The One Safe Place: Book summary and reviews of The One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth

The One Safe Place

by Tania Unsworth

The One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth X
The One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth

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In this near-future dystopia with echoes of The Giver and Among the Hidden, Tania Unsworth has created an unsettling page-turner - fast-paced, smooth, filled with dread—that's wholly satisfying and startlingly original.

Devin doesn't remember life before the world got hot; he has grown up farming the scorched earth with his grandfather in their remote valley. When his grandfather dies, Devin heads for the city. Once there, among the stark glass buildings, he finds scores of children, just like him, living alone on the streets. They tell him rumors of a place for abandoned children, with unlimited food and toys and the hope of finding a new family. But only the luckiest get there.

An act of kindness earns Devin an invitation to the home, but it's soon clear that it's no paradise. As Devin investigates the intimidating administrator and the zombie-like sickness that afflicts some children, he discovers the home's horrific true mission. The only real hope is escape, but the place is as secure as a fortress.

Fans of dystopian fiction and spine-chilling adventure will devour The One Safe Place; its haunting themes will resonate long after readers have turned the final page.

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"Starred Review. [A] chilling and engrossing tale filled with detailed, sharply drawn characters... A standout." - Kirkus

"Unsworth unravels the story with skilled deliberation, creating a page-turning mix of suspense, intrigue, and anxiety. The kids are genuine and quirky, just the right kind of mismatched misfits to snag readers' hearts. This is a wholly enjoyable journey, and a dystopian vision with some great new twists. Ages 10–up." - Publishers Weekly

"This frightening and mysterious book surprised me again and again. Unsworth has created a world where nothing is as it seems and horrors lurk around every corner. When you read it, you will quickly discover one terrifying fact - there IS no safe place!" - R. L. Stine

"Tania Unsworth has written a lightning-fast and spine-chilling novel. Readers will root for Devin with white knuckles and pounding hearts." - Michael Grant, New York Times best selling author of Gone, BZRK, and The Magnificent 12

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Jo Sartorius

Best Book Ever!
I just got this book because of Devin, since he's my favorite YouTuber's brother, but once I turned the first page, I knew there was more to this book then Devan. This book can transform you into whole new world full of suspence, mystery, and curiosity. You have no choice, but to get this book. NOW!??

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Tania Unsworth

Tania Unsworth, the daughter of the late Barry Unsworth, spent her childhood in Cambridge, UK. She currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with her husband and two sons. This is her first book for young readers.

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