Asylum (Asylum Series #1)

Asylum (Asylum Series #1)

by Madeleine Roux

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Overview

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 shivery fantasy series, House of Furies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062220981
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/20/2013
Series: Asylum Series , #1
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 26,922
File size: 17 MB
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Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Madeleine Roux is the New York Times bestselling author of Asylum, which has sold into nine countries around the world and which Publishers Weekly called ‘a strong YA debut’. Sanctum is the second installment in the series about Dan, Abby, and Jordan. Madeleine is also the author of Alison Hewitt Is Trapped and Sadie Walker Is Stranded. A graduate of the Beloit College MFA program, Madeleine now lives in Minnesota.

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Asylum 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 147 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was excited about the plot and use of photos. I couldn't wait to read the book being compaired to Miss Peregrin's Home for Peculiar Children. Unfortunatly, this book fell short of expectations. The characterization tried to be dynamic but instead the characters came across as unfleshed out. I never had a grasp on who they were supposed to be. The use of photos was strange because they didn't run congruently with the text, they seemed random at times. Further more, the end (and I promise not to spoil) was not a satisfactory resolution to the plot and didn't provide a compelling cliff hanger for a sequel. I have since learned this is the first in a series but I will not be reading the subsequent books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very, very disappointing. The book was so badly written that I could not suspend reality at all and the story just ended up being silly. This is a shame since it is a very good plot line. The pictures could have easily been left out as they added very little to the story. I was also very disappointed that Ms. Roux gave no thanks or credit to Ransom Rees, who had an excellent "picture" book with Ms. Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, which was actually written around real, unusual pictures. It is also pretty obvious that Ms. Roux did no research on how lobotomies were performed. If she had, she would have found out that they were done through the eye socket - NOT through the forehead. The characters were all, except for poor Lucy, one-dimensional and extraordinarily self-centered who were constantly throwing fits when they did not get their way. All in all they were all very pathetic. This could have been a very good the hands of a better writer or even a better editor. As it is, well, this is just my opinion, but it pretty much sucked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously, did the author literally write all of the five star reviews herself.  This is the deal with this book, it did set up some good storyline but it was not executed properly!  The author could not write or get into the mind of a teenage boy, she write that the main character is socially awkward but gets best friends not soon after that statement.  She makes one of the characters gay so she can relate her novel to the LGBTQ community but that's it.  She just says that he's gay and doesn't go farther than that.  I seriously hope that the writer goes back to school or at least find herself another job.  I usually don't hate books but this book, oh this book is seriously a waste of money.  The author is seriously trying to rip off Miss Peregrine's home for pecular children! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The photos are easily located on the internet. Boring book with some misuse of psychiatric labels. Hated this. And the characters were flat and uninteresting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, I was so excited to read this. I did like the real photos and the plot. However I was not very satisfied with the ending, I felt like there were a lot of questions unanswered.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love books of this genre, sadly this book didn't thrill me. I am a huge Ransom Riggs fan and ASYLUM just came across as a poorly written wannabe. It was a fast read only because I couldn't wait for it to be over. I recommend that if you are a Riggs fan, you pass on ASYLUM.......and if even if you aren't.
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
After hearing about this at the Frenzy Presents event, I really wanted to read it!! A horror book that includes pictures from a real life asylum, talk about spooky!! Sixteen year old Dan is the main protagonist in this book. Dan leaves his house to go to New Hampshire College prep that is a summer program. Dan has never had any friends at school, so he was determined to make some at his summer program! He meets Abby and Jordan, and those three go on quite an adventure at school. They find hidden rooms at their school, and the decide to go in and explore. When they find weird and scary pictures of doctors and patients, Dan and Abby are determined to find out more.To be honest, I didn't find this as creepy as I expected it to be. The story line wasn't that interesting, and nothing exciting ever came up at first. Later on, some shocking stuff did happen, and the book started picking it's pace up. The pictures in the book were pretty cool as well. I have to admit, there was a lot of confusing stuff here. I'm still not clear about what really happened in the end. I thought there would be a sequel, but it does not say so on goodreads. The characters were okay, nothing special. Also, there was a bit romance, but it didn't stand out for me either.Overall, I just guess this book was bleh. Nothing great, nothing horrible either. I kind of think this turned out into a big mess in the end. I don't know if it's paranormal or fantasy or whatnot. Nothing was explained properly, and if there isn't a sequel, then how are we supposed to understand? If anyone is looking for a somewhat horror book, then I would recommend this one. I also thought it would be fit for a younger audience as well. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The end of it was something I did not expect. Yet it did help me think of new things to add to my own writing. I find that insanity, asylums, and slight drama can make a book interesting.
CJC67 More than 1 year ago
