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The One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth (Hardcover)
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Good Reads Summary
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.
I read all the dystopia I can find, and this fantastically well-written story rises to the top of the heap very quickly. I read it in 4 hours and neglected all my chores and errands because I had to keep reading. My only complaint is that I wish it were longer because I enjoyed it so much. – Megan Thaler
Although this book targeted young adult readers… I thoroughly enjoyed it!! This would make a great movie!! I look forward to reading more from this talented author. –Melvina 71