Title: The Hallowed Ones
Author: Laura Bickle
Published: September 25, 2012
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Katie is on the verge of her Rumspringa, the time in Amish life when teenagers can get a taste of the real world. But the real world comes to her in this dystopian tale with a philosophical bent. Rumors of massive unrest on the “Outside” abound. Something murderous is out there. Amish elders make a rule: No one goes outside, and no outsiders come in. But when Katie finds a gravely injured young man, she can’t leave him to die. She smuggles him into her family’s barn—at what cost to her community? The suspense of this vividly told, truly horrific thriller will keep the pages turning.
I am in love with this book. I couldn’t put it down. I started it in the morning while keeping my mom company (She had surgery and gets bored easily) and I read through it in a couple hours. I fell absolutely head over heels for this world. I love the insight into the Amish world, and the fact that it feels authentic. Katie is an amazing character who comes to stand on her own. This is something that I found really great to read, because of her societal obligations to the Amish church and the way of life.
Katie grows so much through this novel. Her interactions between her family and the other members of her faith and the English are so well written and thought out. This book hit so many good buttons for me. She’s a strong female character who grows, and while there is romance, it doesn’t go the way it would normally go in a YA/NA novel. I like the vampires in this novel, and am so thankful that we’re slowly turning the page back to monster vampires–the blood thirsty creatures of horror. These vampires are fast and brutal and disturbing. Vampire lore is also respected in this novel which I appreciate so much.