Crazy House by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet (Young Arrow) ISBN 9781784758516
Careful Cassandra and Ridiculous Rebecca are teenaged twins who live alone.
One day Becca disappears. At first Cassie is angry with her for stealing her truck and being rebellious as usual, but when Becca does not return days later, Cassie knows she really in trouble.
She goes on a mission to find her, and while doing so, realises that their leader’s son, Nathaniel is actually part of the rebel Outsiders – as was Becca! They discover the abandoned truck Becca was driving by the Boundary wall. And then Cassie gets taken.
After a torturous time in the children’s jail that operates there, the twins discover their inner strength and the truth!
A cleverly crafted tale of a future dystopia and our human ability to triumph over fear, this young adult novel will keep you guessing until the end.
Crazy House by James Patterson (Young Arrow) ISBN: 978-1-784-75851-6
Becca is missing and her twin sister, Cassie, is looking for her. Cassie is alone and frightened. Her mom has been taken away to some unknown place and her father is in an institution, moments away from death. To find her sister, Cassie must break some rules and she is not comfortable with this. She has always been the obedient one.
Cassie befriends Nate, the Cell leader’s son. At first, she is suspicious of him and then discovers that he is part of an outlying group who are questioning the world within the walls that they call home. Cassie is reunited with her rebellious twin when she is kidnapped. They are both on death row and there is no trial. They create a plan with Nate to break out of the place despite the fact that no-one has succeeded before.
If readers feel that this story is familiar it is because it feels like reincarnation of The Hunger Games and Divergent. The novel is set in a future in which populations are organised geographically into isolated cells. The government controls all the information going in and out. More lurks beneath the surface, and the book sets up further instalments, but few readers will feel the need to keep reading. The story is formulaic and hardly captivating.
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