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The Getaway

by Lamar Giles

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Horror. Suspense. Thriller. Young Adult Fiction. HTML:

"Timely, thrilling, and gripping from start to finish. An absolute page-turner." â??Karen M. McManus, #1 New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying

Jay is living his best life at Karloff Country, one of the world's most famous resorts. He's got his family, his crew, and an incredible after-school job at the property's main theme park. Life isn't so great for the rest of the world, but when people come here to vacation, it's to get away from all that.

As things outside get worse, trouble starts seeping into Karloff. First, Jay's friend Connie and her family disappear in the middle of the night and no one will talk about it. Then the richest and most powerful families start arriving, only... they aren't leaving. Unknown to the employees, the resort has been selling shares in an end-of-the-world oasis. The best of the best at the end of days. And in order to deliver the top-notch customer service the wealthy clientele paid for, the employees will be at their total beck and call.

Whether they like it or not.

Yet Karloff Country didn't count on Jay and his crewâ??and just how far they'll go to find out the truth and save themselves. But what's more dangerous: the monster you know in your home or the unknown nightmare outside the walls… (more)

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Set inside a Disneyesque amusement park and told from the point of view of a handful of teens who work and live within its walls, this apocalyptic YA novel describes what happens when the 1% plot the destruction and rebuilding of the world, press the start button, and then hide behind the walls of a luxury resort to wait out the destruction. Spoiler: things get bad.

The idea for the plot is interesting, and at first the build-up was too, but somewhere about halfway through, it seemed to fall off into Bland Land, and the climax wasn’t as tense or thrilling as it could have been. I needed to be more invested in the characters, too. ( )
  electrascaife | Nov 7, 2023 |
YA horror is CRAZY, this was so full of bonkers twists and turn. I couldn't tear myself away and finished in practically one sitting. I don't use the stars on here anymore but *easily* this is 5 star. What a wild ride, this went by crazy fast for four hundred pages!
  parasolofdoom | Oct 3, 2023 |
This book is horrifying and disturbing. It's set in the future but all the technology in it is possible today and that makes it even scarier because I know that stupidly rich, narcissistic people would be down for using parts as a playbook. Great social commentary and a look into (hopefully) not our future. ( )
  LynnMPK | Jun 27, 2023 |
A student named Jay thinks he's working the perfect job at a resort until he realizes that the rich people who are visiting, are actually gathering for the end of the world. A lockdown ensures Jay and his family aren't going anywhere. His friend, the heir to the resort disappears just in time for the revelation that him and the other staff are expected to serve the elite guests until death. The perfect job soon because an enslavement living-nightmare. ( )
  Miss_Chris | Apr 2, 2023 |
When I first started this book I found the narrative slow and a bit juvenile (even for a YA book). However, that quickly changed as the story quickly escalated from a dystopian future to one of sheer horror at the Jordan Peele level. Scenarios and themes such as corporate greed, cultural and racial inequity, political corruption all hit close to home in our current world. Violence, mayhem, torture and cruelty actually forced me to put this book down and pause for a few moments to compose myself. This book is not for the faint of heart, but I to thoroughly recommend. ( )
  aatella83 | Mar 28, 2023 |
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Jay is grateful for his spot within Karloff Country’s wealthy community as the U.S. suffers national meat shortages, raging West Coast fires, East Coast flooding, and natural disasters battering Middle America. But when Connie and her family disappear overnight, it’s just the beginning of a series of ominous incidents.... Told through the teens’ alternating perspectives, Giles’s (Spin) harrowing dystopian novel combines an exploration of capitalistic greed and systemic racism and oppression with gripping psychological horror, resulting in a read that is guaranteed to terrify.
added by Lemeritus | editPublisher's Weekly (Jul 7, 2022)
 
Jay has it pretty good, all things considered, in a not-too-distant future absolutely ravaged by droughts, fires, floods, and powder-keg instability. He and his family are live-in employees of Karloff Country, a mountaintop in Virginia taken over by a billionaire family who created their own version of Disneyland as a refuge for their similarly wealthy peers to cavort away from the destruction they helped create....With hints of Cory Doctorow, Jordan Peele, and Richard Matheson, this book stands on its own as a dystopian adventure, but the deeper metaphors around servitude, privilege, class, and solidarity mean that there’s a lot to think about as the characters reckon with their proximity to and complicity in violence both local and far-flung.
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Official Karloff Family Archives, from TV Guide, June 4-10, 1972
Be sure to tune into the opening of
Karloff Country
An Exuberant, Coast-to-Coast, 90-Minute TV Special
Highlight the Dedication Ceremonies for "The Funniest Place Around"
NBC-TV
June 4
8:00-9:30 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
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For the Vista Way Crew, Spring 2000
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"No one has ever died in Karloff Country." That's what Zeke told us his dad told him. Mr. Johnson told Zeke a lot of wild things about our home. -Chapter 1
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Horror. Suspense. Thriller. Young Adult Fiction. HTML:

"Timely, thrilling, and gripping from start to finish. An absolute page-turner." â??Karen M. McManus, #1 New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying

Jay is living his best life at Karloff Country, one of the world's most famous resorts. He's got his family, his crew, and an incredible after-school job at the property's main theme park. Life isn't so great for the rest of the world, but when people come here to vacation, it's to get away from all that.

As things outside get worse, trouble starts seeping into Karloff. First, Jay's friend Connie and her family disappear in the middle of the night and no one will talk about it. Then the richest and most powerful families start arriving, only... they aren't leaving. Unknown to the employees, the resort has been selling shares in an end-of-the-world oasis. The best of the best at the end of days. And in order to deliver the top-notch customer service the wealthy clientele paid for, the employees will be at their total beck and call.

Whether they like it or not.

Yet Karloff Country didn't count on Jay and his crewâ??and just how far they'll go to find out the truth and save themselves. But what's more dangerous: the monster you know in your home or the unknown nightmare outside the walls

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