Title: The Dollhouse Asylum
Author: Mary Gray
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication Date: 10-22-13
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Fantasy
A virus that had once been contained has returned, and soon no place will be left untouched by its destruction. But when Cheyenne wakes up in Elysian Fields–a subdivision cut off from the world and its monster-creating virus–she is thrilled to have a chance at survival.
At first, Elysian Fields,with its beautiful houses and manicured lawns, is perfect. Teo Richardson, the older man who stole Cheyenne’s heart, built it so they could be together. But when Teo tells Cheyenne there are tests that she and seven other couples must pass to be worthy of salvation, Cheyenne begins to question the perfection of his world.
The people they were before are gone. Cheyenne is now “Persephone,” and each couple has been re-named to reflect the most tragic romances ever told. Everyone is fighting to pass the test, to remain in Elysian Fields. Teo dresses them up, tells them when to move and how to act, and in order to pass the test, they must play along.
If they play it right, then they’ll be safe.
But if they play it wrong, they’ll die.
For this week’s Waiting on Wednesday, I chose The Dollhouse Asylum by Mary Gray. I found this book on Rather Be Reading YA‘s Top 10 Books on My Fall TBR List and immediately fell in love with it after reading the synopsis on Goodreads.
And look at that cover! It’s gorgeous, but also so creepy at the same time.
The idea behind this book is so original, and I honestly really like reading about relationships between older guys and younger girls (I don’t know why…is this weird? I mean, there are a lot of books like this, so I guess I’m probably not that weird. I’m sure Freud would have a lot to say about this.).
I also really like the name. There are so many double entendres going on here. It’s a dollhouse. It’s an asylum. Dolls living in an asylum is inherently oxymoronic. Is the dollhouse itself an asylum? Is it an asylum specifically for dolls? Asylum could also mean a safe haven, not necessarily an “insane asylum.” So is the safe haven for the dolls? Are the dollhouses safe havens?
SO MANY QUESTIONS! I love stuff like that, though.