Published April 29, 2014 by Algonquin Books Of Chapel Hill
Source: ARC from publisher
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.
When I first spotted this book and saw that it was a dystopian, I knew that I had to check it out. I love all dystopian reads and I wasn’t quite sure at first with this one but the more that I read, the more I enjoyed the characters, the mystery and the storyline.
Devin grew up living with his Grandpa on his grandparents farm. He was use to hard work and his grandfather tried to teach him everything he needed to know about life but it is pretty hard when it is just 2 people living all alone of the land.
When Grandpa dies, Devin is left all alone and is unable to take care of the farm on his own. He sets out for the city hoping to find someone who is willing to come back and help him. What he ends up with is a whole lot more than what he was expecting!
I really enjoyed this book! It was so much more than I was really expecting it to be. There is a mystery surrounding the home that Devin gets taken to and it is one that the reader gets hints about but does not find out until almost the end what is really going on. the story line itself was a unique and interesting one that was a rare find in a book. I really enjoyed all the different characters, especially the pig which gave me a few giggles on more than one occasion.
If you enjoy dystopian books, you are guaranteed to enjoy this one. It does read a little like a middle grade but I did enjoy it all the same. the mystery alone kept me reading until the very end.