Thursday, 6 March 2014

The Haven by Carol Lynch Williams

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to St. Martin's Press and Netgalley.
The Haven
Blurb (from Goodreads):
For the teens at The Haven, the outside world, just beyond the towering stone wall that surrounds the premises, is a dangerous unknown. It has always been this way, ever since the hospital was established in the year 2020. But The Haven is more than just a hospital; it is their home. It is all they know. Everything is strictly monitored: education, exercise, food, and rest. The rules must be followed to keep the children healthy, to help control the Disease that has cast them as Terminals, the Disease that claims limbs and lungs—and memories.

But Shiloh is different; she remembers everything. Gideon is different, too. He dreams of a cure, of rebellion against the status quo. What if everything they’ve been told is a lie? What if The Haven is not the safe place it claims to be? And what will happen if Shiloh starts asking dangerous questions?

The Haven by Carol Lynch Williams

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

The Haven(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to St. Martin's Press and Netgalley.)
Teenager Shiloh lives at The Haven Hospital and Halls, and most of all hates when her fellow inmates are called out during lunch and never seen again.
The kids at Haven are ‘Terminals’, kids who are destined to die, and who must be kept away from the general population for fear of them catching disease.
It seems that the staff may not have been 100% truthful with the kids at Haven though, and a revolution is brewing.
Are the kids at Haven really ‘terminal’? Or do they have some other purpose?

This was an okay story, but it didn’t really seem like anything new.

Shiloh was an okay character, but she did come across as a bit dense at times. Okay, some of this may have been intentional due to the drugs she was on, but it was almost as if she didn’t want to know the truth, and was happy in her drugged-up little cocoon doing exactly as she was told.

The storyline in this book reminded me of several other books, which explored very similar topics. People are cloned, their clones are used for spare parts, these clones are kept drugged and docile, until someone starts some kind of a revolution and the clones try to make it on their own.
This story followed the above generalised plotline to a tee, and Shiloh wasn’t a strong enough character to really make the story more striking. I guessed most of what would happen, and there wasn’t really anything new here for me.
The ending was okay, but played out as expected really. It also seems highly unlikely that the way this book ended would really be the end in this kind of a situation.
Overall; an okay story, but not really anything new,
6.5 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. I don't usually like unoriginal books but I am still interested in this one.