Catacomb

Catacomb

Paperback | June 14, 2016

byMadeleine Roux

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The heart-stopping third book in the New York Times bestselling Asylum series follows three teens as they take a senior-year road trip to one of America's most haunted cities, uncovering dangerous secrets from their past along the way. With all the thrills, chills, and eerie found photographs that led Publishers Weekly to call Asylum "a strong YA debut," Catacomb is perfect for fans for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

Sometimes the past is better off buried.

Senior year is finally over. After all they've been through, Dan, Abby, and Jordan are excited to take one last road trip together, and they're just not going to think about what will happen when the summer ends. But on their way to visit Jordan's uncle in New Orleans, the three friends notice that they're being followed . . . and photographed. Then Dan starts receiving messages from someone he didn't expect to hear from again—someone who died last Halloween.

When the trio arrives in New Orleans and the strange occurrences only escalate, Dan is forced to accept that everything that has happened to him in the past year may not be a coincidence but fate—a fate that ties Dan to a group called the Bone Artists, who have a sinister fascination with notorious killers of the past.

Now Dan's only hope is that he will make it out of his senior trip alive.

Don’t miss the spine-tingling prequel, Escape from Asylum. Fans can read an exclusive sneak preview in the Catacomb paperback edition. 

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The heart-stopping third book in the New York Times bestselling Asylum series follows three teens as they take a senior-year road trip to one of America's most haunted cities, uncovering dangerous secrets from their past along the way. With all the thrills, chills, and eerie found photographs that led Publishers Weekly to call Asylum "...

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Sometimes the past is better off buried.Senior year is finally over. After all they’ve been through, Dan, Abby, and Jordan are excited to take one last road trip together, to visit Jordan’s uncle in New Orleans. But on the way, the three friends notice that someone appears to be following them. Then Dan starts receiving phone messages ...

Madeleine Roux was born in Minnesota. She received a BA in creative writing and acting from Beloit College in 2008. In the spring of 2009, she completed an honors term at Beloit College, proposing, writing and presenting a full-length historical fiction novel. Afterward, she began the experimental fiction blog Allison Hewitt Is Trapped...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.79 inPublished:June 14, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062364065

