Strange Exit
Seventeen-year-old Lake spends her days searching a strange, post-apocalyptic landscape for people who have forgotten one very important thing: this isn’t reality. Everyone she meets is a passenger aboard a ship that’s been orbiting Earth since a nuclear event. The simulation that was supposed to prepare them all for life after the apocalypse has trapped their minds in a shared virtual reality and their bodies in stasis chambers.No one can get off the ship until all of the passengers are out of the sim, and no one can get out of the sim unless they believe it's a simulation. It's up to Lake to help them remember.When Lake reveals the truth to a fellow passenger, seventeen-year-old Taren, he joins her mission to find everyone, persuade them that they’ve forgotten reality, and wake them up. But time’s running out before the simulation completely deconstructs, and soon Taren’s deciding who’s worth saving and who must be sacrificed for the greater good. Now, Lake has no choice but to pit herself against Taren in a race to find the secret heart of the sim, where something waits that will either save them or destroy them all.

Strange Exit Details

TitleStrange Exit
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 14th, 2020
PublisherTor Teen
ISBN-139780765399427
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Strange Exit Review

  • Toni
    January 1, 1970
    The topic and setting of virtual reality seemes all rage now with multiple books exploring this subject coming out this winter. Well, science-fiction by its nature is the genre that looks into near future and explores what problems we might have if we stay on our current course.So, the premise of this book is something I was fascinated by and invested in. I also liked the pace. Pick this book, if you are interested in survival stories and virtual reality and like exploring big ideas in sci-fi The topic and setting of virtual reality seemes all rage now with multiple books exploring this subject coming out this winter. Well, science-fiction by its nature is the genre that looks into near future and explores what problems we might have if we stay on our current course.So, the premise of this book is something I was fascinated by and invested in. I also liked the pace. Pick this book, if you are interested in survival stories and virtual reality and like exploring big ideas in sci-fi context. It won't disappoint, as the author is obviously very talented and original.Thank you to Edelweiss and Tor Teen for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Strange Exit by Parker Peevyhouse is a young adult science fiction fantasy. The story is a futuristic one taking place in space after a nuclear event happened on Earth. However, the setting in most of it is a virtual reality dystopian world the characters are stuck in.Seventeen-year-old Lake is aware she is a passenger aboard a space ship that holds the survivors from Earth. Lake however spends her days searching the post-apocalyptic virtual world that the other passengers are stuck within and Strange Exit by Parker Peevyhouse is a young adult science fiction fantasy. The story is a futuristic one taking place in space after a nuclear event happened on Earth. However, the setting in most of it is a virtual reality dystopian world the characters are stuck in.Seventeen-year-old Lake is aware she is a passenger aboard a space ship that holds the survivors from Earth. Lake however spends her days searching the post-apocalyptic virtual world that the other passengers are stuck within and not remembering their own reality aboard the ship. It’s been up to Lake to find her fellow passengers and try to help them remember they are in the simulation and bring them out of it.The thing I found with Strange Exit by Parker Peevyhouse was that the setting seemed to be done well with the virtual world but it almost felt the characters were somewhat forgotten compared to that. There were so many involved in the story and very few seemed to have any depth that it was one that was hard to connect to their stories. So while I generally love virtual reality stories this one was just so-so for me.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • Lilith Black
    January 1, 1970
    E-ARC provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Actual rating: 3.5 PROS: • Great virtual reality setting. This was so good that actually, a few times it was hard to tell whether I was in the book's reality or in the virtual one. Does this make sense to you? Because in my head when I formed the idea, it sounded way much better! But I think you know what I mean. Anyway, just for this reason only, I am gonna increase my initial rating from 3 to 3.5! Oh, and, for E-ARC provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.   Actual rating: 3.5⭐ PROS: • Great virtual reality setting. This was so good that actually, a few times it was hard to tell whether I was in the book's reality or in the virtual one. Does this make sense to you? Because in my head when I formed the idea, it sounded way much better! But I think you know what I mean. Anyway, just for this reason only, I am gonna increase my initial rating from 3⭐ to 3.5⭐! Oh, and, for some reason, at some points this book reminded me of Warcross by Marie Lu, thing that it's very good since I absolutely loved that one!