Synopsis: ‘Appearances can be deceiving.
In the Community, life seems perfect. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Pioneer invited Lyla’s family to join his group and escape the evil in the world. They were happy to be chosen, happy to move away from New York and start over in such an idyllic gated community. Now seventeen, Lyla knows that Pioneer is more than just their charismatic leader, he is their prophet . . . but his visions have grown dark.
Lyla is a loyal member of the Community, but a chance encounter with an outsider boy has her questioning Pioneer, the Community—everything. And if there’s one thing not allowed in the Community, it’s doubt. Her family and friends are certain in their belief. Lyla wishes she could feel the same. As Pioneer begins to manipulate his flock toward disaster, the question remains: Will Lyla follow them over the edge?
From the outside looking in, it’s hard to understand why anyone would join a cult. But Gated tells the story of the Community from the inside looking out, and from behind the gates things are not quite so simple.’
The blurb states that ‘Appearances can be deceiving’, well so can preconceived ideas. I did not expect to understand why people would join cults and stay for extended periods of time, but by the time I finished reading, I certainly did. Amy Parker does not make the members of this community seem weak and gullible, just idealistic. Something everyone of us is guilty of.
This is quite a chilling story made all the more so because cults like this exist. I have always wondered how people could be convinced to join groups such as this and that was my initial reasoning for choosing to read this story. I am glad I did. Pioneer’s (leader of the community) reasoning on why the community should follow his beliefs, his manipulation of facts, his hiding of the truth and his charisma all lead his followers down a terrifying path.
‘Gated’ is a chilling read and a compelling one.
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