The Meadows

The Meadows

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Publisher's Synopsis

A queer, YA Handmaid's Tale meets Never Let Me Go about a dystopian society determined to "reform" anyone who is LGBTQ+ and the lengths to which one girl will go to save herself and her friends

Everyone hopes for a letter-to attend the Estuary, the Pines, the Glades. To attend the Meadows. These are the secret places where only the best and brightest go, to learn to burn even brighter.
When Eleanor gets her letter, she knows she's freed from her hardscrabble life by the sea, in a country ravaged by climate disaster and war. But despite the Meadows' luminous facilities, endless fields, and pretty things, it keeps a dark secret: its purpose is to reform the students inside, to condition them against their attractions, to show them that one way of life is the only way to survive. Anything else, they're told, will topple a society already on the brink of collapse.
Five years later, Eleanor is an adjudicator, making sure the Meadows' former students don't stray from the life they've been conditioned to live. But Eleanor can't escape her past, or thoughts of the girl she once loved. Because that girl isn't here anymore. What happened to her could be no one but Eleanor's fault. And as secrets emerge that set Eleanor on a dangerous but determined search for the truth, she knows if she's not careful, it could be her fate too.

Book information

ISBN: 9780593619636
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Imprint: The Dial Press
Pub date:
Edition: Paperback original
DEWEY: 813.6
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 488
Weight: 452g
Height: 142mm
Width: 213mm
Spine width: 36mm