Gated by Amy Christine Parker
Publisher: Random House Childrens
Release Date: August 6, 2013
Source: Gift from a friend
In the Community, life seems perfect. Lyla Hamilton believes she is one of the chosen. Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Pioneer invited her family to join the Community and escape the evil in the world. They've thrived under his strict, charismatic leadership. 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.
Pioneer has visions of the imminent destruction of humanity. He says his chosen must prepare to fight off the unchosen people, who will surely seek refuge in the Silo, the underground shelter where the Community will wait out the apocalypse.
Lyla loves her family and friends, but a chance encounter with an unchosen boy has her questioning Pioneer, the Community--everything. She needs time to figure out the truth. But with Pioneer's deadline for the end of days fast approaching, time is the one thing she doesn't have. (From Random House Kids)
This book was insanely addictive and totally crazy. I was not at all ready for what I got when I went into reading Gated. I knew it was about some sort of closed off community with a leader like the ones you read about on the internet and hear in the news. I didn’t expect to really get invested in Lyla’s point of view and beliefs of what it was to live in the inside one of these communities.
Lyla and her family along with many others have been living in this community for years, separated from the rest of the world, somewhere in the middle of nowhere. They have this very convincing and often creepy leader that brainwashed them and have given up everything to live in this place because supposedly they are the chosen ones by some beings that speak only to this leader. It sounds absolutely crazy but while I was reading this and getting the backstory of it all, seeing how this people lived, how they believed this man so deeply it kind of messed with my head too. I was halfway hoping that maybe everything he told them was true, and maybe the end of the world was coming for them, he was that convincing. Until of course things started going wrong for him and Lyla began having doubts herself. That’s when we started to see the real truth and the evil behind it all.
What was a little bit creepy too where the quotes we get on top of each chapter from other crazy real life leaders of communities in the past, it was chilling to read what these men were telling their followers and made this story much more scarier to read. I was afraid for these people’s lives and also angry at them because they didn’t want to see this guy for what he really was and kept blaming poor Lyla for everything. They were completely brainwashed and didn’t want to accept the truth, it was aggravating! Also, Lyla’s parents, man did they pissed me off! Especially the mom.. grrr! I wanted someone to slap some sense into that woman. This book just brought out lots of emotions on me that showed just how invested I was in the story. Even though it was scary to get into the lives of these people and their beliefs it was also very interesting and I highly recommend it if you want something new and completely out of the ordinary.