We all know by now that I'm a sucker for a good thriller, and I have a special place in my heart for YA fiction - so when I found this YA thriller, it was like my two favourite things in the world combining. The One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth sounded really creepy, which is probably what made me buy it, and so I was really, really excited to get reading this one and I'm happy to say that it didn't disappoint whatsoever. This isn't one of the nicest books that I've ever read, but it definitely is one of the more fascinating ones.
The story follows Devin, a boy who's recently lost his father and - unable to cope on the farm they worked on together, he leaves for the city. In this strange, dystopian future the city is anything but safe; children are abandoned all over and they live in danger every day on the streets, sometimes grouped together, often alone. When Devin finds himself here, he hears rumours of a house wherein the children are looked after to an extent that none of them can even begin to imagine - but is it true, and if it is, how on earth do they get there?
When an act of kindness means that Devin gets the chance to be rehomed in this seemingly too-good-to-be-true house; he jumps at it - but when he gets there, for reasons he can't quite understand quite yet, he realises that the Home For Childhood is anything but the dream it's been portrayed as. Unsworth's writing is captivating and haunting in equal amounts, and this book only goes to show the true potential that YA holds. It's the kind of book that would inspire me to read if it wasn't already one of my biggest loves, and it's definitely one that I want to recommend to those around me.
All in all, this is one of those books that makes you so glad that you took the hours out to read it - and it's charming and beautiful, and moreover interesting, in a way that you don't seem to see very often in adult novels, but YA fiction does so well. All in all, this has made me want to head out and buy even more YA fiction than I already own - it's inspiring and creepy in all the right ways and, if you're going to go out and buy any book this week; I'd highly suggest that you make it this one.
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