Astray

Astray

Book - 2014
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Lyla thought she was free from the survivalist Community, but it is hard to break the hold their leader Pioneer has even though he is in jail--and he is planning to use his powerful influence to get his revenge on Lyla and the town.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780449816035
0449816036
9780449816028
0449816028
9780449816042
Characteristics: 343 pages ; 22 cm

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BWilsoned
Oct 08, 2015

Still a tense story with Lyla at the center of the storm as she tries to figure out where she fits in--with the Outsiders or in the Community. Even from prison, Pioneer directs his followers on what to do, including teaming up with "Freedom Rangers" (aka gun-toting government haters) to give that old apocalypse a jump start.

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bs_freiheit94
Sep 12, 2015

Definitely not the worst book I have ever read, but definitely not the best. This put an interesting spin on the YA genre, with a cult and kind of religious following that has gone very wrong. I did not read Gated first and I thought that it really was not a problem - Parker explains the whole previous situation and I actually felt that the book started really strong considering.

The writing style was not great, I felt that Parker could have gone a little bit deeper into some of the details of the whole situation. It was written for a very young audience and I think the language and content of the book really reflects that. The ending was pretty anticlimactic for me and I wish it had been a little better resolved. It kinda just ended on a rather happy note. I think that Parker could have made the story a lot darker and a lot more dramatic given the subject content.

All in all, I will now read Gated and be done with this series, never to open either one of them again.

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bs_freiheit94
Sep 12, 2015

bs_freiheit94 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 18

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Sep 12, 2015

“I'm not trying to take your beliefs away from you. Really. All I'm asking is that you consider why you believe them." Her eyes rest on me. "Questions aren't bad, in fact they're necessary when you're trying to figure out just exactly what you stand for.”
― Amy Christine Parker, Astray

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