Cover image for Astray
Parker, Amy Christine, author.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Random House, [2014]
Physical Description:
343 pages ; 22 cm
Lyla thought she was free from the survivalist Community, but it is hard to break the hold their leader Pioneer has even though he is in jail--and he is planning to use his powerful influence to get his revenge on Lyla and the town.

Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Central Library Y FICTION Young Adult Fiction Popular Materials-Young Adult

On Order



This--a sequel to Gated --is a nerve-fraying contemporary young adult thriller that will make readers question loyalties as it twists truths.
Her life was based on a lie.
Lyla Hamilton almost died escaping the Community. In her new life, the outsiders call the Community a cult. They don't understand how easy it was to believe. How good it felt to belong. "Normal" life--high school and dating--is harder than Lyla expected.
Who should she love? Who should she hate?
The Community is willing to do terrible things to bring her back to the fold. The members are still preaching Pioneer's twisted message that the end of the world is near. Pulled in two directions and unsure which way to turn, Lyla risks everything to follow her heart, but can she uncover the Community's plan before it's too late?
Lyla's escape was only the beginning.
Praise for Gated and Astray
"A tense psychological thriller that will leave you gasping for breath as you race to the very last page." -- Gretchen McNeil, author of Ten
"An awesome, creepy book that reminds me of my favorite cult films."
* "Parker doesn't pull punches, indicating a level of brutality that will appropriately disturb even as it successfully conveys Lyla's complete entrapment in the Community. Compelling and not that distant from real-world cults that have ended in tragedy." -- Kirkus Reviews , Starred
"A complex, intriguing tale rooted in real-world events." -- Publishers Weekly

"A good choice for reluctant readers. After the last page is turned, the question will linger: 'Could I ever be deceived like this?' " -- School Library Journal
  "A well-rounded and thorough look into cults while still remaining entertaining throughout. I look forward to reading more of Parker's works in the future."

Author Notes

AMY CHRISTINE PARKER writes full-time from her home near Tampa, Florida, where she lives with her husband, their two daughters, and one ridiculously fat cat. Visit her at and follow her on Twitter @amychristinepar.

Reviews 1

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Lyla thought her nightmare was over when she shot Pioneer after she witnessed him murder her best friend. She thought Pioneer was dead and that everyone would see the truth: he was a deceitful monster, and the cult leaders known as the Brethren were a lie. She was wrong. Pioneer miraculously survived the bullets Lyla directed into his chest, which only made the Community's faith in him stronger and more dangerous. Lyla lives with her new boyfriend, Cody, and his family while she waits to testify against the cult leader. Her parents and the rest of the Community have been relocated to a trailer park, and the teens-Lyla's former friends-have been ordered to attend the local high school. Lyla is desperate for some semblance of normalcy, but her new and old life pull at her, and she finds that she belongs nowhere. The people of the town are reluctant to accept her or the cult members into their midst, and the Community refuses to let go of their belief that the end of the world is coming, and they will do anything to prove their loyalty to Pioneer. The Community's desperation and the town's vitriol are a deadly combination, and even from his jail cell Pioneer orchestrates a plan to bring Lyla back into the fold. This book requires some suspension of disbelief, but once that happens, it's a thrilling page-turner that will keep even the most reluctant readers engaged until the end. Lyla is a sympathetic character, and Cody and his family are kind but realistically wrestle with what it means to accept a former cult member into their midst. A suspenseful and worthy follow-up to Gated (Random, 2013).- Heather M. Campbell, formerly at Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Google Preview