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A fast-paced, nerve-fraying contemporary thriller that questions loyalties and twists truths.

Appearances can be deceiving.

Lyla Hamilton is a loyal member of the Community. Her family was happy to be chosen by Pioneer to join such an lovely gated neighborhood. Here, life seems perfect.

But after meeting Cody, an outsider boy, Lyla starts questioning Pioneer, her friends, her family - everything. And if there's one thing not allowed in the Community, it's doubt. As Pioneer cleverly manipulates his flock toward disaster, the real question is: Will Lyla follow her heart or follow Pioneer over the edge? From the outside looking in, it's hard to understand why anyone would join a cult. But Gated tells the story from the inside looking out, and from behind the gates things are not quite so simple. Amy Christine Parker's beautiful writing creates a chilling, utterly unique YA story. Perfect for fans of creepy thrillers and contemporary fiction alike.

"A tense psychological thriller that will leave you gasping for breath as you race to the very last page." (Gretchen McNeil, author of Ten)

"When I found out that there was a YA book about cults, of course I had to read it. As it turns out, Amy Christine Parker’s Gated is an awesome, creepy book that reminds me of my favorite cult films while still being surprising." (HelloGiggles.com)

"Parker doesn’t pull punches, indicating a level of brutality that will appropriately disturb even as it successfully conveys Lyla’s complete entrapment in the Community. Compelling and not that distant from real-world cults that have ended in tragedy." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

"Parker skillfully explores the mindset and inner workings of an apocalyptic cult, steadily building toward the inevitable moment of truth.... As for the apocalypse itself, Parker keeps things suitably ambiguous, resulting in a complex, intriguing tale rooted in real-world events." (Publishers Weekly)

"This well-plotted tale will allow readers a glimpse into the possible world of a doomsday cult.... The language is accessible, making it a good choice for reluctant readers. After the last page is turned, the question will linger: 'Could I ever be deceived like this?'" (School Library Journal)

"A well-rounded and thorough look into cults while still remaining entertaining throughout. I look forward to reading more of Parker's works in the future." (Examiner)

©2013 Amy Christine Parker (P)2013 Listening Library

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"Parker doesn't pull punches, indicating a level of brutality that will appropriately disturb even as it successfully conveys Lyla's complete entrapment in the Community. Compelling and not that distant from real-world cults that have ended in tragedy." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"Parker skillfully explores the mindset and inner workings of an apocalyptic cult, steadily building toward the inevitable moment of truth...As for the apocalypse itself, Parker keeps things suitably ambiguous, resulting in a complex, intriguing tale rooted in real-world events." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Thrilling!

I was about to give up hope for the YA genre in general when "Gated" crossed my path. Let's be honest: YA books with an interesting premise AND a story that delivers what was promised are scarce. This one is a wonderful exception. "Gated" has a clever hook and it delivers. The story is riveting, it features believable, life-like characters and a thought provoking plot. It moved me, it made me think, it made me cry and scream at the pages, wanting to throttle Pioneer (the antagonist). And this is just what I expect from a brilliant read. The author makes it easy to understand the members of the cult, all awhile despising what they do, and leaves you with the question: Would I react any different under the same circumstances? I'm not too sure if my answer would be "yes".

I am in love with Amy Christine Parker's subtle and elegant style. She only tells you what you need to know and leaves you to feel the rest. There is no info dropping, no stereotyes, just plain good storytelling. I'll definately read the sequel, I'll definately check out her further writings. Consider me hooked. "Gated" is a perfect YA Thriller.

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