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La vie de Toby bascule suite à un simple test sanguin.

Au beau milieu d’une île déserte, une poignée d’enfants mène une existence hors du temps, sous la surveillance impassible d’une équipe d’infirmières. Arrachés à leurs familles, les Déficients vivent dans la crainte du moindre symptôme indiquant qu’il est temps pour eux d’être conduits au sanatorium, là d’où personne ne

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Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published October 24th 2018 by Milady (first published February 26th 2015)
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Miriam Smith
This was my first Sarah Pinborough book and with "The Death House" being a win in the Goodreads Giveaways I was most certainly looking forward to reading it.
I started off loving this book, the premise of a story involving a ‘Death House’ where children with a 'defective' gene live, after being forcibly taken from their homes and families, sounded very intriguing . If they start to become ill they are escorted during the night to the mysterious sanatorium which can only be accessed by a lift.
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Karl
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Toby lives in the Death House located on a remote British island. The top floor of the Death House is known as the sanatorium, where kids disappear/are taken to in the middle of the night and never return. The motto in the death house is “No one returns from the sanatorium”.

Children are brought to the death house a few at a time knowing they have not got long to live. The children know that they are “defective” and thus try to ignore their inevitable fate. They have minimal supervision yet
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Mari
IM SO ANGRY. ANd upset...

(some spoilers ahead)

This book has managed to keep me up all night (and I have to get up in less than four hours now to go to an appointment, then go to work for a night shift). It made me shed tears. I started up LOVING it... And you leave me with a 'Romeo and Juliet' slash 'Titanic' mash up ending, Sarah? Are you, really??? So much cheese I can taste Camembert on the tip of my tongue. And I actually do like my books romantic and dramatic (maybe not a mix of both at the
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Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
This book had me quite conflicted and somewhat lost at times. After I read the synopsis I was super excited and expected a somewhat dark, brooding and chilling book set in this big old house. This was not quite how it came across to me. But first the blurb that drew me in:

Toby's life was perfectly normal . . . until it was unravelled by something as simple as a blood test.

Taken from his family, Toby now lives in the Death House; an out-of-time existence far from the modern world, where he, and
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Aditi
“Hate looks like everybody else until it smiles”

----Tahereh Mafi


Sarah Pinborough, an English-born horror writer, has penned a gripping and dark young adult thriller, The Death House that revolves around a thirteen year old boy who has been whisked away from his family after a negative blood test into The Death House, where he will be observed under the care of some nurses for any sign of sickness which will decide his fate whether he will or will not be taken to the sanatorium, the ultimate
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Susan
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderfully creepy and realistic tale about a group of young people who have been isolated on account of being, “defective.” Each of the residents of the ‘Death House’ were randomly tested at school for an unnamed illness, which can strike the population up to the age of eighteen. The main character of this novel, Toby, was not concerned when he took the test at school – indeed most of his classmates were simply relieved to be missing various class tests. However, on returning home, ...more
Liz Barnsley
The Death House was a marvel of a read, beautifully emotional, so terribly addictive that I read it in one afternoon and just as a warning, will stomp all over your heart and make it bleed.

Toby lives in “The Death House”. Taken from his family having tested positive for the “defective” gene, he spends his days sleeping and his nights wandering. In a place where death seems to be the only possible outcome, Toby has established himself as the leader of his small dorm group, going day to day and
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Regina
Feb 08, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, netgalley
I think there will be many people who will love The Death House. Especially among the YA audience.

Life, death, love, friendship, secrets and coming of age are all explored amongst a backdrop of children and teens who are ‘defective’ and have been removed from society into a boarding school style house to die.

Well written, enjoyable, easy to read. I can see people will become highly emotionally invested in the characters in this book

Thankyou to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read
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Ctgt
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A forgotten building on a forgotten island where forgotten children live.

