Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Behind the Gates, by Eva Gray
Behind the Gates, by Eva Gray, is the first in a new series for children, called Tomorrow Girls. It looked interesting as it's a dystopian novel for kids, which as far as I know is fairly unique. The young adult shelves are full of them but for ages eight - twelve, I don't see as many.
The story starts with Louisa and Maddie heading toward a special boarding school. They anticipate freedom and activities, but they find that the school is very different than expected. They are taught survival skills and have all of their electronics taken away. Louisa loves it but Maddie wants to go home.
The girls, along with some new friends, discover that things aren't quite what they seem and they begin to wonder about the school's intentions. With the world at war, are they being taught survival for a reason?
The story ends just as the story gets going. It will be interesting to continue the series eventually. I enjoyed the book but was not blown away by it. It will probably appeal more to its intended age group but I can see where kids might not be patient enough to wait for the second book. It might be an idea to get the entire series!