This--a sequel to "Gated"--is a nerve-fraying contemporary young adult thriller that will make readers question loyalties as it twists truths.
"Her life was based on a lie."
Lyla Hamilton almost died escaping the Community. In her new life, the outsiders call the Community a cult. They don't understand how easy it was to believe. How good it felt to belong. "Normal" life--high school and dating--is harder than Lyla expected.
"Who should she love? Who should she hate?"
The Community is willing to do terrible things to bring her back to the fold. The members are still preaching Pioneer's twisted message that the end of the world is near. Pulled in two directions and unsure which way to turn, Lyla risks everything to follow her heart, but can she uncover the Community's plan before it's too late?
"Lyla's escape was only the beginning."
Praise for "Gated" and "Astray"
"A tense psychological thriller that will leave you gasping for breath as you race to the very last page." --Gretchen McNeil, author of "Ten"
"An awesome, creepy book that reminds me of my favorite cult films." --HelloGiggles.com
* "Parker doesn't pull punches, indicating a level of brutality that will appropriately disturb even as it successfully conveys Lyla's complete entrapment in the Community. Compelling and not that distant from real-world cults that have ended in tragedy." --"Kirkus Reviews, "Starred
"A complex, intriguing tale rooted in real-world events." --"Publishers Weekly"
"A good choice for reluctant readers. After the last page is turned, the question will linger: 'Could I ever be deceived like this?' " --"School Library Journal"
"A well-rounded and thorough look into cults while still remaining entertaining throughout. I look forward to reading more of Parker's works in the future." --Examiner.com.
Praise for Gated:
“A tense psychological thriller that will leave you gasping for breath.”
—Gretchen McNeil, author of Ten
“An awesome, creepy book that reminds me of my favorite cult films while still being surprising.”
“Compelling. . . . This absorbing examination of a cult focuses on a teenage girl who begins to doubt their leader.”
—Kirkus Reviews, Starred
“After the last page is turned, the question will linger: ‘Could I ever be deceived like this?’”
“I highly recommend Gated to fans of contemporary fiction with a twist. This one has a bit of everything—mystery, intense action, real life issues, and romance.”
—My Book Addiction (blog)
“Highly recommended for fans of YA thrillers and contemporary fiction.”
—A Dream Within a Dream (blog)
“Every once in a while a book comes along that leaves you reeling. Speechless. Shocked. Nothing you say will do it justice. Gated is that book. Chilling, horrifying, but beautiful. A MUST read.”
“Action-packed and full of suspense. . . . It’s new and fresh, a step away from everything that’s out there right now.”
—Me, My Shelf, and I (blog)
“A complex, intriguing tale rooted in real-world events.”
“Mysterious, entrancing and dark, Gated brings in just the right amount of paced storytelling with the edge-of-your-reading-seats sense of suspense.”
“An absolutely enrapturing book . . . I couldn’t put it down.”
—In Libris Veritas (blog)
“An entertaining and unique entry in a sea of generic YA novels.”
—Fiction Frenzy (blog)
“If you need a summer thriller read with a smartly woven plot and a lamb-to-lion main character, then this book is for you.”
—Great Imaginations (blog)
“An absolutely fascinating read with an original concept and an absolutely brilliant villain! Different with just the right touch of chilling.”
—Fiction Freak (blog)