Daniel has been accepted to a prestigious summer college prep program held at a university in New Hampshire. Unfortunately the normal college dorm is closed for renovations. This summer the students are being housed in an older building on campus, that just happens to be an old mental hospital. Daniel and his two new friends must race to figure out what secrets the building holds before someone else gets hurt. This is the first book in a trilogy.
This book reminded me, and everyone else, of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Asylum makes use of creepy black and white photographs Â and hand written notes that just add to the unsettling feeling the author is cultivating. However, unlike Miss Peregrine, this book is not paranormal. Everything that happens is caused by natural means.
Asylum is rated YA but I would place it a little younger than that. The characters are still in high school. That doesn’t automatically make it appeal to a younger audience but Daniel and his friends were immature. There was a little romance thatÂ was sweet, innocent and at odds with the horror theme that the author was going for. Nothing says horror like young love and first kisses. I just didn’t connect to this book the way I wanted to. I didn’t like the characters. I wasn’t scared. When the friends were doing something unwise,Â at no time did I ever think they were in actual danger.
Asylum was a quick read. I finished it in one evening. It seemed like a complete story with all the loose ends were tied up and no cliffhanger, which is odd for a series. I’m not sure where the author is going to go in the next book.
Read this book if you like the idea of horror but scare easily.
I received this book for free from the Random House booth at TLA 2015.