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The tension is cranked up another notch, if that is even possible. The kids are trying to outsmart their caretakers, who are raising them to be food for the monsters in charge of the farm. When Sister Krone overhears them talking about their escape, she confronts them. She’ll give them the information they need to escape, because she can use their escape to discredit Isabella and take her place as Mom. But can she be trusted?
Most emphatically – NO! Neither adult in charge of the farm can be trusted. Not one bit. Emma, Norman, Ray, Don, and Gilda have their work cut out for them. How are they going to escape with all of the younger kids when they have no idea what they are facing once they climb over the wall surrounding Grace Field House? They have found some clues that there might be other humans outside of the farm from a code left in the library, but is it real, or just another trap to keep them off-balance?
This is a great series, and I don’t want to delve too deeply into the plot, because most of the fun is all of the mind-games and plot twists. Just when you think the kids are a step ahead of Mom and Krone, you find out that they are actually two steps behind! The rivalry between Mom and Krone helps the kids, because it keeps their attention divided. With all of the subtle maneuvering between the two adults, they can’t focus their attention 100% on their charges. The kids are doing everything in their power to maintain the illusion that they are being obedient and controlled, so that they aren’t shipped out sooner.
This is such a creepy concept. Raising children to be food for monsters is so horrifyingly evil, and both Isabella and Krone are portrayed as cunning and calculating, striving to keep the upper hand. Krone wants the power associated with being a Mom, and Isabella isn’t willing to give up her position without a fight. She is willing to forfeit both Krone and the kids to keep her status. But what happens when the monsters or Isabella’s superiors are displeased with the caretakers? Are Isabella and Krone really any safer than the kids they are raising to be food for the monsters? I don’t think so.
This volume ends on a cliffhanger, so I was so happy to have Volume 4 on hand.
Grade: 4.25 stars
Review copy provided by publisher
About the book:
The children of the Grace Field House orphanage have their happy lives upended when they find out they’re being raised to be fed to demons. Can they escape their fate before it’s too late?
Life at Grace Field House has been good for Emma and her fellow orphans. While the daily studying and exams they have to take are tough, their loving caretaker provides them with delicious foods and plenty of playtime. But perhaps not everything is as it seems…
As more children learn the horrifying truth, a rift begins to form between them. Can they work together so everyone can escape? Or will some children need to be left behind at the orphanage?