An interesting story of a near future(?) world where children are tested until they reach the age of eighteen for some sort of abnormality, if they test positive they are sent to what they call The Death House. In any story with kids and teenagers there is the risk of becoming a YA schmaltz-fest but while there was a love story it never dipped in to the "Oh God, here we go" territory.

I will say right from the top, if you
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Paul
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a rule, the things that frighten me are the things I tend to become most obsessed with. Death is right up there at the top of the list. It’s that ultimate fear of the unknown and I actively spend a great deal of my free time thinking about it. I know that may sound a horribly morbid, but honestly it not. I’ve come to the conclusion that this fear is what drives many people in their day to day lives; they may not even be consciously aware of it, but it is always there driving them on. What ...more
Nikki
I mostly skimmed this book, because the whole creeping fear of the illness thing… it gets to me. It’s one of the things my anxiety does to me: just a constant sense that my body is a ticking timebomb, and sooner or later, something will go wrong. I don’t need the idea of a test to tell if you’re Defective, a whole society that condones locking people who have that gene away. So, yeah, I mostly skimmed this one.

It’s not a bad story, actually. I wasn’t sure, from the concept, but I did find myself
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Claire (Book Blog Bird)
This review is also on my blog: www.bookblogbird.weebly.com

The Death House tells the story of Toby, one of a group of children who has been identified as having the Defective gene after a routine blood test. He now lives at The Death House, an isolated mansion on an island in the North Sea with others like him, where they are studied by Matron and her team of nurses for signs of sickness. If you get sick, you’re taken upstairs to the sanatorium. And no one ever comes back from the sanatorium.

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Bradley
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sarah Pinborough's The Death House is a stunning, powerful, painful, and yes, beautiful, read. The speculative elements are slight, but all the more intriguing for it. The focus is squarely on the main character, Toby, and the sudden turn of events that lands him in the Death House alongside other children who've suffered the same fate. Its brilliance is in the characters and the whiplash of emotions they (and you) go through during this short, engrossing read. Fans of Neil Gaiman, Lord of the ...more
Basia
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, how about that? Silly me! Turns out, I've read this book before. Perhaps last year sometime? But by the time I was certain (denial denial denial) that I'd read this already, I chose to just keep going to the end.

It's such a sad, sweet story. Something cataclysmic has happened to the world. Worse, some godawful disease persists, and lives inside some of the surviving people. Everyone is tested. Those who test positive are yanked out of society at large to reside in these death houses,
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Ellie
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Sarah does an amazing job of capturing the male teenage voice. The fact that Toby isn’t a particularly likable character to me, proves this point. I can sympathise with his situation though, and slowly his better qualities comes through. He’s a good big brother to the younger boys in his dorm, even if somewhat grudgingly.

Little of their classes in included in the story, for the main they are inconsequential for them; they’re not going to use their lessons learned after all. However one key thing
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Amy
This was a five star read for me until the very final 6 pages.

Children are taken to the death house after test results show signs of a plague which deteriorate their bodies. The children are fed and given cloths but mostly fend for themselves under the watchful eye of the matron. Toby knows that the nurses give 'vitamins' to the kids at night to make them sleep so when he stops taking them he meets Clara and they become instantly attached to one another. They find a way to escape the confines
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J.H. Moncrieff
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was nothing like I expected. I thought it would be an adult horror, and instead I got a YA love story. And it was so damn brilliant I'm still in shock.

"The Death House" reminds me a lot of John Wyndham's "The Chrysalids." There are a lot of similar themes. I've seen some reviewers complain about unanswered questions in this book, but to me, Pinborough's brilliance is in what she DOESN'T tell you, and in that way it reminds me of Josh Malerman's "The Bird Box." If she had focused on the
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Kate
One of those rare books for which there are just not enough stars. Beautiful. And now I must go and wring out my heart.

Jon
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This turned out to be nothing like I expected. In fact, it completely surpassed all of my initial expectations and I just couldn't put it down.

Beautifully written and genuinely moving in places.


Hmm... I appear to have something in my eye.


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*sobs violently*


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Don't look at me! I'm not crying! You're crying!