• The sibling theme. Having myself a sister, I really felt the sibling connection and completely understood Lake's impossibility to let go of certain things. Though some people might tend to say that this is too much at some points, thing that I, myself, felt it, saw as a hole it will change your opinion. CONS: • The ending was something like "OMG, how can this happe..." FINISH! Wha... how... This is all?! By mistake, I got the shorter E-ARC with some 10-15 ish fewer pages?! Where is the emotion? Where are the images, the words? That is not a finish! Give us a proper one, PLEASE! This kind of finish: "Who are we? Readers! What do we want?To cry our soul out with happiness because we FEEL the finish of this book!"• Lack of description for some key characters. Such as Ransom and Taren. I feel like if these two only would have been more developed, then things would have completely changed the rules of this game! They felt fade, without color. And also, Taren? What happened to him? • For some reason was a little hard for me to get into the book. Took me about 25-30% from the start to feel comfortable and to stop finding myself thinking at pumpkins while reading. OVERALL THOUGHTS: • For a person that wants to get more into Sci-Fi, I find this book to be great to start with. It's not too much but not too little either. Yes, it's having some low key points, but this doesn't mean at all that it's not enjoyable, or it's not worthing your time. Because it does. And who knows, before the publication date some things will be improved and this will turn out to be your next favorite book or first 2020 favorite! Anyway, I think I can safely say that this one it's almost, with some certain changes, a very good introduction into Sci-Fi and/or virtual reality world. You can follow my TWITTER If you want to support me, you can check my WHISHLIST
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  • rachel ☾
    January 1, 1970
    quick thoughts: • The plot captivated me from the very first chapter.• It kept me on my toes. I could never pinpoint which direction the story was going to take, and it ended up shocking me! which is always a bonus (and hard to do)• .... though the plot twists didn't really pack the punch they could of if i had any kind of emotional investment in the characters. • Lake & Taren were flat protagonists. They never felt like real, fleshed-out people with emotions & motivations beyond what we quick thoughts: • The plot captivated me from the very first chapter.• It kept me on my toes. I could never pinpoint which direction the story was going to take, and it ended up shocking me! which is always a bonus (and hard to do)• .... though the plot twists didn't really pack the punch they could of if i had any kind of emotional investment in the characters. • Lake & Taren were flat protagonists. They never felt like real, fleshed-out people with emotions & motivations beyond what we were told. • Same with the secondary characters. Willow & Ransom had no personality.• It was intriguing though and kept me reading. I sped through it pretty quickly, despite preferring a descriptive writing style over a fast-moving plotline. • I could not tell you what a single character looked like.• The virtual reality setting was done perfectly, in the sense that I did question what was real and what wasn’t and was slightly confused at all moments. • definitely recommend to fans of Warcross and Dreamfall➸ Trigger warnings for (view spoiler)[grief depiction, death of a mother, sister & brother recounted, murder, explosion recounted, fire, death by a fall (op), spaceship crash recounted, war themes, nuclear warfare discussed and animal death mentioned (hide spoiler)].◯ Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Blog • Goodreads • Twitter • Instagram
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  • The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
    January 1, 1970
    DNF @ 20%I am having a hard time getting into this story. So far, there is no character development and there doesn't seem to be enough context for what is happening in the book. There is some MG humour that has me shaking my head as well. Fart jokes aren't my cup of tea.
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  • A Robin Reads
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewing based on my enjoyment :)What can I say about this book? It was pretty good, basically. I really liked it. What I liked about this book:The characters were amazing. So well thought out and you felt with them. The different POVs were well chosen, because therefore you could feel with them. The background story for the characters was enough that you got to know them, but not so much that you were overwhelmed. The story itself was intriguing. Yes, it wasn't totally original. The book Reviewing based on my enjoyment :)What can I say about this book? It was pretty good, basically. I really liked it. What I liked about this book:The characters were amazing. So well thought out and you felt with them. The different POVs were well chosen, because therefore you could feel with them. The background story for the characters was enough that you got to know them, but not so much that you were overwhelmed. The story itself was intriguing. Yes, it wasn't totally original. The book itself made a mention to the Matrix and yes it was a bit like that. But a lot was not like that. The cool aspect of the matrix was in this book, but there was a whole new thing added to it. Actually just one point was matrix based and the rest was totally new (for me at least). The story was well build. I've read this in about a day, because it was so fast pased and exactly the right amount of pages. The ending was therefore very good, not rushed and I didn't see it coming, which was great too.The worldbuilding in this book was awesome. I really felt I was there. The concept was so cool! The writing was good, maybe not perfect, but I didn't really mind that. The pacing was just right. This book was just very good, so please go and read it.
