Saturday, 21 June 2014

The One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth

Sponsored post: I was able to view a digital galley of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Algonquin Books and Netgalley.
The One Safe Place
Blurb (from Goodreads):
In this near-future dystopia with echoes of "The Giver" and "Among the Hidden," Tania Unsworth has created an unsettling page-turner fast-paced, smooth, filled with dread that s wholly satisfying and startlingly original.

Devin doesn t remember life before the world got hot; he has grown up farming the scorched earth with his grandfather in their remote valley. When his grandfather dies, Devin heads for the city. Once there, among the stark glass buildings, he finds scores of children, just like him, living alone on the streets. They tell him rumors of a place for abandoned children, with unlimited food and toys and the hope of finding a new family. But only the luckiest get there.

An act of kindness earns Devin an invitation to the home, but it s soon clear that it s no paradise. As Devin investigates the intimidating administrator and the zombie-like sickness that afflicts some children, he discovers the home s horrific true mission. The only real hope is escape, but the place is as secure as a fortress.

Fans of dystopian fiction and spine-chilling adventure will devour "The One Safe Place"; its haunting themes will resonate long after readers have turned the final page.

The One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth

My rating: 1.75 of 5 stars

The One Safe Place(Source: I was able to view a digital galley of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Algonquin Books and Netgalley.)
Devin lives in a dystopian world where the high temperature has caused big problems. After burying his grandfather, Devin decides to go to the city to get help.
Can Devin survive without his grandfather? And will he find the help he needs in the city?

I though this book sounded quite promising from the blurb, but in reality I just didn’t like it.

Devin was an okay character if a little naïve. I felt quite sorry for him at the beginning of the story. Finding himself all alone, and unable to cope with the workload of a farm after single-handedly burying his grandfather couldn’t have been easy. I did think he was a little naïve in thinking that he could just go to the city and find someone to help him though.

The storyline in this just confused me. I got lost pretty early on, and the book didn’t hold my interest enough to make me want to keep reading. When the kids then found their way to this half-way house/paradise, I really wasn’t sure what was happening, and as they started talking about being unable to leave, and having dreams about killing animals, and other weird things I had absolutely no idea what was going on, and little motivation to find out!
The ending to this was a relief. Even going back and re-reading parts I couldn’t work out what was going on, and ultimately I’m afraid it’s going to have to remain a mystery.
Overall; dull and confusing,
3.5 out of 10.

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