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(Gated #2)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  746 ratings  ·  121 reviews
Lyla Hamilton almost died escaping the Community. In her new life, the outsiders call the Community a cult. They don’t understand how easy it was to believe. How good it felt to belong. “Normal” life—high school and dating—is harder than Lyla expected.

The Community is willing to do terrible things to bring her back to the fold. The members are still preaching Pioneer’s twi
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Claude's Bookzone
Jun 06, 2021 rated it liked it
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Well that was a reasonable sequel.

The Community still believes in Pioneer despite the end of days not occurring on the foreordained day. Now they are working to bring Lyla back into the fold through any means necessary. They are quite a creepy and persistent bunch of zealots! I actually liked then ending as it felt realistic. A solid follow up.
Kristen Peppercorn
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
A genuine nail-biter.
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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While Gated dealt with the daily life of the Community and the cult leader Pioneer, Astray explores the prejudice of outsiders as the cult is free from their habitat. Lyla and her community friends go to school, their family members appear in public and are raving mad as they chant and kneel and beg, and watching it all happen was like an impending train wreck.

The scary thing about Astray, while it was apparent that the Comm
"How very hard I've tried my best to give you a good life. But in spite of all my trying, a handful of people with their lies have made our lives impossible.- Jim Jones"

Setting:Culver City; 2014

Coverly Love?:Yes! There's something so haunting and eerie about it.

Plot:Lyla Hamilton has escaped Pioneer and the Community, but that doesn't mean she's free from them. She and her former friends Brian, Heather, Julie and William have been separated from their families and thrown back into regular
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
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Half a damn star.

Why. Just why. Gated was a fantastic book, especially for someone as obsessed with cults and learning about them as me. Astray seemed like a surefire hit and a way to show readers what it’s like after a cult is discovered. made famous (see: everything members of the Manson family did while he was in prison and on trial, like shave their heads and sit outside singing), and are supposed to start rejoining society. Except it’s not that simple
What a shitty sequel. I gave the first book four stars because it was too awesome and I expected this one to knock my socks off too. This one took forever to get into and I didn't get the creepy vibe that I loved from the first book.

Damn. Oh well. Next book!
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
(4.5 STARS)

Awesome sequel!
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Astray, the sequel to Gated, was, in many ways, even more intense and riveting than the first novel. I enjoyed Gated quite a lot, but ultimately, Astray has made an even bigger impression on me. Parts of it were creepy (even downright bone-chilling), other parts really sad and gut-wrenching, and I think it is safe to say that if you read and enjoyed Gated, you should be ordering your copy of Astray ASAP, for it is a beautifully plotted, emotionally gutting gem of a psychological thriller.

One mo
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I didn't enjoy this book as much as I had planned to but, it was still pretty amazing. I enjoyed the fact that certain events happened, however I felt that the book was a bit of a continuation that didn't need to really even take place. I didn't like how abrupt the ending of this book went and I definitely didn't enjoy the cruel aspects that took place in this book. The book took me a lot longer than expected to read it but who cares right? I gave this book a 4 out of 5 star rating even with all ...more
Aj Sterkel
Dec 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Astray is book #2 in a series. Book #1 is called Gated. This review contains minor spoilers for Gated because I couldn’t figure out how to write the review without them.

The narrator, Lyla, has left the “Community” where she grew up and is living with her boyfriend and his family. Pioneer, the leader of the Community, is in jail, but all of the Community members except for Lyla are still loyal to him. As Lyla adjusts to life as a “regular” teen, the Community members do everything they can to bri
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I saw that Ms. Parker was releasing a continuation to Lyla's story, I just had to read it. Gated was my first experience with such a plot about a closed off, cult-like community basically led by a lunatic, and I was very intrigued as to what would happen to the members once their lives had been interrupted and their leader taken away. I wanted to know if they would have a change of heart and come to the realization that Pioneer was only brainwashing them.

Astray gave me an eye-opening. It's
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I would first like to say that if you enjoyed Gated or even found it a little boring then you should still at least try Astray. It gets sooo much better a lot more intense.

I really enjoyed the whole school aspect. In a way it actually made the "Meadow" kids worse because it just showed them how bad people really are. They were taken from a place where the fact that humans were horrible people was drilled into their heads on a daily basis and they were shoved into a school where the people really
Jiayun Chen
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was introduced to me when I was searching through goodreads, looking for the book I read over the summer. I realized that this favorite book of mine had a sequel!! While reading this book I developed multiple levels of inner feelings: Lyla's choice of staying with Cody or Will isn't as easy as it seems, this choice that she is choosing will affect the rest of her life, whether if she is going to be on the right track or staying on the wrong one. This simple decision of her affect how ...more
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: z-2016-audiobook
Astray by Amy Christine Parker * 3.5 Stars* 05/05/2016

I didn’t enjoy Astray as much as Gated, but I did think it was a good sequel. I was curious to know what would happen with the people from the community and Pioneer. I was quite impressed with how much power Pioneer still held on everyone following him even from prison and I could definitely see that happening in real life. These people were under his influence for 10 years , believing every word Pioneer said, they couldn't just flip a switch
Take Me Away To A Great Read
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy from the author for an honest review.

