Asylum by Madeleine Roux


Day 6 out of 7 of reading YA: Asylum

Mission Completed


Attending a labor intensive college prep summer program is hard enough, but somehow dorming in an asylum for the criminally insane makes studying much more difficult. Dan Crawford discovers this while staying on the grounds that used to be Brookline Asylum. With his new friends, Abby and Jordan, Dan explores the secrets hiding deep within their summer residence.  But the asylum holds a disturbing past that keeps linking back to the three friends’ present. When things get stranger and dangerous one just has to ask, what mysteries does this former asylum house?


The idea behind Asylum is dynamic; however, I think there are some problems in execution. Roux tries to do a lot (link the past experiences of Brookline Asylum to the present, create new friendships, link subplots to characters around the town, etc.) and fails to complete everything. Because of this, plot twists were left underdeveloped and underutilized and the friendship between Dan, Abby, and Jordan ends up presented as a fact  rather than developing throughout the story.


While not a horrible read, Asylum falls short and into the realm of average. Even so, I will probably still reluctantly read the sequel, Sanctum.


Today’s Book:

Cinder by Marissa Meyer



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