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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins World (11 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062220969
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062220967
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.7 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 578,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Days after reading Asylum, I'm still haunted by the images that Madeleine Roux's words conjured. I just want to curl up inside her skull and exist for a while in its dark, twisted magnificence. Brilliant!"--Heather Brewer, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod

"Page-turning. Fans of 'found footage' horror will enjoy this visually creepy take on the haunted-institution setting."--Kirkus

"The plentiful illustrations both advance the story line and immeasurably contribute to the spooky atmosphere. With its abundant jump scares, horror readers and fans of the TV show American Horror Story will delight in the fast-paced plot."--Booklist

"Illustrations used in this book are from actual asylums, and the author builds the tension nicely as Dan receives what may be messages from an inmate. A good choice for readers who enjoy books with scary situations that lead to a solid climax."--Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

"A strong YA debut. Roux (aided by unsettling photo illustrations of abandoned asylums and tormented patients) creates an entertaining and occasionally brutal horror story that reveals the enduring impact of buried trauma and terror on a place."--Publishers Weekly

"Madeleine Roux's Asylum takes the fondest dream of our collective nerdy childhood and handily turns it into the scariest collective nightmare." -- Tor.com

"I started reading this one at my desk in broad daylight and still got goose bumps." -- Glamour

Days after reading Asylum, I m still haunted by the images that Madeleine Roux s words conjured. I just want to curl up inside her skull and exist for a while in its dark, twisted magnificence. Brilliant! --Heather Brewer, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod"

Page-turning. Fans of found footage horror will enjoy this visually creepy take on the haunted-institution setting. --Kirkus"

The plentiful illustrations both advance the story line and immeasurably contribute to the spooky atmosphere. With its abundant jump scares, horror readers and fans of the TV show American Horror Story will delight in the fast-paced plot. --Booklist"

Illustrations used in this book are from actual asylums, and the author builds the tension nicely as Dan receives what may be messages from an inmate. A good choice for readers who enjoy books with scary situations that lead to a solid climax. --Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)"

A strong YA debut. Roux (aided by unsettling photo illustrations of abandoned asylums and tormented patients) creates an entertaining and occasionally brutal horror story that reveals the enduring impact of buried trauma and terror on a place. --Publishers Weekly"

Madeleine Roux s Asylum takes the fondest dream of our collective nerdy childhood and handily turns it into the scariest collective nightmare. -- Tor.com"

I started reading this one at my desk in broad daylight and still got goose bumps. -- Glamour"

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Once you get in, there's no getting out.

For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, a summer program for gifted students is the chance of a lifetime. No one else at his high school gets his weird fascinations with history and science, but at the New Hampshire College Prep program, such quirks are all but required.

Dan arrives to find that the usual summer housing has been closed, forcing students to stay in the crumbling Brookline dorm formerly a psychiatric hospital. As Dan and his new friends Abby and Jordan start exploring Brookline's twisty halls and hidden basement, they uncover disturbing secrets about what really went on here . . . secrets that link Dan and his friends to the asylum's dark past. Because it turns out Brookline was no ordinary psych ward. And there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.

Featuring haunting found photographs from real asylums, this mind-bending reading experience blurs the lines between past and present, friendship and obsession, genius and insanity."

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With the recommendation of being similar to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children I snatched this book up as soon as it was ready for release. But I found this to be a totally different ball game.

For starters I'd say this was for much younger readers. The book is littered with doctored images from asylums, which really does help the story, but the story isn't brilliant to begin with. It moves very quickly, too quickly if anything. Usually I wouldn't slam a book for jumping right to the action, but within five minutes of reading this book the main character has made best friends with two weirdos and their delving into the bowels of the asylum without so much as brain cell between them. For no substantial reason at all. Something that also bothered me, even though the book never tried to say otherwise, but ever present mention of texting and cell phones and modern day technology really took me away from the old vintage feel of dipping in and out of the asylum. The kids are particularly hormonal, which often comes across as annoying.

What I thought really worked well was the asylum characters, particularly the Warden and the Sculptor, who I felt were totally under used. There were such strong images created from these characters, and at one point I thought it would have been so much greater to go the whole-hog and time travel back to that time. The ending of the book (something I wont spoil) felt very undeserving. I wished so hard for things to turn out differently, but what I got was something I think even the author couldn't really explain. What happened? What did we just end with? Usually, when things are left unsaid it makes me want to know more. I think Roux was aiming for a cliffhanger, but really, it came across a lot more lazy.
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This book looked promising to start with but a few chapters in it went very dry and flat, the characters seem flat and two dimensional and the story is very slow paced. I can't even stop thinking that there are several plot holes and the ending is disappointing and 'forced'. I waited for some closure or explanation but instead the book was cut short as if for the first major part the author was 'milking' and prolonging plot just for the sake of filling out pages and then when she run out of ideas she decided on a cliché and vague ending. Even the choice of pictures was disappointing :( the initial idea was good just poorly delivered in my opinion.
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It's set in a summer education camp for bright students, housed at an old asylum. Obviously our heroes (two boys, one girl) set out to explore it. Atmospherically it's fine - there are murders to solve, spirit possession and the usual horrors. Characterisation is however very basic and most of the protagonists are pretty much cardboard cutouts. There are also far too many co-incidences to make the story even half way believable. It was only when I was about half way thru the story that I realised that it was young adult (the romance between boy and girl was very gentle and understated). For early teens I think it's worth a read, but otherwise probably give it a miss. There's another in the series, but I'm not going to be buying it.
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I read a few chapters of this but didn't like it so couldn't continue. I found the way the book was written was too colloquial, but so much so that it didn't seem to flow very well and I did not find it very interesting. The conversations between the characters in these two chapters seemed very forced and not easy to read.

It's a shame, the book description made it sound excellent.
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Well, this book left me with a bit of mixed feelings. I bought this book thinking it was something else, something a little darker but I should've been wary of it as I saw so many illustrations and fictioned photos inside... But anyway, the plot sounded interesting: an old asylum, with a dark history, reopened as a college dormitory. I like old asylums, especially haunted ones. Let's move forward and I'll try to avoid spoilers, just in case.

The characters are a bit weird and most of their actions are... well, strange, especially the dude named Jordan. It's hard to like him, as his mood changes with each page. Looks like the man is crazy. He just doesn't know yet (and no, this is not a spoiler, it's just my opinion). The girl, Abby, is more likeable and as it seems, she's a looker (yeah, she caught Dan's eye)! Somewhere along the book, she goes a bit crazy just because. And that's the problem with the book: most of the character's actions are made just because, with no real reason behind it. Then, there are a lot of coincidences, strange ones, as one can imagine. Sometimes, things seem to be rushed... Oh, the main character... Daniel Crawford is also likeable, but some of his plotlines are simply awkward. You'll notice them easily if you read the book.

Okay, now, that doesn't mean that I didn't like the book. I had some good times reading it... It's just that I expected something else. Having said that, I reckon perhaps this is a book for younger readers (that's right! You, young teenagers, get away from the Internet and read a little bit for a change). And in that prospect the book accomplishes.
If you're looking for something more mature, this may not be what you're looking for.
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