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La Maison des morts
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...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
It’s not a bad story, actually. I wasn’t sure, from the concept, but I did find myself ...more
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.
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
Beautifully written and genuinely moving in places.
Hmm... I appear to have something in my eye.
Don't look at me! I'm not crying! You're crying!
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more