The Haven

The Haven

Simon Lelic / Jul 22, 2019

The Haven An adrenaline fuelled adventure in a new series by top thriller writer Simon Lelic Ollie Turner isn t sure he s ready to be a hero Snatched from his bed in the middle of the night Ollie Turner is thr

  • Title: The Haven
  • Author: Simon Lelic
  • ISBN: 1444947605
  • Page: 481
  • Format: Paperback
  • An adrenaline fuelled adventure in a new series by top thriller writer Simon Lelic Ollie Turner isn t sure he s ready to be a hero Snatched from his bed in the middle of the night, Ollie Turner is thrust into a world of danger and excitement.Below the streets of London he discovers a secret city a network of tunnels that lead him to the Haven, a sanctuary for kids run An adrenaline fuelled adventure in a new series by top thriller writer Simon Lelic Ollie Turner isn t sure he s ready to be a hero Snatched from his bed in the middle of the night, Ollie Turner is thrust into a world of danger and excitement.Below the streets of London he discovers a secret city a network of tunnels that lead him to the Haven, a sanctuary for kids run by kids, and the headquarters of an organisation that fights for justice everywhere.Soon Ollie is caught up in the Haven s battle a quest to stop Mad Maddy Sikes from destroying the city But time is running out for Ollie and his new friends Will they manage to stop Sikes before it is too late And who is the traitor in their midst A book for teens and above from the writer of adult thrillers THE HOUSE, THE LIAR S ROOM and RUPTURE Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 304 pages Expected publication February 7th 2019 by Hodder Children s Books More Details ISBN 1444947605 ISBN13 9781444947601 Edition Language English Other Editions None found All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Haven, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 07, 2019 Tabatha Stirling rated it liked it I ve awarded this book 3 stars because of the writing quality but I m afraid the story just didn t gel with me Understand that this is entirely subjective and I can imagine others will love it I found the Oliver Twist framework while clever a bit ham handed and obvious I couldn t relate to any of the characters and they felt a bit forced as if genders had been changed to tick some boxes I m all for diversity in literature but it needs to be authentic I really wanted to love this book and I ve awarded this book 3 stars because of the writing quality but I m afraid the story just didn t gel with me Understand that this is entirely subjective and I can imagine others will love it I found the Oliver Twist framework while clever a bit ham handed and obvious I couldn t relate to any of the characters and they felt a bit forced as if genders had been changed to tick some boxes I m all for diversity in literature but it needs to be authentic I really wanted to love this book and I m disappointed that I couldn t finish it which has only happened a handful of times in my life I won t be reading any of this series but I still urge readers to give it a go because I think it will have mass appeal and do very well Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC in return for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 24, 2018 Jeanette rated it really liked it Born and raised in London, i was never aware of so many tunnels I can see my 10 yr old grandson loving this book and capturing his imagination A very enjoyable book and although aimed at 11 yrs and above, i am sure that this story will be a fun read for many adults too My thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers for my copy This is my honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 08, 2018 Rachella Sinclair rated it really liked it Not the most writerly of books but it s YA fiction A good potboiler with a fast, engaging plot flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 16, 2018 Lucyaliceann rated it liked it Thank you to netgalley for my copy of this book.The HavenFans of Alex Rider will be familiar with the premise young, promising teenage boy thrust into the midst of a criminal world he has to learn about on the hoof as he strides around being generally heroic The characters, Oliver, Dodge, Nancy, Sikes and dog are familiar ones although this isn t just a direct retelling of Dickens, it does give you a sense of what to expect It does make me wonder where the series will go next, and if it Thank you to netgalley for my copy of this book.The HavenFans of Alex Rider will be familiar with the premise young, promising teenage boy thrust into the midst of a criminal world he has to learn about on the hoof as he strides around being generally heroic The characters, Oliver, Dodge, Nancy, Sikes and dog are familiar ones although this isn t just a direct retelling of Dickens, it does give you a sense of what to expect It does make me wonder where the series will go next, and if it will continue to be a type of pastiche of the orginall This is typical teenage action writing and not in a bad way it has echoes of the Cherub series, and even the Gone series although the Haven kids aren t completely without adult influence, they do come close.I think the series shows promise as it is, we only get to know a couple of the characters well I d like to see some of the other members of Haven get of a central role Being a book written for young adults, there s not a huge amount of detail in the characters Sometimes it feels like there are your typical token characters pretty girl, angry boy, clever kid, hero however, the action is well written and engaging, the characters likeable and generally believable so if you like this sort of thing, it s definitely worth a read I d recommend it to my students aged 11 14 ish who like action, adventure and spy books it will be right up their street I will be keeping out an eye for the rest of the series flag Like see review Dec 10, 2018 Aoife rated it really liked it Shelves a2, a4n, feb, hodder, nyp, 2018 A fantastic series opener It took me far longer than it should have to realise what it was based on I should have got it after Nancy and Ollie, I definitely should have got it after Dodge showed up, but it wasn t until we were introduced to Maddy Sikes that I caught on This is a brilliant adventure and I m really looking forward to seeing what happens next in the series.Receiving an ARC did not affect my review in any way At first we figured the Haven was just another gang, said Lily, and A fantastic series opener It took me far longer than it should have to realise what it was based on I should have got it after Nancy and Ollie, I definitely should have got it after Dodge showed up, but it wasn t until we were introduced to Maddy Sikes that I caught on This is a brilliant adventure and I m really looking forward to seeing what happens next in the series.Receiving an ARC did not affect my review in any way At first we figured the Haven was just another gang, said Lily, and we d had enough of gangs by then to last a lifetime