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9780062220967
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320pp
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Overview

Asylum is a thrilling and creepy photo-novel perfect for fans of the New York Times bestseller Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, New Hampshire College Prep is more than a summer program—it's a lifeline. An outcast at his high school, Dan is excited to finally make some friends in his last summer before college. But when he arrives at the program, Dan learns that his dorm for the summer used to be a sanatorium, more commonly known as an asylum. And not just any asylum—a last resort for the criminally insane.

As Dan and his new friends, Abby and Jordan, explore the hidden recesses of their creepy summer home, they soon discover it's no coincidence that the three of them ended up here. Because the asylum holds the key to a terrifying past. And there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.

Featuring found photos of unsettling history and real abandoned asylums and filled with chilling mystery and page-turning suspense, Madeleine Roux's teen debut, Asylum, is a horror story that treads the line between genius and insanity.

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Discuss the setting and the role it played. Describe when and where the story takes place.
Who are the main characters? What problems or conflicts does each character face in the book? Briefly describe each character.
What are the good points of this book? What did the author do well? Tell why you liked the book.
What, if any, were the bad points in the book? What did you feel the author did poorly? Tell why you didn't like the book.
This is where you give a brief summary of the book. Tell about at least two events that took place in the story. Don't give away the ending but give a 20 second synopsis that describes the story.
Without giving away the ending tell whether or not the ending was satisfying. Did the end fit the story?
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Story held my interest 
 
4.5
Writing style 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.5

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Setting
The setting takes place in a college the “ New Hampshire college prep” he gets to the college he goes to his dorm but the building is a very old building. All they did to make it look new was just slap a fresh new coat of paint on there but it didn’t do anything because you could still tell it was a very old building because of the cracks the bricks had and just how it looked in general.
Characters
The main character is Dan once he is at college he makes his way to his dorm and once he is at his dorm and he is wondering who his roomate is because he still isn’t there but his personal belongings were in the room minutes later this tall, skinny, nerdy kid is at the door his name is Felix and he start to greet Dan and then Felix says that he is his roomate. Dan goes and explores the campus and he meets a few other people named Abby, and Jordan and Dan tells the about the picture and one of them tells Dan that it could be a picture of back in the day when the college used to be an asylum and that picture could of been a picture of a doctor.
Good Points
The writing style that Madeleine Roux used was pretty good because it kept me engaged in the book and one thing I liked is that when for example when Dan found a picture in his desk the author put pictures in the book so we could get what the character was looking at and Madeleine also did a good job of rising action.
Bad Points
Madeleine didn’t have any bad points in the book in my opinion, she wrote the book very excellent there was nothing poorly everything was written great.
Plot Summary
Asylum is a thrilling, suspenseful book one event that took place in the book is that when Dan goes to college he’s in his dorm and finds a old picture and it makes him curious of why the picture is there. Dan goes out and explores the campus he starts to get dizzy out of nowhere and then his sight goes blurry, he starts to fall back and tries to grab a table but misses, luckily there was a girl who caught him just in time.
Ending
In the ending it fits perfectly with the setting. One thing that was satisfying was that there is a plot twist that you don’t get until the very end of the book. Once you get to the ending it makes you want to keep reading more of Roux stories because it’s that type of book that once you finish reading it that it makes you want more.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG
Sexual Content
PG
Violence
PG
Drug and Alcohol Use
PG
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Story held my interest 
 
