Crazy House Paperback – 5 Apr 2018
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About the Author
JAMES PATTERSON is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. His books have sold in excess of 385 million copies worldwide. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past two decades – the Alex Cross, Women’s Murder Club, Detective Michael Bennett and Private novels – and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers.
James is passionate about encouraging children to read. Inspired by his own son who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books for young readers including the Middle School, I Funny, Treasure Hunters, Dog Diaries and Max Einstein series. James has donated millions in grants to independent bookshops and has been the most borrowed author of adult fiction in UK libraries for the past eleven years in a row. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.
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The premise is an interesting one. Children are being snatched and taken to a prison. They are told they are in death row and forced to survive by going up against each other. They have to watch some horrific things happening to people they regard as friends as well. However all is not as it first appears. The author has created something which drew me in, and I was delighted to reach the end to discover there is more to come. I can't wait to read future parts of this story.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing a copy.
DISCLAIMER: I love James Patterson, he is definitely my most owned author. When I saw Crazy House on NetGalley I jumped at the chance to request it. But my impatience got the better of me and I rushed out and bought the hardcover as soon as possible. Whats more it is YA dystopia... and that is my jam.
The book is set in the future where people live in fenced self-contained towns called cells. Each being in charge of a different sector, in the case it was agriculture (think Hunger Games districts). The plot follows two twins Cassie and Becca, both raised in the cell, having no knowledge of life outside.
When Becca vanishes Cassie will do everything in her power to find her sister, in turn setting the wheels in motion for something much bigger.
I loved the dual points of view and really enjoyed the relationship between the twins. It was nice to read a book that was equally plot and character driven. As a bonus to the heavy dystopia vibe there was also minimal romance, which is a big win for me.
The story was perfect parts intrigue with out being overly complicated. I enjoyed the simple writing style and it was a great pallet cleanser between heavy reads.
I just loved this book. It was perfect me and exactly what I look for in a book. I think this is a stand alone but I would love for there to be a second!!
**copy provided by NetGalley for review**
I used to be a huge James Patterson fan but had found over the last couple of years that his books just weren’t holding my attention the same way they used to, so it has been a while since I have read anything he has written.
When I read the synopsis for this book I found myself intrigued and decided to give it a try, and I can say with all honesty I’m glad I did.
I found the story compelling, and often found myself pondering what was going to happen next whenever I had to put the book down.
The story alternates between both sisters points of view giving us an inside view of where Becca is whilst Cassie still fruitlessly searches for her. We also get a couple of chapters from the point of view of Nathaniel another Boy from the cell and potential love interest of Cassie, and from the point of view of Ms Strepp who appears to be the one running the “crazy house” but who of course is in no way that two dimensional.
I am loath to give away much more information on the fate of the girls or their Journey as I think this book is best served by reading without spoilers, what I will say is that by the end of the book these two sisters who categorised each other by their differences are very much a united team.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to hopefully following more of Cassie and Becca’s journey.
Please Please Please can we have a book 2
This is like no other book written by Patterson and I wish I could give it no stars. It really is the biggest pile of rubbish that I have read in years and not worthy of his name on the cover.