But then Dodge showed us what the Haven really was What it stood for And since then we ve never looked back And that scar, said Ollie, tentatively tipping his head towards Dodge Danny Hunter gave you that As, what Punishment Dodge fingered the line of scar tissue that crossed his face As punishment, yes But as a warning, too, for us to stay away from his property Because that s basically how he views his Razors Not as people, but as things Ollie found himself frowning In spite of the danger they had known they d be walking into, Dodge, Flea and Lily Sol and Erik, too had gone willingly into Danny Hunter s lair, for the sake of other kids they didn t even know It was the kind of selfless heroism you only ever read about in comic books.For a moment the Haven kids appeared taller, unless maybe it was Ollie who felt shorter. flag Like see review Jan 03, 2019 Julie Garner rated it really liked it Shelves arc, young adult I received an advanced reading copy of this book.Needed a break from a biography I was reading and this one took my fancy3 hours later, it was read and my reading bug has come back This book is excellent for fans of the Alex Rider and the Cherub series It is loosely based on Oliver Twist with a modern day take Action packed and adrenaline fueled, this will keep 11 readers enthralled in wanting to know what happens to Ollie and his new found friends.This book is about kids looking out for I received an advanced reading copy of this book.Needed a break from a biography I was reading and this one took my fancy3 hours later, it was read and my reading bug has come back This book is excellent for fans of the Alex Rider and the Cherub series It is loosely based on Oliver Twist with a modern day take Action packed and adrenaline fueled, this will keep 11 readers enthralled in wanting to know what happens to Ollie and his new found friends.This book is about kids looking out for kids It is taking care of one another in a world where homeless and abandoned children are forgotten about Enter, The Haven This is a home for kids with no where else to go and with no one else to care for them At The Haven, they are fed, clothed and schooled They can learn how to be the people that they need to be, knowing that the people who have their backs are in the same situation.Enter Ollie A young boy who loses the person closest to him in the world and is suddenly thrust into this underground safety world He doesn t plan to stay but as usual, nothing ever goes to plan.I can highly recommend this book flag Like see review Jan 13, 2019 Just_me rated it really liked it Shelves boo s books, kids books, love reading, ya books Read with my 11 year old daughter Her review Me and my mum have loved this book, we have read it aloud to each other each night and we knew in the first few pages it would be a book we would both enjoy.The Haven is a place for kids, run by kids and these kids are good, they want to help other children like them This book has a lot in common with Oliver Twist but at the same time is completely different The biggest similarity are the names, Ollie and Dodge, Fagin, Sikes and Bullseye all appe Read with my 11 year old daughter Her review Me and my mum have loved this book, we have read it aloud to each other each night and we knew in the first few pages it would be a book we would both enjoy.The Haven is a place for kids, run by kids and these kids are good, they want to help other children like them This book has a lot in common with Oliver Twist but at the same time is completely different The biggest similarity are the names, Ollie and Dodge, Fagin, Sikes and Bullseye all appear in Haven but not as the characters we knew in Oliver This book is going to be big It s fun, it s current and its enjoyable I d recommend this book to children in year 6 and up, and grown ups as my mum loved it too Thank you to lovereading4kids and the publisher for the advance book to read and review flag Like see review Nov 24, 2018 Jessica Gil rated it really liked it Described as a must read for fans of Robert Mucha, this inventive updating of Oliver Twist is an entertaining, tense rollercoaster of a read The reader is plunged straight into the action when Ollie sees his guardian, Nancy, murdered in front of him He manages to get away with the help of a strange boy and finds himself in The Haven, an underground home for kids with nowhere else to go, led by the charismatic Dodge There he finds out that kids have been kidnapped all over London and all t Described as a must read for fans of Robert Mucha, this inventive updating of Oliver Twist is an entertaining, tense rollercoaster of a read The reader is plunged straight into the action when Ollie sees his guardian, Nancy, murdered in front of him He manages to get away with the help of a strange boy and finds himself in The Haven, an underground home for kids with nowhere else to go, led by the charismatic Dodge There he finds out that kids have been kidnapped all over London and all the signs point to one woman, the person his guardian was investigating, crime lord Maddie Sykes Full of twists and turns, this is a very promising start to a very promising new series flag Like see review Jan 10, 2019 Stephen Gourlay rated it liked it It took me way too long to catch onto the Oliver Twist thing idiot Action straight from the off, fast paced, rollercoaster, twists, turns and a generally great idea.Definitely at the younger end of YA flag Like see review Jan 29, 2019 Caroline rated it really liked it Shelves ya fiction Excellent adventure story flag Like see review Jan 10, 2019 Kelly Hoggons Velvet Library rated it it was ok This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here More of a 2.5, probably This was a fun, fast paced adventure story, but I definitely found the writing and characters a bit lacking flag Like see review Dec 15, 2018 Trisha rated it liked it Shelves action, contemporary, conflict, friendship, grief loss, male author, male mc, mystery, secrets, survival Lots of action and violence flag Like see review Dec 14, 2018 Judith Moore rated it liked it Shelves retellings, rag tag bunch Originally posted at Chain Interaction One of the things that struck me as being different from the original Dickens is that The Haven is quite short I know that says it is just over 300 pages in paperback but it felt much quicker than that Perhaps it was one of those I ve been reading a lot of long books so anything under 500 pages feels like a novella things, but likely this book is just incredibly fast paced.The beginning of the book did feel a little bit unbelievable It Originally posted at Chain Interaction One of the things that struck me as being different from the original Dickens is that The Haven is quite short I know that says it is just over 300 pages in paperback but it felt much quicker than that Perhaps it was one of those I ve been reading a lot of long books so anything under 500 pages feels like a novella things, but likely this book is just incredibly fast paced.The beginning