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Review: Gated by Amy Christine Parker

Gated Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Published: August 6, 2013 by Random House Childrens
Length: 352 pages
Source: Random House Childrens (ARC)

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.


The setting of Gated is after the 9/11 tragedy and it is a post apocalyptic novel. I have mix feelings for this book. I do like how the main character, Lyla, changed from the beginning to the end of the book. She’s known as “Little Owl” because of her soft spot while the other people in her community are kick-ass and ready to fight whoever tries to invade their established community. Her actions and choices are believable which made her a good protagonist. Pioneer is the leader of Mandrodage Meadows (the community) and whatever he says, his people have to follow him or else there will be a punishment. He believes that the outside world (us) is full of evil, destruction, etc. I also like some of the supporting characters. I really liked Lyla’s bestfriend (I think her name is Marie? I forgot)  because she also changed from the beginning to the end. She’s sort of a rebel and is tempted to get things from the world beyond the gated. Also, per chapter, there’s a header, and in that header is a quote from other cult leaders which I thought was pretty creepy but unique because not all books have quotes at the top of the chapter.

What I did not like about this book is the lack of world building. It is mentioned in the book that there are more than 20 families in Mandrodage Meadows, but while reading it, you’ll feel like it’s a very small community, like there are only 8 families. If the author’s target is for the readers to be able to feel that there are more than 20 families in the community, well, the author didn’t do justice for me with the world building because I could only picture 10 families maximum. I’m not really sure how to picture their community except that there is a silo and it is gated. See? Lack of world building. More description of the place is appreciated. It would give the readers more “feel” of the place.

I also did not like the love triangle. It revolves around Lyla, Will, and Cody who lived outside of the gated. First of all, I didn’t buy how Cody ‘loves’ Lyla after being toured. Let’s say I’m on a college tour cause you know, I’m going to college next year. I decided I wanted to go to Unviersity of Whatever, and in UOW (University of Whatever) there’s this hot dude who tours me around the campus. After about an hour, the tour ends and I go home. End of story. That’s basically what happened except Lyla tours Cody around their community and Cody is swooned by Lyla and there’s no END OF STORY. I find that not believable and it could’ve been better. What’s worse? Lyla was ‘swooned’ by Cody also. I kind of understand that because she’s curious of guys who lives outside of the gated & Cody is different from the guys in her community BUT the fact that Will and Lyla have been best friends for 17 years and is bound to get married and suddenly BOOM she likes someone else (ehem Cody ehem) who’s only been with her for an hour and they only know each other’s names… ummm.. yeah. Did not buy that at all.

The book was a bit boring at the beginning, but the last 5 chapters got me flipping the pages. This book was not bad, and I did enjoy reading it because I wanted to see how the ending was going to be (was the world going to end like Pioneer predicted? Or not?).

3.5 of 5

Review: Unwind (Unwind #1) by Neal Shusterman

Unwind (Unwind, #1) Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Published: November 6, 2007 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Series: #1 (Unwind Dystology)
Length: 335 pages
Source: bought (at Barnes & Noble)

Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives.

The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.


I loved everything about this book! The writing style was really good; you’re able to feel the creepiness and spookiness. It’s told in 3rd person, but you’re still able to connect with the characters. This book switches point of views several times, BUT the transformation of different perspective transitioned SO WELL! It was very smooth and flawless. I also love how original the story is. Between the age of 13-18, you’ll have a chance (unfortunately) to be unwinded, meaning, the doctors will take your organs and other body parts and save them until someone needs a transplant.

There are 3 protagonists in this book: Connor, Risa and Lev. I freaking loved them! I love how there was a lot of character development and you could really see how the characters matured. The characters share their stories of how they ended up being signed up to be unwind and it was really sad! There are a lot of characters in this book but you won’t get them mixed up because they have different personalities, talents, and their own voice.

The world building is spectacular as well! There are SO MANY TWISTS in this book. It’s crazy (in a good way). I was kind of confused a bit with the “clappers” but then at the end I understood who they were. I also LOVE how there was barely any romance. YES! Honestly, I’m tired with romances in almost every young adult book. Like, not all teens have relationships. I highly recommend this book to everyone! I can’t wait to read the sequel, Unwholly, and more of Neal Shusterman’s books! If you love scary, fast-paced stories, then this is definitely for you.

4.5 of 5

Book Feature + Excerpt + Giveaway: Rush (The Game #1) by Eve Silver

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Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Published: June 11, 2013
Series: #1 (The Game)
Length: 361 pages

So what’s the game now? This, or the life I used to know? When Miki Jones is pulled from her life, pulled through time and space into some kind of game—her carefully controlled life spirals into chaos. In the game, she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures. There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Miki has only the guidance of secretive but maddeningly attractive team leader Jackson Tate, who says the game isn’t really a game, that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival, and the survival of every other person on this planet. She laughs. He doesn’t. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn.”

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There’s a flash of light, blindingly bright. Colored haloes obscure my vision. They dance and flicker and then disappear, leaving only a rectangle of light boxed in by the dark doorframe. I see then that the door’s gone and in front of me are people. No…they aren’t people. They have limbs, hair, faces, but they aren’t human. After the first glance, they don’t look even remotely human. They’re pure, painful white, so bright they throw off a glare. They look like they’ve been dipped in glass, smooth and polished, but fluid. And their eyes…they’re a silvery color, like the mercury in the antique thermometer that my mom used to have at the side of the front porch. When I was ten, I knocked that thermometer off with my wooden kendo sword, shattering the glass. The little blobs of mercury went all over the porch. I was a kid. I didn’t know better. I touched them, prodding the little balls until they joined the bigger blob. My mom swooped down on me and snatched me away, telling me it was poison. It could kill me. I stare at the things in front of me: the Drau. I can’t look away. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I remember Jackson talking about Medusa. Don’t look at their eyes. Their mercury eyes. They’re poison. They will kill me.

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