Saturday, October 5, 2013
Gated by Amy Christine Parker
Lyla lives in a community that is a doomsday cult led by a man who they call Pioneer. She and the other families have been hand picked by Pioneer to live there until the end of the world after which they will be the only survivors. Pioneer has chosen families with girls and boys the same ages - so they can all be paired up. Lyla's Intended is Will, a nice boy who has always been her best friend. They learn to fight and be self-sufficient and await the end of the world. Until Cody and his father, the sheriff, come to visit. Lyla is asked to give the handsome Cody a tour and soon the Brethren (gods?) tell Pioneer that the end of the world is coming sooner than anticipated and they must go to their underground silo to survive. I am not sure why the author used the "Brethren" in the sky concept - perhaps she was trying to avoid implicating God or any known religious groups? Anyway, that made it less realistic. In all, the story just doesn't quite have a real enough feeling to it.