Published by Algonquin Young Readers on April 29th 2014
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.
This book was about a kid living in a post-apocalyptic America who ventures into the city after his grandfather dies, and then ultimately ends up in a special orphanage that isn’t what it seems. Overall, the story had a lot of imagination and really played up to the mystery of the situation. Most of the characters though were flat and shallow, and there were some missed opportunities to explore the psyche of the adults in this novel. Ultimately though it was an entertaining page-turner and a solid 3/5.