Asylum

Asylum

Hardcover | August 20, 2013

byMadeleine Roux

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Madeleine Roux''s New York Times bestselling Asylum is a thrilling and creepy photo-illustrated novel that Publishers Weekly called "a strong YA debut that reveals the enduring impact of buried trauma on a place." Featuring found photographs from real asylums and filled with chilling mystery and page-turning suspense, Asylum is a horror story that treads the line between genius and insanity, perfect for fans of Miss Peregrine''s Home for Peculiar Children.

For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, the New Hampshire College Prep program is the chance of a lifetime. Except that when Dan arrives, he finds that the usual summer housing has been closed, forcing students to stay in the crumbling Brookline Dorm—formerly a psychiatric hospital. As Dan and his new friends Abby and Jordan start exploring Brookline''s twisty halls and hidden basement, they uncover disturbing secrets about what really went on here . . . secrets that link Dan and his friends to the asylum''s dark past. Because Brookline was no ordinary mental hospital, and there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.

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Madeleine Roux's New York Times bestselling Asylum is a thrilling and creepy photo-illustrated novel that Publishers Weekly called "a strong YA debut that reveals the enduring impact of buried trauma on a place." Featuring found photographs from real asylums and filled with chilling mystery and page-turning suspense, Asylum is a horror story that treads the line between genius and insanity, perfec...

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Once you get in, there's no getting out.For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, a summer program for gifted students is the chance of a lifetime. No one else at his high school gets his weird fascinations with history and science, but at the New Hampshire College Prep program, such quirks are all but required.Dan arrives to find that the usual summer housing has been closed, forcing students to stay in...

Madeleine Roux is theNew York Timesbestselling author ofAsylum, which has sold into nine countries around the world, and its sequel,Sanctum, whichSLJcalled "seriously spooky."Catacombis the third installment in the series about Dan, Abby, and Jordan. Madeleine is also the author ofAllison Hewitt Is TrappedandSadie Walker Is Stranded. A graduate of the Beloit College MFA program, Madeleine now lives in Southern Califo...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.05 inPublished:August 20, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062220969

