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3.32  ·  Rating details ·  1,163 ratings  ·  238 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 06, 2013 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)

Jul 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook
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
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
Jay G
Aug 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
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1.5/5 Stars
For Shiloh and her friends at The Haven Hospital & Halls, the outside world is a terrifying place. The Haven provides protection to Terminals who reside there after the Disease threatened their bodies. But when Shiloh begins to discover that things may not be as they seem, she plans to escape with the help of Gideon, Daniel and Abigail.

Although a very quick read, the st
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
Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: medical, youth
If The Hunger Games, the Uglies series, and Never Let Me Go had a baby, it would be this book. It’s a super cool concept, and Carol Lynch Williams does a decent job of tackling it. I just think there were a lot of themes that could’ve been given more time and attention if this were split into a series (I haven’t actually looked into it to see if this is a series...or at least two books). There was also a ton of telling, not showing, which can sometimes feel like the author underestimates the rea ...more
Stacy Lynn
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a powerful and emotional book about a a cruel hospital that keeps children locked away from the world and any sort of human experiences, after taking one of their body parts or organs for others to use. Haven Hospital is the only home they've ever known, and it doesn't match the saying "Home Sweet Home". Everything is strictly monitored; education, excercise, food and rest. And the rules are strict as well; female terminals (girls) cannot interact with male terminals (boys) and vice vers ...more
Oct 29, 2013 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
Angela Auten
Full review to come on Monday.
Sara (Just Another Story)
Feb 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
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
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Tanna Shelley
Feb 28, 2014 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.
Nov 30, 2013 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
Ben Rotko
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I purchased Haven at the same time as Silver, and I honestly think Haven is even better. Rather than horror and suspense, Haven builds tension through mystery. Rather than throwing off the curtain all at once, small pieces of the truth are revealed in bits. This, in my opinion, is a better way to do plot twists. While shocking reveals can work sometimes, like in The Empire Strikes Back, I personally prefer letting the reader figure out what's going on and then confirming their suspicions. All in ...more
Jennifer G
Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a great book for tweens / young teenagers. It's never too young to start reading dystopian fiction. I enjoyed the story, but had the whole thing figured out within the first chapter....
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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.

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Lauren Kester
Jan 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I read the book The Haven by Carol Lynch Schroeder. Overall, I thought this was a good book. It was hard to get into it at the beginning, but towards the ending I could not stop reading. This book revolved around a big mystery. The author wrote in a way that made the story very interesting.

This book was about teenagers who lived in a hospital named The Haven. Everything that the kids did was monitored by the adults. They had to eat a full plate for every meal. The kids could not talk to peo
Mrs. Kenyon
Mar 04, 2014 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
Feb 27, 2014 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)
Jordan Francoeur
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
MY HEART, that ending....authors why must you be be so cruel to us readers? WHY?!
The Haven was an extremely entertaining read that reminded me of the Jenna Fox Chronicles and The Giver. I love the narrative style (poetic at points and fragmented sections too) which makes this a quick, compelling read. I appreciated the themes addressed as well as the mystery aspect that added a lot to the creepy, cold, and claustrophobic feeling of Haven Hospitals & Halls. Readers might consider a few of th
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
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars.

The writing:

Terrible Decent Fantastic

Haven comes just a few needles behind decent. The writing wasn't...the best, but it wasn't great, either. I've read books like this before, but I just..felt like this one was super messy. The plot was...OK, I have to say it. The plot was terrible. The reactions were so Fake. Gr.

Anyway, it just wasn't the best book. Like, come on Violet, STOP MOPING ABOUT AIDAN. PLEASe, gimme a break. I don't t
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Kelly Hager
Mar 02, 2014 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
Emma Starkel
Sep 13, 2015 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
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.
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, arc, sci-fi, 2013
I'm really not sure what to think of this book, mostly because (view spoiler) I also think it was much too short.

Proper review to come closer to release.
Jan 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2016
Very disappointing...slow, boring, very little substance. This 209 page book took me 3 weeks to read because I had to force myself through it.
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Carol Lynch Williams is the author of more than 30 books for middle grade and young adult readers. Her novels include The Chosen One, Never that Far, Messenger and Never Said. Her most recent book is the novelization of the movie Once I Was a Beehive. Carol has an MFA from Vermont College in Writing for Children and Young Adults and teaches creative writing at BYU. She runs Writing and Illustratin ...more
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