Saturday, 26 August 2017

Crazy House

 
by James Patterson & Gabrielle Charbonnet

Science Fiction
Young Adult
Dystopian

ASIN B01N9C6G7V  ISBN-13 978-1784758523
Publisher Young Arrow (paperback),  Cornerstone Digital (kindle)
Pages 384 (paperback)

My Review

Becca and Cassie are twins who live in an area known as a 'cell', which is part of the United. Other cells exist but citizens are not allowed to cross over. Each cell is governed by a provost and rules must be obeyed. Every aspect of life is controlled. It's the way things have always been. Children mysteriously disappear and never return. Becca becomes one of the disappeared is and placed on Death Row in a prison full of kids. The regime is brutal and executions are part of everyday life. Despite the odds, Cassie is determined to find her twin and bring her back home.

I'm not a big fan of Teen and Young Adult literature but when I saw the main author was none other than the celebrated writer of countless adult thrillers, James Patterson, I jumped at the opportunity. Wow, what a pleasant surprise! I thought it was excellent and really enjoyed it. I'm also not hugely into dystopian novels but the world created in Crazy House sucked me in and had me totally hooked. The ending was left open but didn't feel unfinished. It had the feeling of 'one door closing and another about to open'. Let's hope there are future books planned because it has the potential to be a really special series.

* My thanks to Random House UK, Cornerstone Digital, Arrow (Young), the authors and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book.

Rating 💗💗💗💗💗


Purchase Link: Amazon US


The Blurb

There were no charges. There was no trial. There will be no escape. 

Seventeen-year-old Becca Greenfield was snatched from her small hometown. She was thrown into a maximum-security prison and put on Death Row with other kids her age. Until her execution, Becca's told to fit in and shut her mouth... but Becca's never been very good at either. Her sister Cassie was always the perfect twin. 

Becca's only hope is that her twin sister will find her. That perfect little priss Cassie will stop following the rules and start breaking them, before it's too late. Because her jailers made a mistake that could get them both killed:

They took the wrong twin.

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