Crazy House Series
These two dystopian thrillers are extremely difficult to put down. Crazy House and The Fall of Crazy House were written by James Patterson along with his co-author Gabrielle Charbonnet. The Crazy House series will undoubtedly, have young adult teens and adults flying through the pages. If you’re a Hunger Games fan, this series might just be right up your alley. *This series does have some cussing, sensitive topics, and brutal scenes.
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Crazy House (2017)
Seventeen-year-old twins, Cassie and Becca Greenfield live alone and therefore have to take care of the family farm in an agricultural village or ‘cell’. Cells are run by a powerful government called The United. Life here is very different than what you and I are used to, sadly, that’s just the way it’s always been for these girls. There are many other cells, however, the citizens are not allowed to crossover from one to another.
The school focuses on farming; planting patterns, current approved crops, and tips on harvesting. The cell has very strict rules. No one leaves or crosses the boundaries of the cell without dire consequences, therefore, curfew is from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Children tend to disappear from this cell and never return. Becca is the ninth kid to go missing.
In the middle of the night, Becca is kidnapped and additionally finds herself placed on death row at the ‘Crazy House’ a kids’ maximum-security prison where kids are ultimately forced to fight. Becca has no idea what she did wrong or why she was brought here. While she is fighting to stay alive, her only hope is that ‘Careful Cassie’ can find her.
“Careful Cassie” is a hard-working, good girl who always follows the rules. Quite the opposite, Ridiculous Rebecca” is the reckless one who tends to push the boundaries. Despite their differences, Cassie and Becca take good care of each other. They have never been separated, therefore, as soon as Cassie realizes that Becca is actually missing, she is dead set on finding her and bringing her home. In order to save her sister, she must get out of her comfort zone, break some rules and challenge the system.
The Fall of Crazy House (2019)
Cassie and Becca Greenfield (now eighteen), finally understand why they were kidnapped and tortured while in prison. Everything that they believed to be true about themselves, their lives and even their cell was simply not true. The twins barely survived the Crazy House. However, they were trained in endurance, survival, killing, and surveillance. Furthermore, they were conditioned to show absolutely no emotion. Ultimately, Cassie and Becca became soldiers.
Cassie and Becca, along with other survivors of the prison have turned into fearless trained soldiers, ready to fight for their country as they lead the revolution against the United regime. It’s time to get their freedom back, the freedom of the former United States.
When the Greenfield twins received their assignments, Becca was more than happy to hear that she was assigned squad leader. Cassie, on the other hand, was shocked and angry to hear that she would not be fighting next to her sister in the war. Instead, she would be a ‘paper-pusher” She would be heading up the research department. Both have equally important roles within this elite team although, one seems to be a suicide mission.
The Fall of Crazy House
I’ve seen many reviews and much like many other series, some people hate it and others love it. Most people seemed to enjoy The Fall of Crazy House the most. However, I recommend that you read both and come up with your own conclusion. The second book would be difficult to understand if you don’t read the first. It sounds like there may be the possibility of a third book. We shall see. Personally, I would love to see an adaptation of the Crazy House series very soon. More interesting reads: The Instinct series and the Invisible series.
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An amazing author… and a really sophisticated website to celebrate his work.
Thank you Tim, you are very kind! James Patterson is pretty amazing, I can only hope that he’d be proud. Happy Holidays to you and yours!
So I now have 86 JP books and so far only 2 that don’t keep my interest but the rest fantastic!
That’s incredible! I’m really glad to hear that out of all of them only two were not great for you. Do you keep all of your books too? What is your favorite?
I have to admit, as I was reading about the first book I wasn’t completely sold, but after getting an idea of how things develop in the second book, the series (and hence the first book, obviously) sounds really interesting. From your description it sounds like there are some slight parallels to the Bourne series, which I love, so I’m definitely going to check these out.
Hey Jordan! I appreciate your honesty 🙂 I hope that you enjoy it, come on back and let me know your thoughts. Thank you for visiting, have a Happy Halloween!
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What a great review of Crazy House series you feature on your site.
I can feel your enthusiasm and passion for these books.
I am a strong believer in pursuing what you love and sharing what you have learned with other people. It is always a win-win when it is authentic, passionate and well delivered as you have done on your site.
Though I am not very familiar with James Patterson’s books and work, I appreciate the storylines and characters mentioned, in particular, the Greenfield twins and their assignments.
I have teenage daughters who may be able to appreciate the storylines better than me.
It certainly helps with raising curiosity and imagination, making the mind wonders in all things possible.
Keep up the good work.
Thank you Rabia, you are very kind. I am very enthusiastic when it comes to James Patterson and I am really happy to hear that it shows. I hope that you consider introducing the Crazy House series to your daughters, I’m sure they will enjoy it. Thanks for visiting, have a wonderful evening.
Im a big reader and a big fan of this genre. I haven’t read as many James Patterson books as id like but i would love to check out Crazy House, It seems to be a good read.
Hi Sabrina! Thanks for visiting. There’s no time like the present ; ) I’m a big fan as well and I do hope that you grab yourself a copy and let me know what you think. Happy Reading!
Wow. I am a fan of The Hunger Games and have been looking for a series to get into for a while now. Thanks for the review and the good read, I will be putting this on my Christmas list.
Thank you for visiting Lori! The Crazy House series would be a great choice for you for sure! I’m glad that I could help with your Christmas list : ) Happy Reading!
I don’t normally read James Patterson, but he is a marvelous author, this much I do know.
Hi Nadine! He really is. His writing style keeps me hooked. If you decide to read a little James Patterson someday, come on back find a good stand alone, or dive into a great series and come back and tell me your thoughts! Thank you so much for visiting! Happy Reading!
Sounds like a great story about the twins and how they take care of each other notwithstanding their personality differences, Blood is indeed thicker than water!
Thank you for visiting JR and Zen! I hope you get the chance to read the Crazy House series. Let me know if you do. Happy Reading!