*flees*
Yzabel Ginsberg
(I got a copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

I resent the comparison with The Fault In Our Stars, because The Death House was more readable: Toby, for all his faults, wasn"t so insufferable, probably because he behaved like a somewhat surly, but all in all normal teenager. And Clara was enjoyable, with a positive look on what happened to her, even though she knew how all the kids at the Death House were doomed to end.

I wouldn't deem this the best novel ever. It left me
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Suze Lavender
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Defective children are being taken to the Death House. They have to leave their family behind and aren't allowed to interact with anyone but other Defectives and the staff. They're waiting to get sick, which means being taken to the sanatorium, where nobody ever returns from. The Death House has been divided into dorms and Toby is in one of them. He used to be a regular teenager and his biggest worry was going to a party with the popular crowd. Now he has different things on his mind. Toby has ...more
H.M
Apr 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway, so many thanks for the opportunity to read it.

Extremely well written, this book was told from the first-person by Toby and was narrated in the present tense, interspersed with narrative at the end of some of the chapters about the time before current events.

I didn’t know what to expect from this when I picked it up, all I knew is that I’d been grabbed by the synopsis which explained that Toby, the protagonist, had a normal life until it suddenly
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Karen Barber
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Toby is part of a group of children who have tested 'Defective'. They are isolated on a remote island and live in what is known as the Death House. The children who live there are constantly monitored, and taken to the sanatorium if sickness is suspected. Nobody ever returns.
We are never told the exact nature of this illness, how it came about or why it is such a threat (which did rankle somewhat-sometimes answers are a good thing). Pinborough focuses instead on exploring the relationships
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Peter Newman
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-things
I loved this book. It's beautiful and sad and very, very tense. I feel vaguely inadequate trying to find the right words but assume that I think you should read it. ;)
Seregil of Rhiminee
Originally published at Risingshadow.

Sarah Pinborough's The Death House is a beautifully written novel that can be highly recommended to adults and young adults alike. It's a touching and bittersweet exploration of life, death and love in a remote manor house where teenagers are sent to die.

Before I write more about the contents of this novel, I'll mention that I have high quality standards when it comes to young adult speculative fiction, because I'm personally fed up with mediocre YA novels
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Zineb
Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I demand answers. No actually, I shouldn't even be demanding them in the first place because they should've been provided without having to ask for them right now when it's already too late BECAUSE THE STORY IS OVER.

My emotions are all over the place. I've shed enough tears over this book and those tears should have been worth it. That was a "let-me-wrap-up-this-story-quick-and-make-you-feel-so-many-painful-emotions-and-leave-you-questioning-the-entire-story" kind of ending. And I refuse to
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Femke (booksfemme)
3.5 stars!

So this was an interesting read. I kinda still have to gather my thoughts on this but I've never read anything quite like this.
Mieneke
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction, 2015
Sarah Pinborough is not only one of the more prolific British SFF writers, she’s also a very varied writer who switches between sub-genres with remarkable ease. Fantasy, racy fairytale retellings, science fiction, YA, she writes it all. When I heard aboutThe Death House I was immediately intrigued. A dystopian YA story set at a boarding school from which no student ever graduates, it sounded but creepy and fascinating. Because why are they there and what is this disease that condemns them to be ...more
Tina Geiger
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
Really good but I have ssoooooooo many questions.
Alan Baxter
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, literary
This is an incredible book. Beautifully written, utterly compelling and utterly heartbreaking. It will haunt me for a long time. Pinborough just gets better with every book.
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Sarah Pinborough is the NYT bestselling and Sunday Times #1 Bestselling author of 'Behind Her Eyes' which has sold in over 25 territories thus far and will be shown as a six part drama on Netflix in 2020 and the Sunday Times Bestseller, 'Cross Her Heart'. She has also written books across a variety of genres including the YA thriller 13 Minutes (in development with Netflix). Her next novel 'Dead ...more
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