4.0
Writing style 
 
3.5
Characters 
 
3.0

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Setting
The book takes place at a Brookline school in New Hampshire. A key feature of the plot is that the school used to be an asylum for the insane. The setting creates an ominous tone ands adds a chill factor to almost every page of the book, making the reader wonder what things from the past will emerge in Dan’s life. All three of the main characters become obsessed with the setting at some point in the story. Dan, with the buildings past. Abby, with her family's past at the asylum, and Jordan, with the injuries that the building seems to inflict.
Characters
Dan, the protagonist of the book, is the most developed character. This is seen through his social interactions. At the beginning of the story, Dan isa awkward with other people, and is conscious and aware of every action that he must do to seem “normal”. However, through certain situation and by meeting his new friends, Dan quickly changes and learns how to socially interact with others. This change in Dan shows depth in his character, exemplified through internal dialogue. On the other hand, Abby a main protagonist, is one of the least developed characters in Asylum. Her only main focus in the book is Dan, and she never really shows any other emotions besides lust. It seems that her character was only created to be a comic relief.
Good Points
Madeleine Roux was very good at creating an interesting story while using the basic plot structure. The story begins, includes rising action, which would be all of the mysterious clues the gang found throughout the book, has a major climax and then ends with a rather abrupt resolution. Although the structure may seem very overused, Roux does not fail to create an extremely suspenseful story that readers will not easily bore of.
Bad Points
One negative of Asylum, would be that the ending did leave a bit of a cliffhanger, with some questions not answered.
Plot Summary
Asylum, by Madeleine Roux recount the story of Daniel Crawford, a teen boy who goes by the name Dan. Its Dan’s first year at the New Hampshire College Prep Program and he hopes that he can make friends, something that he has struggled with back at his school. Surprisingly to Dan, he makes two friends right off the bat, Abby and Jordan. Things are going great, until Dan Abby and Jordan begin to explore their dorm rooms basement. As the gang comes to find out, the building in which they live is an old asylum which used to hold the “criminally insane”. A trail of suspicious and ominous findings occurs throughout the book, including a mysterious picture in Dan’s drawer, mysterious and seemingly unexplainable injuries and even a death at the school, whose responsibility is claimed by a “ghost”.
Ending
While the ending of the book was not utterly horrendous, it certainly failed to satisfy. Many questions that were key points to the story were left unfinished, and the ending was a massive cliff hanger. From this book, I learned how a seemingly cliche and basic plot structure can be revived to create a suspenseful and exciting read.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG
Sexual Content
PG
Violence
PG-13
Drug and Alcohol Use
G
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Story held my interest 
 
5.0
Writing style 
 
4.5
Characters 
 
4.5

ASYLUM

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Setting
The setting of this book takes place in the campus of the college in New Hampshire because that is where all the mysterious stuff starts to happen. The setting is a bit terrifying because after all this book is such a suspenseful, novel. The setting will throw you off in the beginning because it tends to have flashbacks of what the actual asylum looked like and how it looks like now. Roux makes it pretty clear that the setting is mainly being taken place in the New Hampshire campus that is where all the action starts to happen.
Characters
Author Roux does a great job putting all these characters up together. Mainly Dan and his friends as well she develops these character to help Dan throughout this horrifying experience. She makes these characters Abby and Jordan believable because their are parts in the book where you can make an emotional connection to these characters. Like the fact that they all just graduated and are starting off college, and it is super scary Roux makes it totally relatable I personally had that personal connection with these characters Roux did a fantastic job building up these characters with their physical appearance as well when she was describing them It felt as if I could visually see them.
Good Points
Roux has done an amazing job with this novel of series she will leave you wanting to read more and more. This book was such a great book Roux developed this book to such a suspenseful yet horrifying book, and although many others will critique that this book may seem like a classic with the asylum story I feel as if she recreated it on her own style but she just added that suspense that it needed because their are many scary novels out there but Roux novel has to be one of my favorites.
Bad Points
Roux style of writing in this novel Asylum is a thriller, and such suspenseful novel. Thriller because it just leaves you wanting to read more and more of the book and suspenseful because the novel is a bit horrifying. Throughout the book Roux is using a person's third point of view so it is a bit confusing at first also with Dan's nightmares she described them almost as if they were real events happening although they were not Roux made you feel as if they were. Throughout the novel of this book there are flashbacks where you have to go past tense and if you are not paying attention you might just get lost.
Plot Summary

Asylum written by Madeleine Roux is about a sixteen year old guy named Dan Crawford he has recently starting college and is enrolled in a program where he has moved into his new dorm. Everything is going smoothly as possible that is until he learns that his dorm used to be a sanitarium best known as an asylum. This was not just any asylum but this was the place where mentally ill people would go to. To his surprise him and his other two friends Abby and Jordan that moved in with him as well discover that it was not a coincidence that all three of them had moved in together into these dorms where it used to be an asylum. Because this past asylum holds many past dark secrets that refuse to be forgotten.
Ending
Roux in the end will leave you wanting to read the rest of the book series. It will have you intrigued with the first that you will want to stay updated. Roux makes you feel as if you are one of the characters and the ending of this book will leave you in a bit of a cliffhanger that you will want to read the rest of the series. I feel like Roux was trying to emphasize the fact that sometimes people are something they are not and that these typed of scary and terrifying situations may happen in real life not just in a book.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG-13
Sexual Content
PG
Violence
R
Drug and Alcohol Use
PG
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Story held my interest 
 
