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Expectations vs. Reality: The Haven

Expectations vs. Reality is a feature here inspired by Small Review that will compare my expectations from a book cover before seeing the summary with the summary itself.

This week, I'm looking at The Haven by Carol Lynch Williams. 


I know Carol Lynch Williams has written a lot of very moving contemporary novels, but this looks nothing like a contemporary. From the ominous stormy skies to the ivy-growing Victorian building, everything about this screams horror. The zombie-like girl only corroborates this idea. The building seems like some type of school, so perhaps the "haven" being referenced in the title is a safe school in a world taken over by zombies.


Here's what Goodreads has to say:
For the teens at The Haven, the outside world, just beyond the towering stone wall that surrounds the premises, is a dangerous unknown. It has always been this way, ever since the hospital was established in the year 2020. But The Haven is more than just a hospital; it is their home. It is all they know. Everything is strictly monitored: education, exercise, food, and rest. The rules must be followed to keep the children healthy, to help control the Disease that has cast them as Terminals, the Disease that claims limbs and lungs—and memories.

But Shiloh is different; she remembers everything. Gideon is different, too. He dreams of a cure, of rebellion against the status quo. What if everything they’ve been told is a lie? What if The Haven is not the safe place it claims to be? And what will happen if Shiloh starts asking dangerous questions?
Okay, fine, so it isn't a zombie novel, but this summary sounds even better! It looks like I was at least right about the school/hospital haven building. The Disease sounds fascinatingly frightening, and I love the whole concept.

What were your expectations when you saw this cover? What do you think of the actual summary?


Beth said...

The cover looks dystopian to me, and I think the summary confirms this.

Jess said...

Yeah, this does look like a dystopian but I definitely get the zombie feel from it.

Christina said...

This is super cute, the meme I mean. Yeah, I think they got the dystopian thing down. I would have guessed set in a creepy boarding school, but I would have been wrong: hospital.

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