter, fast-paced yet thought-provoking. There's a sequel, but this book still has a satisfying ending and feels like a complete story. I'll definitely be reading the next one!
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“If a sky this dark can still be peppered with so much light, maybe this world can be too.” 9 likes
“It comes down to whether or not you’re ready to die today. I’m not. If the world ends, we can’t fight it, but we can fight one man. We can choose to live this day and every day after it that we have left.” 7 likes
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