I admit it, I am a huge fan of young adult and dystopian novels. The Hunger Games did it for me. So, I went into this one expecting another typical dystopian/apocalyptic story based around a teen protagonist where everything works out in the end. Was I ever pleasantly surprised! The story centers around the Community, a cult-like compound founded after 9/11 under the premise of protecting its members from the evils of the world and the eventual end of mankind as we know it. The story is told from Lyla’s point of view. Having been part of the Community since she was a young child, she unquestioningly follows along with the community leaders. After all, this is the only world she has ever know. But things are so much more than we are led to believe. This book combines the best aspects of a young adult/dystopian/psychological thriller into one well-written package. The characters are nicely developed, believable, and most importantly for me, extremely likeable. While I had an idea where the story was heading, the author kept me guessing until the end. It’s also a nice, safe read for young adults without any overtly irresponsible behaviors on the part of the teenagers involved. This one was a five star read for me!
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