The One Safe Place

Author: Tania Unsworth 
Pages: 295 
Publisher: Algonquin Books 
Format: Hardcover (ARC) 
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): 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.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

My Summary: Devin has grown up hearing stories about the world from his grandfather, who tells him about the days before the Earth got hot and things began to go wrong. Living alone with his grandfather on a secluded farm, Devin has seen little of the horrors of his grandfather's stories.

Then Devin's grandfather dies, and Devin can't keep up with the demands of the farm. He sets out for the city, hoping to find someone to bring back to the farm to help him.

But Devin's search for help leads him farther away from the home he loves, and closer to a mysterious house for children where nothing is what it seems. 

My Thoughts: This novel was one that I think will appeal to a wide range of people. It's marketed as middle grade, but I think that younger readers can definitely relate and older readers will be unable to put it down. I myself found it impossible to stop reading until the very last page and ended up finishing it all in one sitting. 

The mystery element was intriguing, and the writing itself was lovely. The author did a terrific job with the imagery, painting Devin's world clearly inside my mind. I also thought the characters were very relatable and realistic, and I found myself rooting for Devin as he tried to make his way in a world that didn't seem to offer any sanctuary. 

Final Thoughts: I recommend this novel to anyone looking for a great dystopian read that will appeal to those who like enjoy children's, middle grade, and young adult novels.

1 comment:

  1. Ahh I've never heard of this but it seems interesting. Thanks!!


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