of the book did feel a little bit unbelievable It feels very like they had to get Ollie into the action in the quickest way possible and that necessitates a certain suspension of disbelief as to what a person particularly a small boy would do if in his situation However, once you ve got through those early chapters and everything is a bit set up then things flow pretty quickly from one thing to another and before you know it you re at the end I thought the flow was wonderful, it s been a while since I ve been that swept up in this kind of a story, particularly with a male protagonist.As I say, Ollie was an interesting character, I didn t always find his actions made total sense, as in it wasn t totally clear why he would get involved in the way that he did, but I feel like that s the same in the Dickens so I didn t mind too much There are some other great characters including shock horror some great female characters throughout the story.I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this by the end of the story, it s fast paced and a little ridiculous at times but it also has some of those great things I loved to read as a younger teenager One of those things is that idea of what a place run by children would be like, that sense of we re so much better than the grown ups, aren t we that is just so fun to read when you re that age.I d certainly recommend this to younger readers who like this kind of thriller esque story I wouldn t necessarily say it will be the proverbial cup of tea for older readers of YA but who am I to tell you what you will and won t enjoy My rating 3 5 starsI received a free digital advanced review copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own flag Like see review Stephen Baird rated it liked it Jan 06, 2019 Nadine Lesforis rated it liked it Nov 26, 2018 Crystal Bensley rated it liked it Nov 05, 2018 Tsam rated it really liked it Jan 20, 2019 Dec 27, 2018 Brooke rated it really liked it This book was honestly a breath of fresh air for me I d been struggling to read anything lately as I d taken to nothing, however I opened this book and put it down 5 and a half hours later completed It s not a work of a literary god, but it s just a genuinely good book that kept me turning the pages Which is my opinion is better I will be recommending this to anyone who enjoys MS YA fiction that is full of action, adventure and suspense Very well done flag Like see review Glen Hepker rated it it was amazing Nov 16, 2018 Jan 07, 2019 Lorna rated it liked it Shelves netgalley reads After being introduced to Ollie and his foster carer Nancy, it didn t take me long to realise that this was a fresh spin on Dickens Oliver Twist Not even just a fresh spin but a slightly off kilter, skewed version with Fagin and the gang working for good and not the criminal underworld Ollie has his friend and mentor, The Dodge as well as a hodge podge gang of minor characters that I wouldn t mind finding out about All of which are residents of The Haven, a place for and run by kid After being introduced to Ollie and his foster carer Nancy, it didn t take me long to realise that this was a fresh spin on Dickens Oliver Twist Not even just a fresh spin but a slightly off kilter, skewed version with Fagin and the gang working for good and not the criminal underworld Ollie has his friend and mentor, The Dodge as well as a hodge podge gang of minor characters that I wouldn t mind finding out about All of which are residents of The Haven, a place for and run by kids in London that otherwise would fall through the cracks.There is also an element of West Side story, the Haven being one of many gangs of kids across London, and there s unrest brewing as gangs target each other, placing blame for members going missing But are rival gangs to blame or could someone else be trying to put the cat among the pigeons An easy and exciting read which I can see kids of 7 11, sespecially boys, really enjoying, and it also gives them an introduction to one of the most prolific writers in English history so that s got to work in it s favour 3.5 stars flag Like see review Jade rated it liked it Dec 17, 2018 Rebecca Mc rated it really liked it Nov 25, 2018 Leah rated it really liked it Oct 06, 2018 Lilyfae rated it really liked it Jan 23, 2019 Bryony rated it liked it Nov 17, 2018 Matthew rated it it was amazing Jan 31, 2019 Nov 21, 2018 D Jackson rated it really liked it An action packed adventure that takes the main character, Ollie, into a world that is full of danger and one that he must adjust to if he is to survive.The plot is fast moving and, although the basic story line seems somewhat incredible at first, it is made plausible by the provision of enough credible reasons and information The reader suffers the anguish and dilemmas felt by Ollie and wants them solved just as much as he does.The conclusion is both sad and yet also has a feel good factor The An action packed adventure that takes the main character, Ollie, into a world that is full of danger and one that he must adjust to if he is to survive.The plot is fast moving and, although the basic story line seems somewhat incredible at first, it is made plausible by the provision of enough credible reasons and information The reader suffers the anguish and dilemmas felt by Ollie and wants them solved just as much as he does.The conclusion is both sad and yet also has a feel good factor The reader who enjoyed this can feel reassured that it provides the basis for further adventures.I feel this will be popular with teenage fans of adventure and action stories and I would certainly recommend it, in particular to reluctant readers, as it is fast movingThank you to NetGalley and Hodder Children s Books for this copy in exchange for an honest review flag Like see review Fran rated it it was amazing Nov 14, 2018 Ruth Moore rated it liked it Nov 30, 2018 Bacsa rated it liked it Dec 30, 2018 previous 1 2 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Genres Young Adult 2 users Retellings 1 user See top shelves About Simon Lelic Simon Lelic 207 followers Simon Lelic was born in 1976 and has worked as a journalist in the UK and currently runs his own business in Brighton, England, where he lives with his wife and two sons Books by Simon Lelic More Trivia About The Haven No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now renderRatingGraph 4, 14, 13, 1, 0 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us Careers Terms Privacy Help 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    1. I ve awarded this book 3 stars because of the writing quality but I m afraid the story just didn t gel with me Understand that this is entirely subjective and I can imagine others will love it I found the Oliver Twist framework while clever a bit ham handed and obvious I couldn t relate to any of the characters and they felt a bit forced as if genders had been changed to tick some boxes I m all for diversity in literature but it needs to be authentic I really wanted to love this book and I ve aw [...]