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  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    January 1, 1970
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 3.5*Um excuse me, do we all see those comps? "Strange Exitis Parker Peevyhouse's next suspenseful, near-future, stand-alone thriller, perfect for fans of Kass Morgan's The 100 and Patrick Ness'sMore Than This". Yeah, that is obviously going to the top of my TBR. And I will say, that it absolutely had vibes of those two books, so while it's high praise, it's also earned.This is my You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 3.5*Um excuse me, do we all see those comps? "Strange Exit is Parker Peevyhouse's next suspenseful, near-future, stand-alone thriller, perfect for fans of Kass Morgan's The 100 and Patrick Ness's More Than This". Yeah, that is obviously going to the top of my TBR. And I will say, that it absolutely had vibes of those two books, so while it's high praise, it's also earned.This is my favorite of Peevyhouse's books (each one better than the last actually which is really making me extra excited for her next one). Also like her other books, it's very hard to review without veering into spoiler territory. But I'll try! What I Liked: • So it really does give off those The 100 vibes! Definitely more the Kass Morgan version than the Jason Rothenburg version (ie, a little tamer which is totally fine, just worth noting) but it's set in space as these kids are trying to get back to Earth after a cataclysmic event. Now, it's safe to return, only there's a holdup. And I am absolutely a sucker for this type of story, so I was loving it! • It's fast-paced and engaging, making it a quick read. Honestly I needed to know what was going to be come of (possibly) what was left of humanity. And sure, I wanted to know for our individual main characters Lake and Taren, but I won't pretend I didn't care a wee bit more about the human race 🤷‍♀️ • The simulations were really imaginative! Like, what would you dream up? I think it shed so much light on each character (even some of the more minor ones) where they'd choose to go and such. So fascinating! • There were twists! I shan't talk about them but things definitely didn't get boring, ever. • I loved the ferocity of which Lake cared for her sister. I mean. Bellamy Blake, anyone? What I Didn't: • Okay I did need more worldbuilding. Like, what I got I loved, I just needed more. More details on the end of the world, and then like, more details about after. I know I am being vague, but it's on purpose and I just wanted more details okay? Maybe a sequel? I'd totally be up for a sequel! • I would have liked to be a bit more connected to the characters. I liked them well enough, I just didn't feel like I truly knew them, you know? Which is kind of to be expected, at least to some extent, as they're in simulations and just trying to not die most of the time. Bottom Line: Fast paced, fun, and entertaining, I'd definitely recommend it, even if sci-fi isn't usually your jam.
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  • Queen Cronut
    January 1, 1970
    DNF @ 47%I really wanted to love Strange Exit (virtual reality and the near-future apocalypse? sign me up!) but it just didn't work for me and failed to hold my attention long enough to finish this one. I couldn't connect with the MC, Lake and there were too many POVs to keep track of. I never felt a sense of danger or urgency whilst reading this and the plot felt dull and unexciting. This book had a lot of great ideas but was lacking in its execution.*Thank you to NetGalley and DNF @ 47%I really wanted to love Strange Exit (virtual reality and the near-future apocalypse? sign me up!) but it just didn't work for me and failed to hold my attention long enough to finish this one. I couldn't connect with the MC, Lake and there were too many POVs to keep track of. I never felt a sense of danger or urgency whilst reading this and the plot felt dull and unexciting. This book had a lot of great ideas but was lacking in its execution.*Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge publishers for providing a free ARC
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    THIS COMES OUT TOMORROW. GO GET IT.very smart, very sad meditation on a dying planet that we all love very much, but throw in a lone kernel of brilliant hope.cue "i just wasn't made for these times" playing over interior shot of a raggedy spaceship with flickering lights
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  • Shannon Price
    January 1, 1970
    A fast-paced, imaginative read—I was completely hooked! I really loved Peevyhouse's depictions of a close sister relationship, and the descriptions of the setting hit that perfect balance of giving the reader a clear understanding of the setting/stakes without being too heavy-handed. Put this on your TBR now!
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  • Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Macmillan-Tor/Forge. Trigger warnings: death, parent/sibling death, violence, mild body horror, injury, grief, trauma, survivor’s guilt, bullying.Lake spends every day wandering a post-apocalyptic world, looking for survivors. The catch is that the world isn’t real; it’s a simulation, and everyone has forgotten that they’re in it. When the nuclear apocalypse happened on Earth, Lake and a number of other teenagers boarded a ship to I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Macmillan-Tor/Forge. Trigger warnings: death, parent/sibling death, violence, mild body horror, injury, grief, trauma, survivor’s guilt, bullying.Lake spends every day wandering a post-apocalyptic world, looking for survivors. The catch is that the world isn’t real; it’s a simulation, and everyone has forgotten that they’re in it. When the nuclear apocalypse happened on Earth, Lake and a number of other teenagers boarded a ship to orbit the planet in stasis until it was safe to return. But the ship is failing, and the only way to regain control of it is to wake the sleepers. The only way to wake the sleepers is to convince them that they’re in a simulation. A fellow passenger, Taren, joins her in her mission to wake the rest of the ship, but the more Lake and Taren use the sim, the less connected they are to reality and the easier it is to lose themselves