Gated by Amy Christine ParkerGated by Amy Christine Parker


byAmy Christine Parker

Hardcover | August 6, 2013

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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, August 3, 2013:

"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."

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2013:
"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."

Publishers Weekly, June 10, 2013:
"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."

School Library Journal, October 2013:
"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?'"
"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."
AMY CHRISTINE PARKER writes full-time from her home near Tampa, Florida, where she lives with her husband, their two daughters, and one ridiculously fat cat. Visit her at and follow her on Twitter @amychristinepar.
Title:GatedFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.6 × 5.68 × 1.28 inPublished:August 6, 2013Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0449815978

ISBN - 13:9780449815977


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review from MajiBookshelf Gated gives you a front row seat, or more like the actual insider experience of what it is like to grow up and live in a cult. Initially when I started reading Gated, I just assumed that it is a dystopian book, however it really isn't. The rest of the world, outside Lyla's little community is living its life just like we currently are. However for Lyla, her family, and 20 other families, they live in a closed off, gated community run by Pioneer, the Brethren's prophet (Think psychotic cult leader using religion to brainwash these people). Before, whenever I hear stories about cults and what they do, I always wonder how blind the followers are.. can't they use logic and just SEE that how they're living is just all kinds of crazy? But being put in Lyla's shows.. and hearing what Pioneer says and how he manipulates them, I really can't blame these cult followers anymore. The synopsis says so much… but some of it is too much while other things are a bit misleading. I spent more than half of the novel waiting for Lyla to realize that Pioneer is a psycho.. but what I did spend almost half of the novel on is her obsessing over the Sherif's kid who came with his father in the community and went on a quick tour that Lyla got stuck showing. I get that this is the first time she talks to an Outsider, but this felt too insta-love-ish.. He wanted to meet her again, she says no, then tells him she's going to be at Walmart next saturday (once in a couple of months or years, a family goes to buy all the supplies).. then she spends the rest of the novel obsessing over him. I just disliked the direction the book took and wished it was more fast paced and spent more time after she figured out Pioneer doped them all. Still, towards the end you do get to witness some action and see Pioneer for who he really is.. and he is one scary sociopath. I personally didn't care much for the characters, not even Lyla, but I did like one person and that is Lyla's best friend, Marie. I wished we got more scenes with her. I would recommend this novel to people who have always wondered about cults. While some parts were boring and I wished the book picked up the pace quicker, I still enjoyed it overall.
Date published: 2014-05-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting We have Lyla who lives in the outskirts of New York (I'm assuming?) called the Community. She lives with her parents in a house with other families, led by Pioneer. On a routine inspection by the local sheriff, she meets an Outsider who changes her views and eventually her life. Pioneer may not be who he seems, and the world as she knows it may be different than what she was led to believe.  First of all, that cover creeped me out and it's why I was so intent to read this one first out of all the other ARCs. I just had to know why she was being creepy. Second, judging by the cover alone, I would have immediately thought it was dystopian, and it's not. I love when books surprise me like this. Instead of a dystopian, we're dealing with a cult-like community. In more ways than one, they're almost innocent, even child-like in their views and opinions. It must be such a simple life to lead. I loved how it unraveled all in one go, and from then on, it just kept unraveling. I was invested enough in the story to keep wondering WHY it was all happening. The ending left me feeling odd and also entirely grateful that I'm not in a cult LOL. As for the characters and their innocence, it made so much sense they wouldn't question their lives until someone put it in their head. By planting a seed of doubt, you can tell the moment it starts to happen for Lyla. This book was a strong four for me, but in the end, I settled on rating it a three. There was just that mere ending that made me realize it could be finished or it could keep going that made me rate it lower. Sometimes having the reader decide if it ended or not, isn't always the best way to go. Hopefully since I read the ARC, they changed the ending so it sounds a lot more put together. Overall, a very decent read that will keep you on your toes because of all the twists and creepy lurid tone of voice!
Date published: 2013-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Riveting! This book was done within a day and I honestly became completely invested in the story. Maybe this is because I am a silly girl and did not realize what was at the heart of this story because I had never read a single review or really looked past the amazing cover and alluring synopsis. Turns out that this was not the apocalyptic novel I thought I was diving into and you can call me naive or whatever you may like but I had no idea what this really was. Then I saw the cover says "Thriller" and I decided not too far in that I had made a mistake but a wonderful one. This book was better because it wasn't what I expected and took me into a world I would have never thought of venturing into. There is way more to this story than I had initially expected. Not that it was complicated or hard to follow but it was something that if you are like me and are not aware where this read is going to take you and what it is really about, it is more captivating. This book was amazing in its ability to show the power of words and just how willing people are to believe in something given the right circumstances. These are people that feel they are being saved from the end by a prophet and have faith in every word, every vision he has. This guy is beyond a master at what he does and maybe he even believes part of the venom he shares. Being segregated and only told what a person wants you to know can narrow down anyones ideas of what the world is really like and for the children, they know no other life. This read actually opened my eyes as to just how easy it is for some people to fall in a line and believe in something and not always because they aren't in sound mind. No part of me didn't go out to Lyla. She lived and grew up in a world that was sheltered and gave impressions of the outside world that were frightening. I don't believe that the book was meant for you to feel sorry for her but so many moments had my heart going out to her. She ended up here with her family because of the horrific loss of her sister but because she was still young when they got there, there isn't much beyond the community that she worries about. Lyla does however have a hard time accepting that she should kill the people beyond the gated community should the need arise. She is the one person that even though she believes, she hopes Pioneer is wrong and is open to ideas outside of her home. Despite being a part of the single minded community, Lyla is strong in her own way and was extremely easy to like, Were do I start with the men in this book. No they are not all romantic and you will all be happy to know that there is no triangle (they have appointed partners). No there are three men/boys that really all played their own part in this story. Pioneer was quite possibly the most influential because of his status as leader and prophet of Mandrodage Meadows. It was actually him and his behaviour that tipped me off as to what was really going on. Bit by bit you kind of get a first hand account of the cult leader and just how far you can get with a charismatic personality and the right words and promises. Like that Will is her intended and they are just meant to be. I liked Will for loving Lyla and being sweet but he was ultimately only doing what he was told and living with what he was told. There was no room for questions or hesitation with Will and it left a bad taste in my mouth. Cody was a bright light in a dark tunnel and the start of the end and that is in many different ways. We really don't get to know much about this boy but he is the one that tries to open Lyla's eyes. Everything above is a condensed version because I could talk in many different ways about many different things with this read. I was beyond captivated from the start because of the mystery and by the end I was hanging by a thread with the anticipation. Reading about this community and their beliefs was hard at times though because many of us would call it a cult and ultimately that is what it is but to the people that are on the inside of it all it is just the way of life. For me this is a learning experience and I am glad that I went in not knowing what I was stepping into because it pulled me through the more descriptive start and kept my mind moving. This is truly a unique read that I enjoyed on many levels and I look forward to more riveting reads from this talented author.
Date published: 2013-10-23

