Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Book Review: Gated by Amy Christine Parker

GatedGated by Amy Christine Parker
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is all about the Kool-Aid.

Lyla is part o f a community that some may call a cult (it’s a cult). They are led by a charismatic man they call Pioneer and they are preparing for the end of the world that will occur in a couple of months. They have limited access to the outside, have a gigantic underground bunker and have figured out that they are the only ones that have been saved and everyone else is evil. Lyla doesn’t think this is a cult, but the truth of what is about to happen. When this is how you were raised, you are pretty set on your beliefs. That is, until you start using your head and see that things don’t quite make sense. Why does this outsider that is supposedly evil treat her so well? Why is the person they are supposed to trust seem a little unhinged?

I had no idea what this book was about when I started it. I actually was thinking it was about a world where the apocalypse had already happened. I was pleasantly surprised by the book. It is a slow paced thriller as it slowly builds up the suspense and tension until it all comes to exploding action. We feel empathy for Lyla as she realizes that things are not as they seem. I did take issue with how quickly Lyla puts her trust in the outsider, a boy who is hot. Actually, I think that is why she starts trusting him, his high degree of hotness. For someone who has an ingrained mistrust of outsiders, Lyla changes her mind pretty quickly.

This book is a fiction book, but it is frighteningly close to reality. Peoples Temple (they drank the poisoned flavor-aid), Solar Temple and Heaven’s Gate are clear examples. This book can be either a work of fiction or a cautionary warning. Amy Christine Parker, the author, builds a very believable world (too believable) that convincingly shows how someone can be led into such acts by a charismatic leader.
Read it.

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*Received for free from Amazon Vine for purposes of a review. 

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