The One Safe Place
Devin doesn't remember life before the world got hot; he has grown up farming the scorched earth with his grandfather in their remote valley. When his ...more
Right from the start, I knew that The One Safe Place wasn't your average speculative young adult story. Firstly, it can probably be read by anyone aged eight or up. And perhaps younger readers would realise that childhood is something to cherish.
A common theme in most media today is global warming and the possible impact that this could have. The One Safe Place explores it wonderfully. This could happen. The world that you explore as ...more
I figured out most of what was going on pretty quickly, but I don't think the target audience would.
After his grandfather dies of old age and leaves him alone in their isolated paradise of a valley, a hidden island in the decrepit world outside that is like a fairytale to him, relegated in stories of both marvel and ...more
I received an advance reader edition of this book from Algonquin Books and Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
I enjoyed this book and found the story intriguing. This book has a middle grade audience but I found it quite appealing even as an adult. The story pulls you in right away and keeps you interested until the very end.
This book is set in a future world that is quite hot. Devin has lived on the farm with his ...more
The characters were under-developed, were stereotypical, and had no personality.
Devin, the main character, has synesthesia, which means his senses overlap. However, the reader had absolutely no idea- except for a couple random hints dropped here and there- that he has synthesia, until one of the characters actually TOLD us. I feel that the story would have been way more entertaining if the author has included descriptions of what ...more
Devin has always lived on a farm and when his grandfather dies he knows its his time to go into the city. What Devin finds in the city is a world of poverty. The rich are the ones living in houses, drinking water, and eating. The homeless are children and people who cant afford to live nicely. Devin meets a girl on the streets and they become fast friends. Rumors of a home where homeless children go to be adopted are whispered amongst the homeless,...more
The plot: Devin is a happy-go-lucky farmer's grandson who lives in a little pocket of paradise in a broken world. The farm has its difficulties, sure, but it's nothing compared to what the world outside goes through. Intense heat batters major cities until incredibly strong storms wash the dust away, along with people, homes, and liveliehoods. Devin lives in his bubble until one day the ...more
Not quite five stars, but still one of the best books I have read in a long time. The One Safe Place is exactly what the world of YA Dystopian Fiction needs right now. It's fast paced without leaving out important details, the characters are developed and there isn't too many of them, and it's not set in the USA. It's very different, which I think was the reason I liked it so much.
It's the future and the world has been ...more
Devin is a young boy who hears colors and feels stars. Numbers have feelings and no sense goes unused. He describes his photographic memory as a way to "tell stories." He is an old soul with unwavering kindness.
Set in a dystopian future with the horizons bleak, he helps take care of a small farm with his grandfather. After his grandfather dies, he sets off to find the city and help. What he ...more
I enjoyed this audio of a strange world of survival at any cost. I also like that instead of the usual YA (16-20) characters that are often found in this type of read, they targeted it to a younger group ...more
As an 8th grade teacher, I believe my students will enjoy this book. Set in the future after a major climate shift, Devin finds himself alone in a big city where children are homeless and will do anything to survive. He finds himself given an offer to be taken to a home for children where there is food, beds, and plenty of entertainment. Despite this offer being too good to be true, Devin and his friend, Kit, decide to go ...more
So One Safe Place is dystopian book narrated by a male teenager. I dont usually do well with male protangnists but Devin is a very unquie character. When I started reading it I was a little confused as Devin described things in colour and sound. Such as the a building may be a certain colour and make a sound which is confusing but makes more sense as the book goes on when you find out about his condition. This is one ...more
I love Devin, but I think my favorite character is Kit. She clearly has had an awful life but she still is a good person and helps Devin (even as she says repeatedly that you have to rely on yourself because no one else will help you). It's so obvious why she's so willing to stay at the Home even as it becomes increasingly clear that it is not a great place to ...more