I loved it! WOW what an exceptional book. I am way past the Teen Section in the book department but, this one was wonderful!!! You are immediate thrust into an everyday occurrence but then as the writer pulls you in you get to see the real reason your there. Dan is a junior in high school going to attend a summer program for kids that enjoy learning and getting their feet were for what college will have to offer. Everything seems normal til Dan meets his roommate and finds a mysterious picture in his desk draw. This leads to more and more questions that Dan must figure out. Dan ends up questioning his own sanity and the place he will call home for the next 5 weeks. I was addicted to this book I finished it in 2 days!! I could not put it down. I was introduced to the book via my book club. We are reading it this month for our next months meeting. Very excited to discuss this book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first when I started reading it I didn't like how the author kind of just threw it all in there. I started reading it for a creative writing class and so of course I saw all the flaws in the plot. It left me more wondering what th characters looked like than what was actually going on. The author kind of failed in details, and it left you wondering more about the relationships between Dan, Abby, and Jordan. I give it 3.5 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was expecting more action or drama. You also have to asume alot all through out the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the book in my school library and th reason that it doesnt answer all of the questions is because there was a sequel. That answers them all. Its called sanctum, and its where they go ack to try and stop thier nightmares and they ind out a bunch of stuff. Good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall, I was disappointed in Asylum, which is a shame as the cover looked so promising!  The entire novel had some good ideas, but it felt like Roux was testing the waters of authorship rather than diving in headfirst.  Although billed as a photo novel, I did not find the pictures to enhance, but detract from the storyline, they appeared to be poor reproductions or B grade PhotoShop examples.  This book was alright, I am interested in reading the second installment solely to discover if Roux developed the suggestions of Asylum. 
darbyla More than 1 year ago
I was super excited to read this book, but I'm about 1/2 way through it and am mildly disappointed. It seems to be written at more of a YA level. I feel like I'm reading a book that is trying to be eerie and suspenseful, but is falling short. The photographs are interesting, but not integrated well within the story. Overall rating 2/5.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Asylum had a promising idea for a plot- a former mental hospital whose ghosts of its past are haunting current-day tennants, a group of kids taking college courses. But, in my opinion, it was less a horror story than it was just a story. As other reviews have noted, the pictures didn't always match up with what was being said and seemed out of place, so as a result, they didn't do all that much to add atmosphere to the tale. Often, what was meant to be scary or creepy was just confusing. Ms. Roux seemed to have taken a variety of good ideas and mashed them together in a fairly poor fashion. As I described it to a friend- the end strikes me as though it's trying to be a mix of the game Mad Father, the more serious or creepy aspects of the television show Supernatural, and the atmosphere of just about any horror game taking place in a mental hospital, like the game Afraid of Monsters. These are all good ideas, and when put together in the correct way in the correct form, could end up being very scary or haunting indeed. It just wasn't put together correctly, and the way the characters were used as the means
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very creepy and compelling once you get through the initial intro and set-up.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Read the series, I really liked them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This+book+started+out+with+some+amazing+concepts+and+ideas%2C++however%2C+towards+the+middle+and+end+things+started+feeling+rushed+and+incomplete.+I+was+left+with+more+questions+than+answers+and+not+completely+satisfied+with+the+outcomes+of+the+ending.+It+was+still+an+interesting+read+but+I%27m+still+debating+if+I+should+give+book+2+a+chance+or+not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I kept coming back to find out what was coming next!! A thriller that would make a good spooky movie!!
DriedUpPen More than 1 year ago
If you see my list of books, you'll see that there's no surprise that this book is in my Top 10 list of the books I loved the most! If you want to see the whole review, you can visit my blog! http://drieduppen.org/old-school-ghost-stories-are-back-review-of-asylum-by-madeleine-roux/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book didn’t see the twist coming
tommygrrl723 More than 1 year ago
I hate to give books one star, but in this case, I think that rating this book as one star is more than generous (as it almost wound up in my "I couldn't even finish it, it was that bad" shelf). Before I go any further with this review let me mention that I have read Young Adult books before, and some I have enjoyed very much. This book, in my opinion, was written on more of a middle school/intermediate reader level. I think that the only reason it would be considered a YA/Teen read is the occasional swear words used. The characters were quirky, but we're written in a way that I, personally, didn't connect with, and therefore didn't much care about their fate. The mystery/thriller aspect was weak, the story line seemed to fall apart, and the ending....well, let's just say there is a reason why they made it a series, still even it fell flat. Honestly, I was drawn to this book on display in the bookstore because, from the cover, synopsis, and the fact that it was part of a 'successful series', this book seemed like a home run...I guess the old adage is true, You can't judge a book by its cover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The thing that got me was the ending. Like why would a book end like that. But i said before it was an awesome book. And all those people who said it sucked or it was poorly written you guys are just really dumb. But to those people who said it great or liked the book you guys are #1. By the way this was her first teen book and there are several more Asylum books. My favorite part us when Dan finds out he going insane.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Part ghost story part mystery could not guess where this book was going and found all the characters intersting.