The One Safe Place is an unexpected and engaging dystopian novel set in a world where the rich rule and the poor stay out of their way. More than the larger social commentary, however, this story explores the life of homeless orphans and a society that exploits them. Slightly reminiscent of The Lord of the Flies or Among The Hidden, children take matters into their own hands when they discover the truth behind their isolated world.
At first glance, the Home has everything a child could ever want or imagine. But, after the initial sparkle has worn off, Devin realizes something is not quite right and nobody is allowed to leave. While he and his new friends at the Home search for a way out, they also try to solve the mysteries surrounding the sinister Administrator and the "Visitors" that observe the children.
This gripping adventure is also somewhat creepy, but will keep you turning pages looking for the happy ending. While geared to a YA audience, I would recommend The One Safe Place to anyone looking for a good read with a grim twist.
The One Safe Place
by Tania Unsworth
published by Algonquin Young Readers
recommended for ages 12 and up