completely.I enjoyed Peevyhouse’s last novel, The Echo Room, and Strange Exit reaffirms most of my initial impressions. She’s a solid YA science fiction writer, and if science fiction were more popular right now, I have a feeling a lot more readers would know her name. I’m not even that big of a sci-fi fan, so the fact that she continues to make it interesting and engaging says a lot. The science is always realistic enough to be believable but still accessible to a novice. The technology is intricate and well-developed, but I never feel like it’s going over my head. It’s a delicate balance to strike, and she makes it look effortless.The characters are strong as well. Lake and Taren feel realistically like teenagers who are trying to solve problems that are way bigger than them. They often don’t know what to do, and they sometimes make terrible choices. Lake is particularly well-characterized in her grief over losing her sister back on Earth and her unwillingness to let her go in the simulation, even when she knows it’s hurting her. I don’t feel like we get to know Taren quite as well, and his character takes a somewhat abrupt turn near the end of the novel that doesn’t have as much build-up as it needs to feel plausible. The nice thing is that there’s no hint of romance between them. They’re more allies than friends, bound by a common cause and heavy doses of survivor’s guilt.Plot-wise, I enjoyed the mystery aspects of the novel more than the action scenes that populate the end. We know that characters are hiding things, perhaps even from themselves, and that the more they use the simulation, the less reliable they are. There are secrets piled on top of secrets: what happened to Lake’s sister, why other people are having Lake’s dreams, what exactly is going on with Ransom–who knows he’s in a sim but still can’t leave it–and it was these that kept me going throughout the novel. There are layers to everything. The ending happens rather quickly and fails to provide closure on one of the major characters, who isn’t present in the last scenes. I was wishing for another chapter or two to help flesh this out and answer any remaining questions. Regardless, it’s a lovely, entertaining read from an underrated author.I review regularly at brightbeautifulthings.tumblr.com.
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  • Kira Simion
    January 1, 1970
    I received a complimentary ebook from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I hope that one day Netgalley will have a preview of the stories on their website. Even a few pages would help a lot.Definitely my fault for this one.The moment the first page's words hit my eyes, I knew this would be a bumpy ride for me as what I thought would happen would be an action packed scenes from the get-go. I was also for a heartfelt moment from the realization that this was not the true reality, but a I received a complimentary ebook from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I hope that one day Netgalley will have a preview of the stories on their website. Even a few pages would help a lot.Definitely my fault for this one.The moment the first page's words hit my eyes, I knew this would be a bumpy ride for me as what I thought would happen would be an action packed scenes from the get-go. I was also for a heartfelt moment from the realization that this was not the true reality, but a virtual one (as described in the blurb).Off to a rocky start, we can see the character meet more characters and it is nice and we can tell who is who, but that is it. I can not say I felt anything for them as I did not feel as if they were: 1. in true danger, 2. 3D like as the only things I knew were what the author told me, and 3. there were more POVs than cared for since there were more characters than I wanted (or needed?).I absolutely wanted to like this because of the blurb. Who doesn't want to read about a whole world full of people that believe in the lives they have now even though we are told right from the start that it is a false place that will not last forever? It is falling apart as we read and only those who leave the safety of what they've always known will live.This author is someone who I see has amazing ideas for books, so I will definitely be on the lookout for her other stories.
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  • Leah Waters
    January 1, 1970
    I said that I was ready for mind-bending alternate realities and crazy twists...but wow, I was not prepared for this level of awesomeness.Strange Exit was everything I hoped it would be. It was unputdownable, and I read it in a day--and it was a busy day, at that. There was so much intrigue and suspense, and the stakes kept getting higher and higher. This book made me question what was reality and what was virtual, my head spun around and around, I made theories that were proven wrong...And then I said that I was ready for mind-bending alternate realities and crazy twists...but wow, I was not prepared for this level of awesomeness.Strange Exit was everything I hoped it would be. It was unputdownable, and I read it in a day--and it was a busy day, at that. There was so much intrigue and suspense, and the stakes kept getting higher and higher. This book made me question what was reality and what was virtual, my head spun around and around, I made theories that were proven wrong...And then I reached the end. After hours of guessing, it was all revealed, and it was just the kind of ending I expected from Parker Peevyhouse. An ending that put it all in perspective, and had me looking back on the story with a newfound understanding I never expected.If you want a thriller that will keep you guessing to the end, or a virtual reality/alternate dimension book, Strange Exit is the one.
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  • Suzanne Nelson
    January 1, 1970
    STRANGE EXIT was my first read of 2020! I breezed through this fast-paced, chilling sci-fi tween novel by @parkerpeevy! It had me turning pages late into the night, wondering at the fate of Lake and her friends, trapped on an ill-fated spaceship and caught between reality and an all-too-enticing simulation/virtual reality program. With survival/dystopian themes ala “The 100” plus a gripping dash of “Ready Player One” thrown in for good measure, this book was a thrill to read!