ISBN - 13:9780062220967

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this booked i really enjoyed the pictures
Date published: 2016-06-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Way too much advertising I had heard such great things about this book and was super excited to read it since I love a good creepy asylum story. I was very disappointed.... I really really wanted to love this book and it did have some very good moments. The main plot backbone about the orphans was great, but everything fell apart from there. There was so much advertising for Montreal that it ended up being exceptionally awkward with the author having to mention multiple times how great Montreal is and the exact location and how much the character loves living there. A location can be used to set a scene, but it was less about the scene and more about the name of a place and how much it's loved. Don't tell me facts, describe it to me and make me feel like I'm there enjoying it with the character. The author came across a great plot, and it was so unbelievably disappointing that the writing didn't make it as amazing as it could have been.
Date published: 2016-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the Weird!! I loved this series (Asylum, Sanctum, Catacomb)!! I loved everything about it!! I have been into a lot of books lately that have the super weird, kind of creep factor to them and I don't know if that makes me have a twisted mind, or an interesting mind, but either way, I don't care because I loved everything about these books.!
Date published: 2015-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totes Creepy and Amaze-ballzzzz!!!!! This book was so creepy! I knew when I bought Asylum and its sequel, Sanctum, I was going to love them. Dat plot-twist tho! I didn't see any of it coming. Is book is filled with the most creepiest things ever. Daniel Crawford expects to have fun on his summer prep program for gifted students seminar, put trouble lurks around ever corner and behind every closed door. The usual dorm is unavailable for the summer due to recent renovations. So Dan and his friends have to stay in the old, crumbling former psychiatric hospital Brookline. While exploring his room, Dan finds an old photograph of a man with his eyes scratched out. His roommate informs him of an abandoned office on the first floor that used to be the warden's. It's been off limits ever since the hospital shut down decades ago. Felix tells Dan that he has been exploring down there recently and found several different photos like the one Dan found. Dan's curiosity gets the best of him and eventually leads he and his friends, Jordan and Abby, down into the office. Dan and his friends uncover very shocking secrets of what went on back when the psychiatric hospital was up and running. Secrets that connect Dan to the warden and his experiments. A serial killer named "The Sculptor" was once a patient at the asylum and could still be out there. Soon after leaving the office, Dan sees things that aren't there, has visions through the warden's eyes, and starts to lose pieces of his memory. Asylum was a very satisfying horror story for me. It gave me goosebumps. Do not read it at night! But give it a chance anyway!
Date published: 2015-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A very good book Creepy in all the right parts though at times it can be a little "house on haunted hill". In the end it was probably more predictable than I thought it was, but if you just sit back and enjoy the story it can definitely suck you in!
Date published: 2015-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Edge Of Your Seat Read I cannot begin to express just how much I loved reading this book. I wasn't even halfway through it and I had already purchased the second book in this series. This is truly a creepy read as it blends young adults, an old and abandoned asylum with portions of it turned into dorm rooms, vintage pictures and of course an eerily paranormal factor. Edge of your seat, spine tingling read that pulls you in right from the very beginning and overwhelms your senses with a strong storyline, well developed characters and the world building was fantastic. I can't wait to start reading the second book as I must say that I was completely impressed by the author's skill at storytelling and the goosebumps I got while reading this book.
Date published: 2015-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enchanted Book Nook Review My Review: Dan Crawford is a 16 year old boy is attending the New Hampshire College Prep summer program. Although for Dan, it’s a little more than just that. At his high school, Dan is an outcast, and he’s hoping that this summer, being in a brand new place, will allow for him to make friends before he starts college. However, when he arrives on campus, Dan learns that the dorms he is being housed in all summer used to be an old asylum. A last resort for the criminally insane, a place where bad things happened. As Dan and his new friends, Abby and Jordan explore the hidden parts of the dorms, they will soon discover that it’s no coincidence all 3 of them ended up there, for the asylum holds a key to a very terrifying past. WOW! I loved this book! I had a very hard time putting it down! For me, it was a total page turner, and I just had to see what was coming next. I live maybe 30 miles from the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, and have always let my mind wonder about the place. So this definitely up my alley. It has ghosts, mystery, a touch of romance, and old hidden secrets. This is one of the best books to set up for a spooky feeling or a great read for Halloween. The book moved at a great pace, not too fast nor too slow. There was just enough air of mystery to keep me turning the pages, and enough romance, that it didn’t overpower the rest of the story. Of course, I loved the photos throughout the book, if anything, there could of been more (again I’m just drawn to that stuff because of TALA). I think I finished this within a week, and went of over the weekend and got the 2nd book. I’m very excited to see where these characters are now, how they have changed (if any) from their time spent at Brookline, and what other terrors await them. I only had one problem with the book: How exactly did Jordan fit into the secrets of Brookline? The way the jacket read, Abby, Dan, and Jordan were tied in someway by the asylum, but unless I overlooked this, there was no explanation. With that being said, the book took a turn I never saw coming, and it ended in a way I would have ever expected. I just wished the book would’ve talked a little bit more with the aftermath of Felix, and and dug a little deeper into Dan’s family history. But, hopefully the next book will fill in a little bit of those gaps. Now, there are a