The Death House

The Death House

A Novel

Book - 2015
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A tale set in a near-future world where children identified with defective genes are removed from their families and sent to bleak existences on a remote island, 16-year-old Toby falls in love with a newcomer with whom he seizes control of his life.
Publisher: London [UK] : Titan Books, 2015.
Edition: First Titan Books edition.
ISBN: 9781783298037
1783298030
Branch Call Number: SF PINBOROUGH, SARAH
Characteristics: 283 pages ; 21 cm

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LPL_KateG Aug 08, 2017

I'd only recently heard of this author from her recent book, Behind Her Eyes (which is super creepy and gives you a taste for Pinborough's style). This book feels way more like a YA novel, but was also quite enjoyable. It's creepy at times, but also poignant and bittersweet, addressing issues of love and death and chosen family.

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Mar 11, 2016

Moody and brooding with teen angst dripping off every page in the first third of the book. An excellent combination of coming-of-age, loss of innocence, and tragic romance. There is an feeling in the air of Edgar Allan Poe in the ancient house on the isolated island with the over-seeing Matron evoking the ever-watchful raven.

This is an excellent novel, with definite nods to Lord of the Flies throughout. As a matter of fact one of the books the students are studying is LOTF.

The connection between Toby and Clara is sweet, first love in spite of the place and time and it lifts the story beyond its brooding background and leaves the reader with a feeling of hope even through the inevitable tragedies.

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