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  • Roberta R. (Offbeat YA)
    January 1, 1970
    Excerpt from my review - originally published at Offbeat YA. Pros: Complex but believable VR setting, painted in mind-blowing details. Sometimes flawed, yet well-meaning and brave teens who will tug at your heart. Strong sibling theme. Twists and turns galore.Cons: The ending feels a little rushed.Will appeal to: Those who are fascinated by virtual reality and survival stories. Those who like books with a strong accent on family and a minimal amount of romance.First off...DISCLAIMER: this title Excerpt from my review - originally published at Offbeat YA. Pros: Complex but believable VR setting, painted in mind-blowing details. Sometimes flawed, yet well-meaning and brave teens who will tug at your heart. Strong sibling theme. Twists and turns galore.Cons: The ending feels a little rushed.Will appeal to: Those who are fascinated by virtual reality and survival stories. Those who like books with a strong accent on family and a minimal amount of romance.First off...DISCLAIMER: this title was up for grabs on NetGalley (in the Read Now section). Thanks to Macmillan-Tor/Forge/Tor Teen for providing a temporary ecopy. This didn't influence my review in any way.THE GREAT ESCAPEI know that many readers who prefer contemporary and/or fantasy are intimidated by sci-fi. But with Peevyhouse's books (she has three under her belt) it's not the case. You're not fed theories or technical explanations of how things work. In this particular book, you're swallowed into a futuristic setting and a sophisticated digital simulation you don't need to know the rules of, and you're in for an adventure - AND a love story in the widest sense. I don't know if the kind of virtual reality depicted in this book could ever get developed (which is a scary thought, if you ask me, because it feels so mesmerising and, well, real), but what I know is, I was able to suspend my disbelief and enjoy the ride, and I never once questioned the hows and ifs and whys. I think the most notable aspect of this virtual world is that it replicates the alleged post-apocalyptic reality of our planet (the result of a nuclear fallout), and still there are patches of beauty and safe spots the kids connected to it were able to create, and powerful illusions, and impossible escapes (the "strange exits" the book is named after) - but you can escape only for so long before reality catches up with you. (Also, in case you're wondering, the author came up with a logical - if cruel - reason for adults not to be around...). [...]Whole review here.
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  • Gordon Jack
    January 1, 1970
    If it’s one thing I can count on from Parker Peevyhouse it's that once I open one of her books, it will be impossible to put down. Somehow she manages to take mind-bending scenarios and turn them into gripping thrillers. This is especially true in her latest, Strange Exit. I loved the world she has created here, one that tests the characters’ (and this reader’s) ability to distinguish fantasy from reality. At the start of the novel, earth has been destroyed by nuclear war, leaving only a If it’s one thing I can count on from Parker Peevyhouse it's that once I open one of her books, it will be impossible to put down. Somehow she manages to take mind-bending scenarios and turn them into gripping thrillers. This is especially true in her latest, Strange Exit. I loved the world she has created here, one that tests the characters’ (and this reader’s) ability to distinguish fantasy from reality. At the start of the novel, earth has been destroyed by nuclear war, leaving only a spaceship of mostly young people in stasis as they wait for the planet to heal itself. While in stasis, the characters spend their time in a simulated reality (the sim) that is way more appealing than the bleak reality they face on the ship. But the ship is starting to break down and the sim may be the cause. Now Lake, a teenage girl orphaned by earth’s destruction, must convince the ship’s inhabitants to leave the sim and come back to reality before supplies run out and their ship falls apart. This gets progressively harder for her as the more time she spends the sim, the harder it is for her to leave. Her little sister is there, as are two boys who may be the secret to saving everyone. Or destroying everything.
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  • Aoife
    January 1, 1970
    Reality is not what it seems in this strange, sort of post apocalyptic novel.Lane has spent a long time trying to free people from a virtual sim. Real life isn't much better; they're trapped on a damaged and failing space ship in orbit around a devastated Earth. Until everyone is out of the sim, the ship won't let them leave, but where are they going, and how can she persuade people to leave what seems like paradise to enter Hell?A strange read, this one. I love the concept, but the writing Reality is not what it seems in this strange, sort of post apocalyptic novel.Lane has spent a long time trying to free people from a virtual sim. Real life isn't much better; they're trapped on a damaged and failing space ship in orbit around a devastated Earth. Until everyone is out of the sim, the ship won't let them leave, but where are they going, and how can she persuade people to leave what seems like paradise to enter Hell?A strange read, this one. I love the concept, but the writing leaves something to be desired. The locations are described beautifully, I could really picture them, but the characters aren't described at all and the backstory is sketchy. At the end, when revelations are piling on, I couldn't really follow what was happening; partly because the POV character was in shock and not processing properly, and partly because it just wasn't clear. And, like a lot of reviewers, I'm curious what happened to Taran? He just vanished!It's a fascinating concept, but I'm afraid the story just doesn't live up to it.
