Asylum by Madeleine Roux is a horror story for teenagers.

Overview: For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, the New Hampshire College Prep program is the chance of a lifetime. Except that when Dan arrives, he finds that the usual summer housing has been closed, forcing students to stay in the crumbling Brookline Dorm—formerly a psychiatric hospital. As Dan and his new friends Abby and Jordan start exploring Brookline’s twisty halls and hidden basement, they uncover disturbing secrets about what really went on here . . . secrets that link Dan and his friends to the asylum’s dark past. Because Brookline was no ordinary mental hospital, and there are some secrets that refuse.

My Ideation: Although I am not a teenager, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  It had me wanting to get to the bottom of the problem.  The three characters, Dan, Abby, and Jordan, are likeable.  They are intelligent and seem older than their years.  They bond in friendship quickly and are willing to aid one another.

There are many mysteries throughout the story.  Roux gives Dan feelings and thoughts of being in another life.  He even shares the name of the Warden who was in charge of the asylum, Brookline.  Ironically, the threesome are staying in Brookline, which have been set up like dormitories.  They are on a five-week summer college prep program, but they find much more than just new learning.

A murder, an attack, and a kidnapping are all part of this story.  Roux brings the asylum to life through her descriptions and the black and white photos she’s included in the story.

I am halfway through the second book called Sanctum and can’t wait to finish it.  Look for the third book as well – Catacomb.

About the Author: Madeleine Roux is the New York Times Bestselling author of the ASYLUM series. She received  her BA in Creative Writing  and Acting from Beloit College in 2008. In the spring of 2009, Madeleine completed an Honors Term at Beloit College, proposing, writing and presenting a full-length historical fiction novel. Shortly after, she began the experimental fiction blog Allison Hewitt Is Trapped. Allison Hewitt Is Trapped quickly spread throughout the blogosphere, bringing a unique serial fiction experience to readers.

Born in Minnesota, she lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Summation: 5/5