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Strange Exit

3.32  ·  Rating details ·  279 ratings  ·  98 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Lake spends her days searching a strange, post-apocalyptic landscape for people who have forgotten one very important thing: this isn’t reality. Everyone she meets is a passenger aboard a ship that’s been orbiting Earth since a nuclear event. The simulation that was supposed to prepare them all for life after the apocalypse has trapped their minds in a s ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by Tor Teen
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Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
The topic and setting of virtual reality seemes all rage now with multiple books exploring this subject coming out this winter. Well, science-fiction by its nature is the genre that looks into near future and explores what problems we might have if we stay on our current course.
So, the premise of this book is something I was fascinated by and invested in. I also liked the pace.
Pick this book, if you are interested in survival stories and virtual reality and like exploring big ideas in sci-fi co
Oct 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Strange Exit by Parker Peevyhouse is a young adult science fiction fantasy. The story is a futuristic one taking place in space after a nuclear event happened on Earth. However, the setting in most of it is a virtual reality dystopian world the characters are stuck in.

Seventeen-year-old Lake is aware she is a passenger aboard a space ship that holds the survivors from Earth. Lake however spends her days searching the post-apocalyptic virtual world that the other passengers are stuck within and n
Lilith Black Bee
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
E-ARC provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  Actual rating: 3.5⭐

• Great virtual reality setting. This was so good that actually, a few times it was hard to tell whether I was in the book's reality or in the virtual one. Does this make sense to you? Because in my head when I formed the idea, it sounded way much better! But I think you know what I mean. Anyway, just for this reason only, I am gonna increase my initial rating from 3⭐ to 3.5⭐! Oh, and, f
Full Review to Come

I received an e-arc from the publisher for honest review. Thank you Tor Teen.

I liked this. I thought it was an interesting story. I don't know if everyone would like this because it does throw you into the middle of an ongoing situation. I really enjoyed the Virtual Reality angle as well as the dying spaceship.
rachel ☾
quick thoughts:

• The plot captivated me from the very first chapter.
• It kept me on my toes. I could never pinpoint which direction the story was going to take, and it ended up shocking me! which is always a bonus (and hard to do)
• .... though the plot twists didn't really pack the punch they could of if i had any kind of emotional investment in the characters.
• Lake & Taren were flat protagonists. They never felt like real, fleshed-out people with emotions & motivations beyond what we were to
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
DNF @ 20%

I am having a hard time getting into this story. So far, there is no character development and there doesn't seem to be enough context for what is happening in the book. There is some MG humour that has me shaking my head as well. Fart jokes aren't my cup of tea.
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

Um excuse me, do we all see those comps? "Strange Exit is Parker Peevyhouse's next suspenseful, near-future, stand-alone thriller, perfect for fans of Kass Morgan's The 100 and Patrick Ness's More Than This". Yeah, that is obviously going to the top of my TBR. And I will say, that it absolutely had vibes of those two books, so while it's high praise, it's also earned.

This is my favor
Leah Waters
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I said that I was ready for mind-bending alternate realities and crazy twists...but wow, I was not prepared for this level of awesomeness.

Strange Exit was everything I hoped it would be.

It was unputdownable, and I read it in a day--and it was a busy day, at that. There was so much intrigue and suspense, and the stakes kept getting higher and higher. This book made me question what was reality and what was virtual, my head spun around and around, I made theories that were proven wrong...

And then
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an ARC from netgalley! I had been trying to read this book for months on ebook but just couldn’t push myself to get through it on ebook format. I’m more of a physical book and audiobook person. Once I picked this book up from my library and read the first chapter I didn’t want to stop! Lake, Willow and the other characters were written very well. I loved the fact that I could compare this book to The Maze Runner and Illuminae. This book definitely could’ve been the two of ...more
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing

very smart, very sad meditation on a dying planet that we all love very much, but throw in a lone kernel of brilliant hope.

cue "i just wasn't made for these times" playing over interior shot of a raggedy spaceship with flickering lights
Kira Simion
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
I received a complimentary ebook from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I hope that one day Netgalley will have a preview of the stories on their website. Even a few pages would help a lot.

Definitely my fault for this one.

The moment the first page's words hit my eyes, I knew this would be a bumpy ride for me as what I thought would happen would be an action packed scenes from the get-go. I was also for a heartfelt moment from the realization that this was not the true reality, but a vi
Suzanne Nelson
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
STRANGE EXIT was my first read of 2020! I breezed through this fast-paced, chilling sci-fi tween novel by @parkerpeevy! It had me turning pages late into the night, wondering at the fate of Lake and her friends, trapped on an ill-fated spaceship and caught between reality and an all-too-enticing simulation/virtual reality program. With survival/dystopian themes ala “The 100” plus a gripping dash of “Ready Player One” thrown in for good measure, this book was a thrill to read!
Shannon Price
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fast-paced, imaginative read—I was completely hooked! I really loved Peevyhouse's depictions of a close sister relationship, and the descriptions of the setting hit that perfect balance of giving the reader a clear understanding of the setting/stakes without being too heavy-handed. Put this on your TBR now! ...more
Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Macmillan-Tor/Forge. Trigger warnings: death, parent/sibling death, violence, mild body horror, injury, grief, trauma, survivor’s guilt, bullying.

