Within the Ward

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Emily Larkin
Release date:
15 October 2021
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Paige Newell can't stop feeling--and hurting. The 17-year-old has never fit in, since her turbulent emotions and rebellious streak place her at odds with Raydale's clinical rationality. When her best friend dies, Paige is ready to end it all. But, before she can make a final exit, she's admitted to Raydale State Hospital. There, she is immersed in a dream reality, called 'the Journey'. If patients finish the Journey, then they can go home.

The Journey is meant to be the cure, but Paige soon discovers dark forces within the hospital, and that the dream reality is the stuff of nightmares. Paige wants to escape her pain, but is drawn into the lives of other patients. When they need her help, she must act. Paige can't get the past back, but maybe the future is within reach. Can the patients escape the ward? And can Paige find reasons to live?


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  • 5
    Amazing read

    Posted by Jess Scheff on 12th Sep 2022

    It's incredibly important for YA books to discuss mental health and this book, in a dystopian setting, does all that! Would strongly recommend~!

  • 5
    Emily's debut novel

    Posted by Dr Toula Gordillo on 17th Mar 2022

    Emily Larkin's debut novel doesn't disappoint. Filled with complex themes of mental ill-health and suicide set amid a dystopian reality, this thought-provoking novel made me stop and think. With so much material to digest, I found myself contemplating how much of the novel's content is fiction, and how much could, tragically and potentially, be fact in the not-so-distant future. The thought is frightening, and the concept of the Journey scary, but it raises complex emotions - some I didn't know I had. I thoroughly enjoyed the variety of plot twists, written mostly from Paige's perspective. If I had to summarise this dystopian novel, I would describe it as both raw and refreshing.