Gateway by Christina Garner

The Gateway Trilogy #1

Ember has always known she doesn’t belong in this world. But when she tries to correct the mistake, she wakes to find herself in a mental institution. She’s soon drawn to Taren, the mysterious boy with hazel eyes. He’s not what he seems, but what is he?When chaos erupts, they are forced to flee the institution together, and the secret that Taren has been keeping brings Ember closer to understanding her own. And leads her to… the Gateway.


Ember just wanted to be over with her life and the unfairness of the world, but she is disappointed when she waked up in a hospital and from there to a mental institution. In the institution she meets Taren, a mysterious boy that seems to be always watching over another patient, a thirteen-year-old girl named Callie. When Callie suddenly attacks Ember, the consequences lead Ember, Taren and Callie fleeing the institution, and Ember discovers why she hears a voice in her head and why is important to Taren to take her and Callie to a special institution. There Ember discover she is different and that the institution need her more than ever.>br> I liked the rhythm of the book, we are thrown right into Ember’s life and conflicting thoughts about the mysterious voice in her head to her paranoiac mother. The development of what happens in the mental institution made me curious of why Taren was so protective of Callie and what was her problem. And when the institution is attacked by a strange monster, the whole scene keep you reading page after page. And then there’s the whole new institution that teaches people like Callie and Ember to block those voices, but even among all the others that hear a lot of voices Ember is different and we don’t know why.
Ember is someone that even after going through the voice always telling her to not trust anyone and on top of that her mother own mental illness, she is keeping most thing together and haven’t going insane yet. I don’t know if I would be as sane as Ember in this situation. And even though she was sort of interested in Taren, she tried to not exactly act on it mostly because she knew there was so much she didn’t know about him. Their relationship was developed slowly and I’m glad with that, because there was a lot of interesting things happening too. Callie changed a lot from the girl that we first meet in the mental facility and I’m glad she was there to still become Ember’s friend and thanks to her Ember could finally have real friends. I love pretty much all the characters in this book, even those that seemed a little too stoic and judging of Ember at first.
This book is the first in the trilogy and I’ll certainly read the other two.

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