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  • Katherine Hardisty
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to receive a free copy in an Instagram giveway and let me just say! The premise for this book was amazing. I really enjoyed the fast paced action of the plot. The story is about a girl named Lake who is trying to rescue her fellow ship mates from the depth of a simulation. They're all on a space ship after escaping nuclear winter on Earth. The sim was originally intended to acclimate people to what life will be like when they return, but with a failing ship, time is running I was lucky enough to receive a free copy in an Instagram giveway and let me just say! The premise for this book was amazing. I really enjoyed the fast paced action of the plot. The story is about a girl named Lake who is trying to rescue her fellow ship mates from the depth of a simulation. They're all on a space ship after escaping nuclear winter on Earth. The sim was originally intended to acclimate people to what life will be like when they return, but with a failing ship, time is running out. People need to wake up. Or Doom them all. There were times when I didn't quite understand what was going on, but that might be because I read very little SciFi. I do highly recommend this book and this author. Parker knows how to keep you reading late into the night.
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  • Josh Hedgepeth
    January 1, 1970
    This book was provided by NetGalley and the publisher for a fair and honest reviewIt was fine. This book really wasn't for me. I didn't like the plot and characters were not that interesting. 2.5/5 starsFull review pending Rating Break Down Writing Style: 5/10Plot: 5/10Characters: 4/10Ending: 7/10Engagement: 5/10Enjoyment: 4/10Comprehension: 8/10Pacing: 7/10Desire to Reread: 0/10Special: 0/10Final Rating: 2.38/5Note, each rating is weighted based on personal importance.
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  • Chelsea
    January 1, 1970
    In this new SciFi story, our main character of Lake is on a malfunctioning spaceship. In order to get it working again and head back to Earth, she must find the rest of the sleepers in The Sim and convince them that they are in stasis instead of their own created pockets of reality.Even though I have never seen Inception, this book gave me those vibes of what I imagine that movie to be. I loved the weirdness of Lake walking from one pocket to something completely different and trying to figure In this new SciFi story, our main character of Lake is on a malfunctioning spaceship. In order to get it working again and head back to Earth, she must find the rest of the sleepers in The Sim and convince them that they are in stasis instead of their own created pockets of reality.Even though I have never seen Inception, this book gave me those vibes of what I imagine that movie to be. I loved the weirdness of Lake walking from one pocket to something completely different and trying to figure out what would convince the sleepers to wake. Obviously, this book has so much more depth than that, but I loved going into it without knowing much else, and it unfolded in such a fun way. I did not want to put it down because I just needed to get to the end.Lake was our main character and our main POV; however, there were a few chapters from others' POVs, but I didn't feel like it helped the story much to have that. Especially since most of those extra POVs were one-off characters or chapters.There were twists and turns that I both saw and didn't see coming, and I'm glad this was my first Peevyhouse read. While not a full 5 stars, it was a great book.Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing the E-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Elizabeth Mellen
    January 1, 1970
    This was interesting. I had read Echo Room and enjoyed it - I like my thrillers to have a little sci-fi (or the other way around) and these fit well into that. This was a pretty quick, fun read, with a satisfying ending.
  • Vighnesh Muraly
    January 1, 1970
    I found this to be just okay for me. I wasn’t a huge fan of the main characters and I didn’t find their emotions to be so concrete as they changed so fast. The ending happened so fast and I didn’t have time to understand it and I still don’t fully understand it. Nothing really made me dislike the book but nothing made me like the book either so this book didn’t really do much for me and I’m feeling very neutral. The concept is very interesting and I would recommend if you’re interested because I found this to be just okay for me. I wasn’t a huge fan of the main characters and I didn’t find their emotions to be so concrete as they changed so fast. The ending happened so fast and I didn’t have time to understand it and I still don’t fully understand it. Nothing really made me dislike the book but nothing made me like the book either so this book didn’t really do much for me and I’m feeling very neutral. The concept is very interesting and I would recommend if you’re interested because it wasn’t a bad book for me.
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  • Nick
    January 1, 1970
    I think it would have been better if it had 50 - 100 pages more.
  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    I really wanted to like this more, but I just didn’t. I think the idea behind it is great, but this left me wanting. I like twisty books, but to not get to the answer until the last 10 pages left me frustrated.