lot of negative reviews for this book out there. Which is totally cool, everyone is entitled to their opinions. However, a lot of them state this book is great for fans of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, which some readers feel it is not. I have to agree, I’ve read the book, but actually didn’t care for it, so maybe that’s where the problem comes from. The only similarity is the old pictures. But regardless if you are a fan of Miss Peregrine or not, this shouldn’t be compared, the only way to decide is to read! Positive Elements: Despite some of Dan’s “issues” he makes quick friends with both Abby and Jordan. Dan has had a pretty tough life, but he loves the family who adopted him and he wouldn’t trade them for the world. Negative Elements: There are swear words throughout this book. Of course, Dan, Abby, and Jordan sneaking into the old office. Jordan did some underage drinking for a page or so, because he got upset with Dan and Abby. Naked girls and boys are mentioned as being in Abby’s drawing class. Spiritual Elements: Ghosts are brought up a lot, with being in an old asylum and all. God’s name is misused several times, and Jordan mentioned praying to many gods. Dan suspects a pastor of a heinous crime. Other Thoughts: Let’s not forget the fact that the author references Doctor Who! I was so pleased with this book, and I can’t wait to being reading the second!
Date published: 2015-06-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An ok read I didn't hate this book, yet I did not love it either. I loved the altered photos, the cover, the chapter pages, all beautiful. I found the story to be incredibly simple, but that not a bad thing. This is not meant to be the next great piece of literature, its meant to entertain and scare and take you away. those are where my issues came in. I found the setting wonderfully done, the building captured in words perfectly. However there were some areas that felt forced, like those passages were forced around a photo rather then finding the right photo to fit the passage. I also had difficulty connecting with the characters. I think the story just needed to be more fleshed out, a little more fully realized. Really just longer. but still a good way to spend a couple hours.
Date published: 2015-03-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An ok read I didn't hate this book, yet I did not love it either. I loved the altered photos, the cover, the chapter pages, all beautiful. I found the story to be incredibly simple, but that not a bad thing. This is not meant to be the next great piece of literature, its meant to entertain and scare and take you away. those are where my issues came in. I found the setting wonderfully done, the building captured in words perfectly. However there were some areas that felt forced, like those passages were forced around a photo rather then finding the right photo to fit the passage. I also had difficulty connecting with the characters. I think the story just needed to be more fleshed out, a little more fully realized. Really just longer. but still a good way to spend a couple hours.
Date published: 2015-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I liked this book. This book was different from other book series I've read. I enjoyed the mystery! Gonna read the second book!
Date published: 2015-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very creepy Loved this book but I think I'll probably be sleeping with the lights on for a while. Hope there's another one coming to finish the story.
Date published: 2014-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Asylum by Madeline Roux Could not think of a better book, page Turner, I think a movie out of this story would be terrifying. Love love the pictures makes everything seem much real. Great job to the team, editors and you Mrs Roux for such a great read.
Date published: 2014-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book! I finished this book in one day. I just couldn't put it down! I really hope there is a sequel!!
Date published: 2014-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book Quick read, well written.
Date published: 2013-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unexpected, Yet Wonderful Discovery The setting and atmosphere of this book was amazing ! For the first several chapters I got a beautiful classic beginning to a horror/ thriller book and of course when both the suspense and, for me, the anxiety was building you're saying the whole time; "Don't look at those pictures, Don't look into the asylums past !" It was a great read and I truly recommend this to any lovers out there of creepy books like Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Date published: 2013-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A real gem! I picked this book up by chance off the stores "recommendation" shelf and was taken back by how engrossing it was! I ended up reading it in just two sittings - and I still couldn't stop thinking about it in between that! I also enjoyed the pictures that accompanied the story, which were both strangely interesting and eerie to glimpse at between chapters. I felt strongly connected to the trio of main characters as if I were a part of their group from the very beginning, so needless to say, it was a definite page-turner for me. I'm happy I discovered this author and now to look forward to checking out some of her other books!
Date published: 2013-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 4.5 Straight Jackets! Do you like to be frightened? This book ups the Creep Factor to the nth degree! The photos are enough to keep you awake at night and make your skin crawl! I'm a horror book/movie junkie. I like to be taken to levels of horror that I've never been before. In Asylum, Madeleine Roux takes us to New Hampshire College, where the dorms named Brookline have been converted from an old asylum. That's the first creep factor. Could you imagine living in a dorm that once housed homicidal maniacs? Yup. That's creepy! Add in strange happenings and bone chilling pictures that Roux artfully weaves into the story and you're going to be reading with the lights on and cuddling your Teddy Bear! Without giving away too much of the story, I enjoyed Roux's characters and the relationships that they build. The ending was not without suspense, however I would have liked a little more information as to the motivation of the "suspect". I also felt that the Professor could have added an added element to the story and I thought she could have helped the ending a little bit. I did enjoy this book and would recommend it to readers who like a good horror. The story stands alone, but the pictures definitely help to give it the 4.5 Straight Jacket rating! Happy reading and don't forget your Teddy Bear!
Date published: 2013-08-27