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.

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Y FICTION Young Adult Fiction Popular Materials-Young Adult
Y FICTION Young Adult Fiction New Materials

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Lyla is caught between two worlds. The isolated Community that she grew up in and the outside world that she's navigating for the very first time. The outsiders call the Community a cult, but Pioneer miraculously survived a shooting that should have killed him. Are the faithful members right to stay true to his message? Is this just a test of faith? One thing is for sure- the Community will do anything to bring Lyla back to the fold. Trapped in a spider's web of deception, will Lyla detect the sticky threads tightening around her before it's too late? She'll have to unravel the mystery of what Pioneer and the Community are truly up to if she wants to survive.

Suspenseful and chilling, Astray is Amy Christine Parker's nerve-fraying sequel to Gated . This fast-paced psychological thriller is masterfully plotted and sure to leave goose bumps. Perfect for fans of creepy YA thrillers and contemporary fiction alike.

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.