  • Liz (Quirky Cat)
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of Strange Exit through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Strange Exit is the latest speculative science fiction novel from the mind of Parker Peevyhouse, and it is a unique reading experience. This novel blends post-apocalyptic fiction with simulations, debates about human nature, and so much more. Lake is a determined and driven girl. Every day she goes out there and she searches for survivors in a shredded and desolate space known as earth. And every day I received a copy of Strange Exit through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Strange Exit is the latest speculative science fiction novel from the mind of Parker Peevyhouse, and it is a unique reading experience. This novel blends post-apocalyptic fiction with simulations, debates about human nature, and so much more. Lake is a determined and driven girl. Every day she goes out there and she searches for survivors in a shredded and desolate space known as earth. And every day she tries to talk them into going home. For you see, Lake is aware of a secret they’ve locked away in their minds; they’re all in a simulation. The problem is; Lake needs everyone to leave the simulation before they can go home. She, along with dozens of other children, are on board a spaceship – their life raft, so to speak. But the spaceship won’t head back to earth until each and every one of them has left this simulation. That’s where Lake’s job begins. “You were in the simulation. Now you’re out.” Strange Exit was a thrilling and unique reading experience. One that blended lots of expectations and tropes into something completely new and different. It was a whirlwind of a read – the sort of novel I just couldn’t put down until I finished it. Strange Exit caught my attention with that unique and interesting name. But it was the description that sold me. I’ve always loved the concept of joined simulations for people in cryosleep, and this novel had such a unique take on the experience. How could I say no? There was a lot to enjoy about this novel, from Lake’s perspective and challenge to the multiple layers of writing and plots. Picture Inception, but in book format, and with simulations instead of dreams. And now you’ve got a solid understanding of what you’re about to dive into here. And yes, it is worth reading. Lake’s character was an interesting one. She was determined and stubborn, yet lonely and vulnerable. And then there’s Taren, who’s basically the polar opposite of her in every way. It was interesting to see these two in such stark contrast. Two different characters, with different ways of thinking, trying to solve the same problem. I loved it. What really blew me away was the level of intricacy that Peevyhouse wove into his novel here. It was brilliant. And it really earned the title of speculative fiction in my mind. Add in the post-apocalyptic feeling, and this was one complex situation. This was the first novel I’ve read by Peevyhouse, but I can honestly and safely say that I was impressed by what I read here. I’m absolutely going to do my best to keep his future works on my radar, especially if they’re anything like Strange Exit. For more reviews check out Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks
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  • Katelyn Spedden
    January 1, 1970
    Strange Exit isn’t normally a book I would pick up. The premise sounded interesting but it just reminded me of some syfy shows I’ve watched and I honestly expected to be disappointed. Sometimes it’s just hard to get things to live up to expectations. But man did this book blow me out of the water. I couldn’t put it down once I started and I had to know everything that was happening. Parker Peevyhouse did an amazing job wrapping up so many different genre’s into one and not making any of them Strange Exit isn’t normally a book I would pick up. The premise sounded interesting but it just reminded me of some syfy shows I’ve watched and I honestly expected to be disappointed. Sometimes it’s just hard to get things to live up to expectations. But man did this book blow me out of the water. I couldn’t put it down once I started and I had to know everything that was happening. Parker Peevyhouse did an amazing job wrapping up so many different genre’s into one and not making any of them seem half assed. Sure there was a little cursing thrown in but nothing over the top (like they said shit twice) because it wasn’t needed. The panic and the emotions flowed all on their own. But the best part was the book wasn’t obvious. You always have those stories where you know what’s going to happen. You know that the people in the Hallmark movie are going to end up together kind of thing. Strange Exit didn’t have that. Ransom for example. You’re convinced he’s a sleeper that is just in too deep and can’t bring himself to wake up because of something that happened in the sim. The reader is sure that’s what’s happening until Lake starts to believe that he’s not real at all. That Ransom is part of the simulation and was never a real person just someone that she made up so she would have a friend to talk to. It’s heartbreaking and as a reader I fully believed that was the case and that Lake was just starting to realize how deep she was when they’d first met. Only to learn later that he is real. He’s trying to pull her out of the simulation and that’s why he always shows up when she needs him. He’s going in to save her and not the other way around. It’s so well written that every twist was surprising and I was dying for more. The book was just fantastic and I would really recommend it.
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  • Louise Emerson
    January 1, 1970
    Earth is damaged and cannot be saved but we can! 17 year old Lake has secured herself on a ship. The one designed to save the human race. And the one designed to tell them when it is safe to go back and begin to re build the world. But that time has not come...Lake does not know how long they have been on the ship for but she does know one thing if she doesn't wake everyone up she is not going home! To do this mission Lake has to delve into the VR simulator. There is a chance that she may get Earth is damaged and cannot be saved but we can! 17 year old Lake has secured herself on a ship. The one designed to save the human race. And the one designed to tell them when it is safe to go back and begin to re build the world. But that time has not come...Lake does not know how long they have been on the ship for but she does know one thing if she doesn't wake everyone up she is not going home! To do this mission Lake has to delve into the VR simulator. There is a chance that she may get stuck as you cannot always tell what is real or not. After all it was designed to feel real and be realistic.I was not too sure about this book when I first starting to read it. It felt similar to ones I had read but then there was a shift in the plot. Everything is not as it seems! We find out that Lake is actually in a VR simulator trying to wake everyone from their slumber. And bring them back to the ship. However no-one knows about from Tauren and Ransom that she is doing this as she conceals her identity. Can Lake get everyone to the ship before it is too late?After a few pages into reading Strange Exit, I was hooked. I really enjoyed the storyline. A completely different take on the sci-fi genre! Remind me a bit like Wally but without all the up to date tech!Lake was a great character and I enjoyed getting to know her along with Tauren. But I didn't know much about Ransom. They was a play on his character was he real or not real. I couldn't work it out. I would have liked his character to be better developed and find out what he was doing in the sim.I really enjoyed reading Strange Exit but found that the ending let it down. For example what happened to Tauren?
