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...more
I feel like I can finally unclench my fists. From seemingly the first page, I've been in various states of distress. It started off with just a niggling in the back of my mind, then progressed to anxiety through most of the story, and culminated in rage. You may think this means I didn't enjoy the book, but you'd be wrong. It was a very enjoyable read, actually.
If there's one thing I can't stand, it's when a strong-willed person takes advantage of someone who is weaker-willed. Man...more
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
After her sister got kidnapped when Lyla was only 5, her mother became withdrawn, emotionally crippled by this emptiness which made her the per...more
The story takes a little time describing Lyla's background - th...more
This is a solid contemporary novel about a teenage girl living in a sheltered community, separated from society and lead by the...more
Why do people join “communities” (cults)? I would say that the psychological reasons vary but in general, it is because they are looking for a sense of belonging and to escape from some troublesome reality. Hum, yes, I have actually read a couple of non-fiction books about this.
In Gated , Lyla’s parents join Pioneer’s community because they want to escape their damaged lives, so Lyla grows up learning to worship Pioneer.
Pioneer… is he your usual cult...more
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Rating: 3 Stars
Gated is a story of Lyla, a girl who was raised in a community, that (unbeknownst to her) is actually a cult. Since she was 5, she has been trained to protect herself, be a contributing part of the community, and was sworn to secrecy from the outside world.
This all changes when she meets Cody.
Picking up this novel, I was a bit weary bec...more
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 lik...more
Cults are always a fascinating thing, but I doubt we ever understand why they're so...crazy sometimes. Gated definitely gives us a first class look in on cults! Pioneer was an amazing villain and he was so suave with his manipulation and, honestly, I'm not quite sure if he was a psycho and really believed what he was saying...or if he was just a really good actor. But he was by far the most inte...more
"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...more
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...more
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 trus...more
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 c...more
The cover adve...more
It seems like every YA book I pi...more
Lyla Hamilton believes that she is one of the chosen. A group of people chosen to live in th...more
This book is incredible! I was expecting a dystopian novel but it wasn't. Since I have read about Jonestown I started figuring out where this book was going towards. This is not a happy book. It's bittersweet. I thought that the characters were great it made feel as if I was walking right beside them.
The first part of the story was kind of slow, but that's what I loved about it because it wasn't too slow. It describes the Community which m...more
I know it is so cliche to call a book "gripping", but seriously, I read Amy Christine Parker's debut novel, Gated in less than six hours. I ignored my own mother, child, Mister, and friends because - let's be honest - finding out what happened to Lyla Hamilton and her community was so much more important. The poor girl is in a cult, for crying out loud! If anyone ever needed my full attention, it was her.
Lyla was a character that I connected wit...more
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