ISBN - 13:9780062364067

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Series Never Got Better What a mood change. This book didn't fit with the general feel of the previous two books of the series even though it still had some spook factor and it felt so out of place. There was also a lot that was confusing and felt poorly constructed, explained, and tied up. Even less awkward teen dialogue in this one, but it's still there and the characters are still pretty one-sided. Dan hasn't changed in the way that he feels like a middle grader instead of a teenager, but at least the newer characters had a bit more to offer. There isn't much to say about this book. It felt so unnecessary and heavy to introduce the conspiracy aspect into it and to have it end so simply cheapened it. Jordan's long-distance relationship with Cal was also laughable. From what we were shown of the man, he would not have given up a grudge so easily and have gotten with him so it really cheapened his character and made it seem like the author only wanted to pair him with someone - as if Dan's point of the story was his family heritage (I still don't know the ins and out of that), Abby's was about living the stereotypical artist life, and Jordan's was all about being gay and trying to find somewhere to fit in and be happy. It makes them so one-sided and there could've been so much more to them. I'll reference one point of the plot (out of many) that didn't make sense to me and it was Micah contacting both Dan and Oliver near the beginning of the book. Unless it was someone pretending to be him (which is likely but it wasn't clear) then it wouldn't make sense for Micah to tell the couple where Dan was then to tell Dan to go because they were after him (that in itself also didn't make sense since Micah was supposed to be Oliver's friend). I felt like Micah's involvement in this story was cheap, also. The author could've done more with his ghost but in the end he was just used as a communication tool to add drama and conflict - and if that was his only purpose, it really ruined his character. Another point was when Jordan's uncle was injured soon before Dan was caught; from a plot perspective, it seemed so unnecessary. As for the group, it felt so unnecessary to even have them there. It was just an excuse for Dan to end up in that city and the other two played barely any part in it all, being overshadowed instead by a couple of characters that only appear once to fill their plot role (one-use characters is yet another thing the author has a problem with). I don't even want to mention how Dan's mom plays into this plot pretty pointlessly<spoiler> (really, what was she doing all those years?) and the epilogue was so terribly done. It would've been better if she had actually died and someone else had done her tasks (her being alive wasn't even necessary for Dan to bargain with since no one knew the truth if they weren't paying attention to his birth date happening long after her apparent death) because it felt like yet another point added in to the story after the fact.</spoiler> One thing that has bothered me throughout the series is Dan's condition. I don't recall it ever being explained, and while I don't like using 'gimmick' to describe things like this since it's such a toxic sounded word for something that can be done well that's exactly what his condition felt like. It wasn't explained how he got it (was he born with it), his medication looked like it barely did anything, and it wasn't clear if the nightmares and the blackouts were part of the same condition. So much just didn't make sense throughout this series (also, I don't think Jordan's lip piercing would make a scraping noise if he played with it with his tongue - a tongue piercing would've made more sense, although the piercing in general felt out of place) and I can't stand it because it feels so sloppy and disjointed. At least Dan had to sacrifice a little something, but for what we were given through these three books (like his laughable relationship with Abby) it didn't 'repay the debt' of having to put up with so much amateur work. There simply wasn't anything worth giving this book a third star and the entire series was a waste. I honestly believe there was some potential and that it made it through the doors of the author's home (not even the publishing house - it shouldn't even have reached there) far too prematurely. A firmer grasp on the entire plot before writing book one would've helped a lot and relying more on good work than appealing to the nerdy youth out there would've made this into something decent. As it turned out, the photos throughout were pointless, the characters barely got any better, and the plot suffered until the very end. The journey was pointless (hey, what happened with Felix?) because the characters ended up not that far off from where they were at the start of the series and I just can't congratulate such a waste of my time in the hopes that things would get better as the story progressed because it never really did. I doubt I'll ever pick up anything by this author because of what I was shown here. I wouldn't recommend this series at all to anyone. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Catacombs Just as much creepy and edge of your seat excitement as the first two books. Being set in New Orleans brings a deep historical element to spice up Dan, Abbey and Jordans big road trip.
Date published: 2015-10-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enchanted Book Nook Review My Review: In this third installment of the Asylum series, Dan, Jordan, and Abby are taking a road trip to New Orleans before everyone goes off to college. But with Dan's past, nothing ever goes as planned, and before the trio now, they are elbow deep in a new mystery surrounding Dan and his parents, Micah and a host of new characters. I love this series, there's always mystery when it comes to Dan and his past, and that past keeps popping up no matter where he is. This series always takes readers for some loops, however, for me personally, the loops in the book seem to confuse me, having me ask more questions than I got answers. There is a book out called Scarlets that I have yet to read, and is supposed to talk about events taking place before the series. While you do not have to read that book to read the Asylum series, I wonder if that would help me understand of how the cult and Dan are related, unless he and his friends just happened to stumble across it at NHC. The same is true with Felix and Professor Ryes. They both appeared to be completely nuts, and after their fates, you don't hear too much about them, just a mention here and there. I would think those characters who cause major havoc in the first two books, would some how be related to all this. Finally, Warden Crawford, yet again, a character that has a big part in one of the books, and then all of a sudden you only get a few mentions here and there. I understand each book is a new adventure and mystery for Dan and his friends, but I would think the book would address some of those stories in this book. The only real follow up we get is Micah. Despite my personal irritants thinking all of this has to fit together somehow, I did enjoy this book. Set in New Orleans, with a ton of conspiracy and freaky moments, you have a great book to get into a spooky state of mind. The last few chapters of the book are, in my opinion, the best out of the whole book. Even though they are short, they are kind of mind blowing. Positive Elements: It may seem that Dan is in a very bad place, with everything that has been going on since they arrived in New Orleans, even he and his friends getting into a major fight. Despite all that, Abby and Jordan still look out for Dan, and come to his aid when he needs them the most. Negative Elements: Like the first two books, this one does include some underage drinking, and swear words. The worst swear you hear is the F-Word, which is used only once, s**t a hand full of times, and then the words that you typically hear on television. Spiritual Elements: God's name is misused throughout the book. Other Thoughts: I'm hoping there is another book on the way to follow up on some of my unanswered questions.
Date published: 2015-10-04

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Editorial Reviews

“Roux’s use of found photographs, text messages, and excellent chapter hooks will keep readers up late, following the misadventures of the appealingly geeky honor students.”