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  • Lacy
    January 1, 1970
    The Maze Runner meets Across the Universe meets Reverie meets Warcross. Sounds crazy and confusing right? Strange Exit was indeed very strange. I was confused almost the entire time I read it. Maybe that was the point? Was it a thriller or scifi? Everytime I thought I had the story figured out, it would throw me off again. I like multiple povs but I also like when they have a purpose and they just seemed so random here. We never really get any answers to anything but we get a super quick happy The Maze Runner meets Across the Universe meets Reverie meets Warcross. Sounds crazy and confusing right? Strange Exit was indeed very strange. I was confused almost the entire time I read it. Maybe that was the point? 🤷🏼‍♀️ Was it a thriller or scifi? Everytime I thought I had the story figured out, it would throw me off again. I like multiple povs but I also like when they have a purpose and they just seemed so random here. We never really get any answers to anything but we get a super quick happy ending??? If Strange Exit was an early manuscript I could understand all my issues with it. I would even maybe consider it a mediocre start to a series. If it is a series, I may be intrigued to pick up a sequel just to see where the story goes. Otherwise, just read the other books I mentioned instead. Edit: I'm also seeing this compared to The 100 and I would semi agree to the last two seasons of the show, NOT the books at all. *Thank you to Netgalley and Tor/Forge for a review copy.*
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  • Belle
    January 1, 1970
    Should be 5 stars, but..Absolutely LOVE the concept for this book, it is unbelievably fascinating. My hopes and expectations were super high, it had the potential to be an EPIC 5 star read. It was a solid attempt and definitely wasn't bad, but in the end, I was still left disappointed. One thing that fell short for me were the characters. I didn't connect with any of them. They were all very bland. They lacked substance and depth and any personality.I would have absolutely loved to have seen Should be 5 stars, but..Absolutely LOVE the concept for this book, it is unbelievably fascinating. My hopes and expectations were super high, it had the potential to be an EPIC 5 star read. It was a solid attempt and definitely wasn't bad, but in the end, I was still left disappointed. One thing that fell short for me were the characters. I didn't connect with any of them. They were all very bland. They lacked substance and depth and any personality.I would have absolutely loved to have seen more of the ship, but, I understand that's not what this book was going for.The thing that left me the most disappointed happened on literally the very last page. MAJOR plot spoilers to follow. (view spoiler)[ Lake's reunion with Willow. Oh my goodness.. it was WASTED! That should have been the pinnacle of the entire book! That is what everything was building up for and what kept me reading. Lake spent, how long, unknowingly trapped in the sim, thinking Willow was dead, carrying that guilt around. Then she finally frees herself, to find her sister ALIVE. I wanted Lake to be overwhelmed with emotion. I wanted her to be a puddle on the floor. I wanted to FEEL her pain! That was our moment and if was as if it was nothing. All we basically get is a.. "oh, you're alive, okay then!". (hide spoiler)]I'm really really hoping that is fixed before publication because this book deserves 5 stars.(ARC - NETGALLEY)
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  • Laura Newsholme
    January 1, 1970
    This was a book that had a bucket load of potential, but unfortunately, it just didn't deliver for me. It tells the story of Lake, a young girl exploring the post-apocalyptic landscape day after day - or at least, the simulation of one.The Positives: The basic premise is a really interesting one - we have a ship that escaped Earth, however many of the occupants are trapped within a virtual reality simulation of Earth and must be woken up in order for the ship to return. I thought that the This was a book that had a bucket load of potential, but unfortunately, it just didn't deliver for me. It tells the story of Lake, a young girl exploring the post-apocalyptic landscape day after day - or at least, the simulation of one.The Positives: The basic premise is a really interesting one - we have a ship that escaped Earth, however many of the occupants are trapped within a virtual reality simulation of Earth and must be woken up in order for the ship to return. I thought that the mystery of what was really going on was well constructed and it did keep me guessing throughout.The Negatives: I feel like there wasn't enough explanation of events. Consequently we just follow Lake on her journey through the sim without really understanding why she does what she does. I wanted more exploration of the ship and the politics among the groups who were awake, but we don't get any of that, which I think is a shame and a missed opportunity. I also felt that the ending was very rushed and pretty disappointing.Overall, I think that the writing here is compelling and the story had a lot of potential, but was a bit of a let down in the end.I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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