4.5
Writing style 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0

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Setting
Roux decided that she wanted the story to take place during summer in New Hampshire, with a few rainstorms here and there. This gave the novel an unsettling feeling. In the novel, Dan realizes that he and the warren of Brookline had the same name. Being adopted, Dan thought they were related.
Characters
Dan is the main character who is timid and has a social awkwardness. The other two main characters, Abby and Jordan, aren’t affected by Brookline like Dan is. Abby is an artist who really outgoing and willing to befriend many people, as for Jordan, he’s a little more quiet. Madeleine Roux wanted a variety of different personalities in the main character trio. Another character is Felix, an intelligent boy. Dan and Felix are roommates in the novel.
Good Points
Roux has a way of writing that just had me at the edge of my seat, wanting me to keep reading her novel. Throughout the book she keeps you distracted by something that happens and away from what happens in the end. The way Roux had chosen her words made it believable, that anything could be real.
Plot Summary
In the novel, Asylum written by Madeleine Roux is a suspenseful read. Her main character, Daniel Crawford or Dan, is attending a college prep program for five weeks of the summer at New Hampshire College. Dan is notified before he gets there that he wouldn’t be staying in the dorms because they were being renovated. Instead he would be housing in an older building named Brookline, which is an asylum. Throughout the book Dan learns more about what Brookline used to be like.
Ending
The ending of the story fits perfectly with the setting. There is a twist in the plot that you do not realize till the very ending, which I find very satisfying. What I got out of the novel was a great ghost story. Madeleine Roux wanted to show her audience that anything can be possible.
Do you recommend this book?
No
Language
PG-13
Sexual Content
PG
Violence
R
Drug and Alcohol Use
G
Overall rating 
 
2.3
Story held my interest 
 
1.0
Writing style 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0

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Setting
The setting of this book is a pretty countryside with college that used to be a Asylum in the middle of it. The college is also surrounded by a small town where the students go out to hang out or on dates. The college itself is creepy to say the least. The secret rooms are what one would expect from a horror movie. Shackles, blood stains, and creepy pictures litter the walls. The setting does a good job at portraying how creepy the asylum use to be, but it is also very generic.
Characters
Dan is the main character of this book. He is cringe worthy in the way that he acts, but that may have been what Roux was going for. He is nerdy, socially awkward, and a nice guy. He meets Abby and Jordan right when he arrives at the school. Abby is a bubbly, artsy, very attractive outgoing girl who seems to take a liking to Dan right of the bat. This seems moderately unbelievable but it is heartwarming. Jordan is the typical comic relief except for he’s gay. All of the characters are pretty generic in the way that they act, and their problems are pretty common.
Good Points
The writing is alright in this book. It is descriptive enough to show some fear in the characters which is admirable. It is just very generic at times. It feels like I’ve read this story before, a typical horror love story type book with some curveballs that were expected. There are elements of the love story that are very touching, but others that made me cringe because it was so unrealistic. Also, how the students act towards each other is not very believable, it seems too robotic.
Bad Points
Good and bad points are described in the good points section.
Plot Summary
In Asylum by Madoline, Roux Dan is a typical nerdy high school student who goes to a summer school at an old asylum that has been turned into a college. He chooses this over going to a baseball camp, which his dad opposed at first. When Dan arrives he is very scared that he will be alone, but to his relief he meets a couple friends right of the bat, Abby and Jordan. Dan begins to have strange dreams, and this eventually leads to him and his friends exploring a restricted area of the old asylum. They find some strange things and this only sparks his interest in the history of this college. A few days later a student was killed which puts the danger into the story. Also there’s a love story on the side between Dan and Abby.
Ending
Because of my thoughts before, I was already biased to hate the ending. I just did not like this book because of how predictable it was. However, the ending did solve the mysteries that came up in the book, so at least it granted the reader closure. The characters did grow as the book went on; Dan changed the most out of all of them so it was nice to see that. Nothing is impossible is what Roux tried to say through this book.

Do you recommend this book?
No
Language
R
Sexual Content
PG
Violence
R
Drug and Alcohol Use
R
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