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The One Safe Place

Fiction: Young Adult / Science Fiction / Dystopia
Unabridged   7.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 04/29/2014

The One Safe Place

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Audio CD ISBN:9781622313389
Digital Download ISBN:9781622313396


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.

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Product Description

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.


“Reminiscent of Clive Barker’s The Thief of Always. . . . Fast-paced and gripping. An original dystopian story for middle-grade readers.”
      —School Library Journal [HC starred review]

“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.”
      —Publishers Weekly

Author Bio

TANIA UNSWORTH, the daughter of the late British novelist Barry Unsworth, spent her childhood in Cambridge, United Kingdom, before moving to America in her early twenties. She is the author of two previous novels for adult readers,The Seahorse and Before We Began. She currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with her husband and two sons. This is her first book for young readers.