Lake spends every day wandering a post-apocalyptic world, looking for survivors. The catch is that the world isn’t real; it’s a simulation, and everyone has forgotten that they’re in it. When the nuclear apocalypse happened on Earth, Lake and a number of other teenagers boarded a ship to
Sep 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you NetGalley for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Strange Exit is strange indeed. I thought I would like this story much more than I did. I was lost and just not into the premise. I think maybe virtual reality is not my thing. It's not the story, rather I'm not the right person to read this book. If virtual reality is your thing, you will likely enjoy this book. It wasn't for me!
Hannah // Book Nerd Native
This one was really fun, really unique, and I really enjoyed the story! The book was atmospheric, and this dystopian universe completely sucked me in and kept me reading. The characters fell a little short in comparison to the setting and the world building, but I was still able to enjoy the story regardless. This book totally gave me THE 100 vibes, which I was super into!
Roberta R. (Offbeat YA)
Excerpt from my review - originally published at Offbeat YA.

Pros: Complex but believable VR setting, painted in mind-blowing details. Sometimes flawed, yet well-meaning and brave teens who will tug at your heart. Strong sibling theme. Twists and turns galore.
Cons: The ending feels a little rushed.
Will appeal to: Those who are fascinated by virtual reality and survival stories. Those who like books with a strong accent on family and a minimal amount of romance.

First off...DISCLAIMER: this title
Queen Cronut
Nov 04, 2019 marked it as dnf
DNF @ 47%

I really wanted to love Strange Exit (virtual reality and the near-future apocalypse? sign me up!) but it just didn't work for me and failed to hold my attention long enough to finish this one. I couldn't connect with the MC, Lake and there were too many POVs to keep track of. I never felt a sense of danger or urgency whilst reading this and the plot felt dull and unexciting. This book had a lot of great ideas but was lacking in its execution.

*Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan-Tor/Fo
Gordon Jack
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If it’s one thing I can count on from Parker Peevyhouse it's that once I open one of her books, it will be impossible to put down. Somehow she manages to take mind-bending scenarios and turn them into gripping thrillers. This is especially true in her latest, Strange Exit. I loved the world she has created here, one that tests the characters’ (and this reader’s) ability to distinguish fantasy from reality. At the start of the novel, earth has been destroyed by nuclear war, leaving only a spacesh ...more
Dec 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, a2, january, usa, tor-teen, a3e
Reality is not what it seems in this strange, sort of post apocalyptic novel.

Lane has spent a long time trying to free people from a virtual sim. Real life isn't much better; they're trapped on a damaged and failing space ship in orbit around a devastated Earth. Until everyone is out of the sim, the ship won't let them leave, but where are they going, and how can she persuade people to leave what seems like paradise to enter Hell?

A strange read, this one. I love the concept, but the writing leav
Katherine Hardisty-Cranstone
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to receive a free copy in an Instagram giveway and let me just say! The premise for this book was amazing. I really enjoyed the fast paced action of the plot.

The story is about a girl named Lake who is trying to rescue her fellow ship mates from the depth of a simulation. They're all on a space ship after escaping nuclear winter on Earth. The sim was originally intended to acclimate people to what life will be like when they return, but with a failing ship, time is running ou
Josh Hedgepeth
This book was provided by NetGalley and the publisher for a fair and honest review

It was fine. This book really wasn't for me. I didn't like the plot and characters were not that interesting. 2.5/5 stars

Full review pending

Rating Break Down
Writing Style: 5/10
Plot: 5/10
Characters: 4/10
Ending: 7/10
Engagement: 5/10
Enjoyment: 4/10
Comprehension: 8/10
Pacing: 7/10
Desire to Reread: 0/10
Special: 0/10
Final Rating: 2.38/5
Note, each rating is weighted based on personal importance.
Lauren Stoolfire
I loved Parker Peevyhouse's debut Where Futures End so I was really looking forward to trying Strange Exit. While I didn't quite enjoy this one as much, there's still a lot to like about it. I particularly like her writing style, all the twists, and visiting a world that's like The Matrix meets The 100 and Star Trek. I just wish I was more invested in the cast, and that we got just a little more in terms of world building. That would have really helped this new YA sci-fi novel stand out more fro ...more
This was...fine. It's definitely written for young readers who won't notice or mind the distinct lack of character development or glaring plot holes. There are so many loose ends left untied. I found the ending extremely disappointed and disjointed. I worry about my 8th graders' ability to understand the plot, especially towards the end as reality blurs and flip flops. I could use a second opinion, but don't really want to rush out and recommend it. ...more
Elizabeth Mellen
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was interesting. I had read Echo Room and enjoyed it - I like my thrillers to have a little sci-fi (or the other way around) and these fit well into that. This was a pretty quick, fun read, with a satisfying ending.
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, ya, ebook
In this new SciFi story, our main character of Lake is on a malfunctioning spaceship. In order to get it working again and head back to Earth, she must find the rest of the sleepers in The Sim and convince them that they are in stasis instead of their own created pockets of reality.
Even though I have never seen Inception, this book gave me those vibes of what I imagine that movie to be. I loved the weirdness of Lake walking from one pocket to something completely different and trying to figure o
Jan 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
I found this to be just okay for me. I wasn’t a huge fan of the main characters and I didn’t find their emotions to be so concrete as they changed so fast. The ending happened so fast and I didn’t have time to understand it and I still don’t fully understand it. Nothing really made me dislike the book but nothing made me like the book either so this book didn’t really do much for me and I’m feeling very neutral. The concept is very interesting and I would recommend if you’re interested because i ...more
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a captivating story about a 17yo girl on a spaceship escaping nuclear winter on earth. A tech billionaire held a lottery for high school kids and sent them into a virtual reality stasis to wait for earth to recover. But they were in the virtual reality for so long it ended up being hard to figure out what was reality and what was virtual. It reminded me a bit of the movie Inception.
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
I really wanted to like this more, but I just didn’t. I think the idea behind it is great, but this left me wanting. I like twisty books, but to not get to the answer until the last 10 pages left me frustrated.
Jan 22, 2020 rated it liked it
I think it would have been better if it had 50 - 100 pages more.
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