Katie is on the verge of her Rumspringa, the time in Amish life when teenagers can get a taste of the real world. But the real world comes to her in this dystopian tale with a philosophical bent. Rumors of massive unrest on the “Outside” abound. Something murderous is out there. Amish elders make a rule: No one goes outside, and no outsiders come in. But when Katie finds a gravely injured young man, she can’t leave him to die. She smuggles him into her family’s barn—at what cost to her community? The suspense of this vividly told, truly horrific thriller will keep the pages turning.
I found this book after Karina Halle(author)reviewed it on GoodReads and made it sound so good I had to buy it. It sat in my to be read pile for two months and after I started reading it, I realized what a mistake I made putting off reading it.
Katie is a happy but mildly rebellious Amish teenager. Her life is very simple. She’s expected to marry the boy next door, but not until she gets her turn to go out and live among The English before joining the church. Her only want is to actually see a movie. One day, everything changes in the world and in just a few short days, Katie’s life is turned upside down.
I went into this book not really remembering what it was supposed to be about, so what happens is a complete surprise to me, and I won’t tell any spoilers here. It was so much better and creepier to read it on your own. And this book is creepy as in paranormal creepy or even horror. I think one of the reasons I was fascinated was because the main character was Amish and it is all told from her perspective. The Plain People’s life is so simple that when the outside world goes crazy, the people can’t believe that the world and the evil outside would actually encroach on their lives. They couldn’t be any more wrong.
What a great book this was and as I said before I was totally fascinated with it. I loved Katie as a character and an outsider named Alex was just as likable. Another character that I started out liking actually ended up not so great. In addition to the evil outside the village, the other villains of this book would have to be the Elders of the church. Enough said about that.
It’s a really quick read and very well paced so that the creepy level starts out slowly and escalates perfectly.I am sure there was an enormous amount of research about the Amish lifestyle done by the author, because descriptions of Amish life were told beautifully.This was very well written and I definitely will be reading the second book titled,The Outside. Anyone that likes really different paranormal books will probably love this book. I certainly did.
I rated it 5 stars.