- Tapa dura: 320 páginas
- Editor: Hc 360 (11 de septiembre de 2013)
- Colección: Asylum
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0062220969
- ISBN-13: 978-0062220967
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Asylum (Inglés) Tapa dura – 11 sep 2013
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"Days after reading Asylum, I'm still haunted by the images that Madeleine Roux's words conjured. I just want to curl up inside her skull and exist for a while in its dark, twisted magnificence. Brilliant!"--Heather Brewer, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod
"Page-turning. Fans of 'found footage' horror will enjoy this visually creepy take on the haunted-institution setting."--Kirkus
"The plentiful illustrations both advance the story line and immeasurably contribute to the spooky atmosphere. With its abundant jump scares, horror readers and fans of the TV show American Horror Story will delight in the fast-paced plot."--Booklist
"Illustrations used in this book are from actual asylums, and the author builds the tension nicely as Dan receives what may be messages from an inmate. A good choice for readers who enjoy books with scary situations that lead to a solid climax."--Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
"A strong YA debut. Roux (aided by unsettling photo illustrations of abandoned asylums and tormented patients) creates an entertaining and occasionally brutal horror story that reveals the enduring impact of buried trauma and terror on a place."--Publishers Weekly
"Madeleine Roux's Asylum takes the fondest dream of our collective nerdy childhood and handily turns it into the scariest collective nightmare." -- Tor.com
"I started reading this one at my desk in broad daylight and still got goose bumps." -- Glamour
Days after reading Asylum, I m still haunted by the images that Madeleine Roux s words conjured. I just want to curl up inside her skull and exist for a while in its dark, twisted magnificence. Brilliant! --Heather Brewer, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod"
Page-turning. Fans of found footage horror will enjoy this visually creepy take on the haunted-institution setting. --Kirkus"
The plentiful illustrations both advance the story line and immeasurably contribute to the spooky atmosphere. With its abundant jump scares, horror readers and fans of the TV show American Horror Story will delight in the fast-paced plot. --Booklist"
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Madeleine Roux's New York Times bestselling Asylum is a thrilling and creepy photo-illustrated novel that Publishers Weekly called "a strong YA debut that reveals the enduring impact of buried trauma on a place." Featuring found photographs from real asylums and filled with chilling mystery and page-turning suspense, Asylum is a horror story that treads the line between genius and insanity, perfect for fans of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.
For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, the New Hampshire College Prep program is the chance of a lifetime. Except that when Dan arrives, he finds that the usual summer housing has been closed, forcing students to stay in the crumbling Brookline Dorm—formerly a psychiatric hospital. As Dan and his new friends Abby and Jordan start exploring Brookline's twisty halls and hidden basement, they uncover disturbing secrets about what really went on here . . . secrets that link Dan and his friends to the asylum's dark past. Because Brookline was no ordinary mental hospital, and there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.
Don't miss Madeleine Roux's all-new gothic horror novel, House of Furies.Ver Descripción del producto
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Let's get the good out of the way first. For everything that's wrong with this book, it does its overall job well. It's creepy. It gave me goosebumps. As far as horror fiction goes, Asylum does it well.
However, it has some problems. Pacing is a huge issue. Major encounters happen over the course of just a couple of pages and then everything is normal again. Chapters could ebb and flow but instead the author chose to typically end chapters with days instead of after major moments. The result is a jarring narrative that took me much, much longer to read than it should have--mostly because I kept putting the book down and leaving it for a week or two. The characters are flat, catty, and don't get along all the time for no reason at all. The entire book, Dan thinks to himself how much easier it would be if he just told his friends what was going on and then immediately doesn't. In general, it's a very frustrating read.
If you can get past stylistic problems, this is a good horror read. But otherwise, expect to be pulled out of the story every page or two due to very rough writing.
The main antagonist in this story is Brookline, a shuttered psychiatric hospital turned into a dormitory for students attending summer courses at the college. It turns out that Brookline is an old, crumbling, and imposing building that not even a fresh coat of paint and extensive landscaping can improve. It is now on the state's list of historical sites and will be preserved in all of its present ugliness. Brookline is one of the "old school" asylums where unmentionable experiments were conducted on patients deemed to be incurable, an old and dark building of secrets too horrific to once again see the light of day. An initial short exploration of an "off limits" section by our three geeks yields some interesting clues to the past worth investigating. And so the story begins.
Madeleine Roux has written an interesting thriller that draws you in as soon as you see the book cover. On the dark cover stands a young lady slightly out of focus who looks like she might be moving in the whirling dervish motions currently favored in horror films. The end papers are black, the interior pages feature several black and white photos of actual asylums, and the chapter markings are all dark and dreary. The book's cover is extremely well done and draws you to it like a magnet. All of the interior photos reinforce the readers' perception of what insane asylums actually look like, complete with pictures of patients, staff, and operating theater. All-in-all a great marketing package.
While the book is listed at being 320 pages long, the actual story is double-spaced and actually occupies about 242 pages. The rest is photos, chapter markers, acknowledgements, and indices. While is is a pretty quick read, the additional inclusions help to reinforce the atmosphere of the story. The writing is pretty tight and moves along nicely, but things get a little bit off balance and busy at the end. A great build up somehow manages to turn into a somewhat messy ending. And that's really too bad.
Dan is tormented by nightmares, people get hurt, and the three of them receive strange messages that could be from the beyond. On top of that, we see a glimpse of Dan’s past, his visits to a therapist, and some reasons are alluded to, but unfortunately never fully explained.
The creepiness is high in this one, and the author does a great job describing the creepier scenes. However, the characters were problematic. Dan has so many secrets shrouding his past it’s difficult to connect to him. For a large part of the book, I thought he would be an unrealiable narrator, and this also kept me distant from him, but at the same time, heightened the mystery. Jordan and Abby felt a little underdeveloped, and their behavior was all over the place – some thanks to the asylum, some of it seemingly random.
I felt like a lot of things weren’t explained yet and some issues could’ve been explored further, but overall, I had a fantastic time reading this. Plus, the photographs gave the book a nice touch.