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The Haven

The Haven

A Novel

Carol Lynch Williams

St. Martin's Griffin


For the teens at The Haven, the outside world, just beyond the towering stone wall that surrounds the premises, is a dangerous unknown. It has always been this way, ever since the hospital was established in the year 2020. But The Haven is more than just a hospital; it is their home. It is all they know. Everything is strictly monitored: education, exercise, food, and rest. The rules must be followed to keep the children healthy, to help control the Disease that has cast them as Terminals, the Disease that claims limbs and lungs—and memories.

But Shiloh is different; she remembers everything. Gideon is different, too. He dreams of a cure, of rebellion against the status quo. What if everything they've been told is a lie? What if The Haven is not the safe place it claims to be? And what will happen if Shiloh starts asking dangerous questions?

Powerful and emotional, The Haven takes us inside a treacherous world in which nothing is as it seems. "Imagine Anna Quindlen or Sue Miller turning her attention to writing a young adult novel, and you have an idea of what Carol Lynch Williams has done for early teen readers." (Audrey Couloumbis, author of the Newbery Honor Book Getting Near to Baby)


They came during lunch. They always do. You know, to get one of us.
We bent over our plates of grilled salmon, fresh green beans, and blueberries with cantaloupe. Close enough to whisper. Close enough to touch, if we dared....

Praise for The Haven

“Deliciously enigmatic.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The minute I read Carol Lynch Williams' The Haven, I knew I was in love with this book. First, it's a great story. Secondly, it touches on some important real-world issues going on right now.” —

“Williams successfully employs an emotionally resonant first-person narrative to tell a story that is both horrific and uncomfortably plausible....Gripping.” —Booklist

“With themes similar to Lowry's The Giver and Farmer's House of the Scorpion as well as Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, it's still a compelling work in its own right--atmospheric, tense, and thought provoking. Shiloh's voice is believable, and her poignant yearning for experience--once she stops taking the Tonic--and her musings on the meaning of life and what it means to be human will linger with readers for a long time.” —The Horn Book

“Williams's futuristic world is a chilling one….readers will be caught up in piecing together the disturbing truth about the Haven and then seeing how the escape plan unfolds. Between ethical considerations and an ambiguous ending, this is sure to spark discussion.” —VOYA

Reviews from Goodreads

Carol Lynch Williams

CAROL LYNCH WILLIAMS, who lives in Provo, Utah, was awarded the prestigious PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship. Her novel The Chosen One won the Whitney and the Association of Mormon Letters Awards for the best YA novel of the year. The Chosen One and Glimpse were both named "Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers" by the ALA, which also named Miles from Ordinary among the "Best Fiction for Young Adults" in 2012.

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