Editorial Reviews

“A tense psychological thriller that will leave you gasping for breath as you race to the very last page.” —Gretchen McNeil, author of Ten   “An awesome, creepy book that reminds me of my favorite cult films while still being surprising.” —   “Compelling. . . . This absorbing examination of a cult focuses on a teenage girl who begins to doubt their leader.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred   “I highly recommend Gated to fans of contemporary fiction with a twist. This one has a bit of everything—mystery, intense action, real life issues, and romance.” —My Book Addiction (blog)   “After the last page is turned, the question will linger: ‘Could I ever be deceived like this?’” —SLJ   “Highly recommended for fans of YA thrillers and contemporary fiction.” —A Dream Within a Dream (blog)   “Every once in a while a book comes along that leaves you reeling. Speechless. Shocked. Nothing you say will do it justice. Gated is that book. Chilling, horrifying, but beautiful. A MUST read.” —   “Action-packed and full of suspense. . . . It’s new and fresh, a step away from everything that’s out there right now.” —Me, My Shelf, and I (blog)   “A complex, intriguing tale rooted in real-world events.” —Publishers Weekly   “Mysterious, entrancing and dark, Gated brings in just the right amount of paced storytelling with the edge-of-your-reading-seats sense of suspense.” —   “An absolutely enrapturing book . . . I couldn’t put it down.” —In Libris Veritas (blog)   An entertaining and unique entry in a sea of generic YA novels.” —Fiction Frenzy (blog)   “If you need a summer thriller read with a smartly woven plot and a lamb-to-lion main character, then this book is for you.” —Great Imaginations (blog)   “An absolutely fascinating read with an original concept and an absolutely brilliant villain! Different with just the right touch of chilling.” —Fiction Freak (blog)   “Entertaining throughout.” —