October 11, 2013

Review: Gated by Amy Christine Parker

Do the gates keep the unchosen out or the chosen in?
In Mandrodage Meadows, life seems perfect. The members of this isolated suburban community have thrived under Pioneer, the charismatic leader who saved them from their sad, damaged lives. Lyla Hamilton and her parents are original members of the flock. They moved here following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, looking to escape the evil in the world. Now seventeen, Lyla knows certain facts are not to be questioned:
Pioneer is her leader.
Will is her Intended.
The end of the world is near.
Like Noah before him, Pioneer has been told of the imminent destruction of humanity. He says his chosen must arm themselves to fight off the unchosen people, who will surely seek refuge in the compound's underground fortress--the Silo.
Lyla loves her family and friends, but given the choice, she prefers painting to target practice. And lately she'd rather think about a certain boy outside the compound than plan for married life in the Silo with Will. But with the end of days drawing near, she will have to pick up a gun, take a side, and let everyone know where she stands.
 This book is unlike any I have read before. It has a very unique & insightful storyline. The way the story is written gives you the feeling that it's a true life story. Very believable with character view points from both sides of the fence. You get a clear view of the overall picture. The main character is a combination of endearing qualities. She is smart & trusting & loyal & questioning & rational all at the same time. It's a very interesting combination in a character. Making her a delight to follow through her journey of self awakening. The other characters are a hodge podge of different personalities with a common goal. A terrifyingly cultish main goal. One that seems crazy and unrealistic for the people that live outside of the community. While making perfect sense to everyone inside the gate. This is a fascinating and intriguing look into the mind-set of a pre-end of the world group of people. Better described as a cult. The ending was thrilling and action packed. Not at all what I expected. Hope you like it too. Happy Reading !!!
Publisher-Random House Books for Young Readers
Reviewer Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by~Mechele
Thank you to the publisher for the donation of this book to the Read for your Future book program uin exchange for a honest review!


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