Astray was suspenseful with so many twists and turns! It is heart-pounding and brilliantly written! A must read!!!

This book is the sequel to Gated and takes place right where Gated left off. Lyla is still reeling from everything that has happened to her and is trying to make peace and move on. Cody and his family have tried to give Lyla a chance to heel. The sheriff is trying to protect her from all the media and all the people that may not
Jul 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
So the first book, Gated, is about a girl who's a member of a cult. It was provocative and thrilling, and I rooted for Lyla throughout. It was an excellent example of what happens when you are brainwashed from birth to believe the Apocalypse is coming, and you are a member of a group that is separate from everyone else.
This conclusion, Astray, did not disappoint. I wondered, where can the author go with this? The cult leader is in jail, awaiting trial, and Lyla has escaped the Community. But the
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've had this sequel in my TBR pile for a while. I'm sorry that it took me so long to finish out this duology because Astray was really good. I was a little concerned that I might not be able to enjoy the book because it had been too long since reading Gated. But, the author did a great job of reminding the reader what happened in Gated, so it didn't take long to reacquaint myself with everything.

I did enjoy Astray. I felt like this one was a lot creepier than the first one. Lyla is out of the c
Christina Farley
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Holy freakout. This book completely outdid GATED, which I thought was amazing. There is so much about this book that I loved. Lila was a strong and independent thinker in book one but in this book, everything she believes is put to the test like never before. Pioneer and the Community were even creeper than in the first book. By the end of the book, my heart was racing as I was flipping through the pages until the very end. And what a satisfying and rich ending too. Such a fantastic read that ev ...more
Grace Todd
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
"I can be your home, If you let me." -Astray. I just Ahh this series was amazingly captivating, the pages just fly by as you get emerged into Lyla's story. Her story is beautiful to read and you can't help but feel like your in her shoes. I just ya this series was as amazing as I was told it was gonna be! ...more
Colleen Houck
Pioneer still makes me shudder. Can hear his voice in my brain and I'm constantly screaming to the heroine to run! Loved this follow up to Gated. Didn't think there was much more story to tell but boy was I wrong. Loved it! ...more
Jamie Ayres
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books of 2015 so far! A lot more creepy than I expected after the first book, Gated. I was like, AMY CHRISTINE PARKER, WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME?!?! I couldn't sleep after reading it. But I also couldn't put it down. A. Must. Read. ...more
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome Book! Loved it

Very suspensful! Intruiging and never hits a dull moment. I really loved seeing all the different sides of how each person thinks differently. It is a great way to capture peoples beliefs and sometimes how that can become a very deep clouded judgement.
Dec 29, 2013 marked it as might-read-this
I really do hope this one is creepy and chilling because Gated was everything but.
Seeing Double in Neverland
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wishlist
Astray was everything I wanted it to be! It had so many psychological twists and turns.

Nov 30, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: good-riddance
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Cecily Kyle
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had really high hopes going into this novel because the first one was such a pleasant surprise and I found that I really quite enjoyed it. A lot of the elements that I liked about the first one were brought forth to this installment and I was really happy to see that.
I don't think I could have asked for anything different. A bit predictable at times but most of the time I felt like it could go anywhere and I liked that.
A much better series than my first judgements predicted and I love when I
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mfa
There are some wonderful moments in this sequel to 'Gated', and I think Parker has done well to show some of the disorientation and susceptibility of someone who is integrating into a world that they have never known before.

This is still very much a cult novel, rather than a recovering from a cult novel which I found disappointing. I understand that a character study of Lyla's recovery would have pushed outside of the YA thriller genre that both novels fall into, but it's left me wanting to fol
Lora Luebchow
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book completely outdid GATED, which I thought was amazing. There is so much about this book that I loved. Lila was a strong and independent thinker in book one but in this book, everything she believes is put to the test like never before. Pioneer and the Community were even creeper than in the first book. By the end of the book, my heart was racing as I was flipping through the pages until the very end. And what a satisfying and rich ending too. Such a fantastic read that even now days aft ...more
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
fast paced and very creepy at times... I liked these two books and the subject they were about. I could not put them down when I started reading. The quotes from Charles Manson in the beginning of the chapters were a nice added touch. A book about a cult and how so many can get sucked into believing so easily still amazes me. This book gave me a glimpse of just that. I know that the leaders many times play on fear to convince others they know how to make it better. I just really enjoyed reading ...more
Sandra Frey
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I worried that the second book would feel more forced than it did, since the first one was kind of resolved, but there were more commonalities of cults that were left to mine. A couple plot points felt a bit too convenient, but on the whole, I enjoyed the continuation and the look at how difficult/impossible it is for people to turn their backs on passionate belief.
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AMY CHRISTINE PARKER is the author of the critically acclaimed duology, GATED and ASTRAY as well as the standalone thriller, SMASH & GRAB. GATED was a nominee for both the Sequoyah Book Award and the South Caroline Junior Book Award and was a YALSA Quick Pick for reluctant readers. Amy's latest novel--her first horror/thriller mashup, FLIGHT 171, releases in October 2022. She writes full-time from ...more

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