Posted in 2014-2015 Club, Not Mock Newbery

The One Safe Place, by Tania Unsworth

One Safe PlaceSummary:  In a near future world of heat, greed, and hunger, Devin earns a coveted spot in a home for abandoned children that promises unlimited food and toys and the hope of finding a new family, but Devin discovers the home’s horrific true mission when he investigates its intimidating Administrator and the zombie-like sickness that afflicts some children.


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One thought on “The One Safe Place, by Tania Unsworth

  1. The One Safe Place was an easy science fiction read with an exciting and abstract plot about a boy who leaves his farm and while in the city is invited to a supposed wonderful place where nothing is as it seems. This is not the most original idea and was not written so that it stuck out either. The best part was, by default, the setting. It was important for the Home to be a place where the reader would be persuaded to stay and, although I predicted its true intentions, I felt it was a place I might have fallen for in reality. The writing style of the book though, was the weakest criteria. The sentences were short and simple with bland descriptions and dialogue that made the story seem even more unrealistic. This also affected the characters who sometimes seemed to change personalities and who acted in ways very out of character even when not disturbed by the ominous Sleep. Luke is the biggest example of this, having been introduced as one of those hyper active kids but, besides that first scene, is portrayed as somewhat of a mature genius the rest of the book. As for the other characters, they were simply flat. Devin seemed way younger than his age and never messed up. He was innocent, cared about people he barely knew, did random acts of kindness, and had very convenient super powers. The reader was supposed to like Kit after pretty much one scene only because Devin did, except it didn’t work because I don’t know why Devin liked her in the first place. Maybe she was beautiful, but she was selfish and standoffish for the most part. Roman was a good attempt at a character but was sadly only shown in a few scenes when I feel he could have been a much bigger part of the book. The theme was not well developed and unmemorable so the book mostly relied upon its plot, that, without its steady excitement, would not have hooked me at all. It did however, manage to keep me reading, and would do the same for most middleschoolers, however would be enjoyed much more by a younger audience, fifth or sixth grade, looking for a fast and fun book.

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