In a terrifying future world, four girls must depend on each other if they want to survive.
Louisa is nervous about being sent away to a boarding school — but she’s excited, too. And she has her best friend, Maddie, to keep her company. The girls have to pretend to be twin sisters, which Louisa thinks just adds to the adventure!
Country Manor School isn’t all excitement, though. Louisa isn’t sure how she feels about her new roommates: athletic but snobby Rosie and everything’s-a-conspiracy Evelyn. Even Maddie seems different away from home, quiet and worried all the time.
Still, Louisa loves CMS — the survival skills classes, the fresh air. She doesn’t even miss not having a TV, or the internet, or any contact with home. It’s for their own safety, after all.
Or is it?
During student teaching today I had finished the Netgalley book I was reading (reviews for those books coming soon! The reviews have to be posted within a certain proximity to the publish date, but trust me some great book reviews are written and scheduled!), and this book happened to be on the desk where I was sitting.
Behind the Gates was fast paced, and reminded me a lot of some of the series I read when I was middle school (like the On the Run series). I would have been sucked in by this when I was younger, and even now I was still hooked (I guess I have a thing for middle grade adventure books with high stakes).
Was it obvious that something was up with the school the characters were sent to? Yes. However, I was still interested to see the exact twist and I was not prepared for the cliffhanger ending wow. Luckily my cooperating teacher had the sequel!
A quick read sure to grab younger readers intrigued by the dystopian genre.