    2. Born and raised in London, i was never aware of so many tunnels I can see my 10 yr old grandson loving this book and capturing his imagination A very enjoyable book and although aimed at 11 yrs and above, i am sure that this story will be a fun read for many adults too My thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers for my copy This is my honest review.



    3. Thank you to netgalley for my copy of this book.The HavenFans of Alex Rider will be familiar with the premise young, promising teenage boy thrust into the midst of a criminal world he has to learn about on the hoof as he strides around being generally heroic The characters, Oliver, Dodge, Nancy, Sikes and dog are familiar ones although this isn t just a direct retelling of Dickens, it does give you a sense of what to expect It does make me wonder where the series will go next, and if it Thank yo [...]


    4. A fantastic series opener It took me far longer than it should have to realise what it was based on I should have got it after Nancy and Ollie, I definitely should have got it after Dodge showed up, but it wasn t until we were introduced to Maddy Sikes that I caught on This is a brilliant adventure and I m really looking forward to seeing what happens next in the series.Receiving an ARC did not affect my review in any way At first we figured the Haven was just another gang, said Lily, and


    5. I received an advanced reading copy of this book.Needed a break from a biography I was reading and this one took my fancy3 hours later, it was read and my reading bug has come back This book is excellent for fans of the Alex Rider and the Cherub series It is loosely based on Oliver Twist with a modern day take Action packed and adrenaline fueled, this will keep 11 readers enthralled in wanting to know what happens to Ollie and his new found friends.This book is about kids looking out for I recei [...]


    6. Read with my 11 year old daughter Her review Me and my mum have loved this book, we have read it aloud to each other each night and we knew in the first few pages it would be a book we would both enjoy.The Haven is a place for kids, run by kids and these kids are good, they want to help other children like them This book has a lot in common with Oliver Twist but at the same time is completely different The biggest similarity are the names, Ollie and Dodge, Fagin, Sikes and Bullseye all appe Read [...]


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