Katie is on the verge of her Rumspringa, the time in Amish life when teenagers are free to experience non-Amish culture before officially joining the church. But before Rumspringa arrives, Katie’s safe world starts to crumble. It begins with a fiery helicopter crash in the cornfields, followed by rumors of massive unrest and the disappearance of huge numbers of people all over the world. Something is out there…and it is making a killing.
Unsure why they haven’t yet been attacked, the Amish Elders make a decree: no one goes outside their community, and no one is allowed in. But when Katie finds a gravely injured young man lying just outside the boundary of their land, she can’t leave him to die. She refuses to submit to the Elders’ rule and secretly brings the stranger into her community—but what else is she bringing in with him?
Quite possibly the most vividly horrifying YA novel I have read to-date, THE HALLOWED ONES by Laura Bickle is the must-have vampire novel of 2012. Even if you hate vampires. A cross between M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village and Justin Cronin’s The Passage, this book will give you chills deep into the dark of night, causing you to fear venturing out alone after sundown (or wondering if you’re even safe inside).
Laura makes her first debut into the YA market with one hell of a book. Literally. Mixing a detailed portrayal of Amish life with the most terrible vampires in known fiction, hell has literally landed on earth in her post-apocalyptic tale. No stone is left unturned. You will learn more than you’ve ever known before about Amish living, you will believe that the evil which sets off the horrific series of events could easily befall us some day and you will get to know her characters (especially the lead, Katie) inside and out – all in just over 300 pages! The detail, the care she takes in fully fleshing out the story, her characters and their circumstances displays Laura’s skills as a seasoned writer.
Speaking of her characters; I particularly enjoyed learning about the Amish/”Plain People” society. Laura manages to describe their day-to-day way of living without being to over-cumbersome with detail. While there were characters that I truly despised in the book, I greatly admired her MC, Katie. At the beginning of the book Katie is a Plain girl through and through, albeit with a mild “rebellious” and questioning nature and a love for “sinful” things like Coca Cola and comic books. While somewhat timid at first, she grows tremendously as the story progresses. Katie is a startling example of a character who is not at all the same in the end as she was in the beginning of the story. It is because of this that I hold her in high regard as one of my favorite characters in 2012. (Not to mention, I now have another fictional male crush with the tattooed Outsider, Alex.)
This book has everything a horror aficionado would ever hope to find in their reading. If you are a lover of the night and don’t mind descriptive scenes depicting blood and gore, I think you best be heading out and picking up this book today! It will provide you plenty of thrills and chills – and perhaps you’ll learn a thing or two about society and religion while you’re at it.
(Oh, and thank GOODNESS this is the first book in a series! You WILL end it wanting more!)
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