So, yeah. Today is the anniversary of the last nine of the Heaven's Gate suicides. Wow, what with yesterday's Triangle Shirtwaist Fire post, I am picking some hugely depressing anniversaries to cover. [NOTE TO SELF: FIND A FUN TOPIC TOMORROW.]
The first half of the book—as Greer gets to know Addison and starts to give Joshua the side eye—is a slow build, but then, at a not-exactly-school-sanctioned-retreat with Joshua and a few other McCracken students, it takes a sharp left into Crazytown. That’s when the gloves come off, Greer knows she’s not imagining things, and Joshua gets nauseatingly creepier by the minute.
And back in 2011, I wrote about Pam Bachorz' Drought, which is about an immortal religious group that is very definitely viewed as a cult by outsiders. So that's an interesting twist on the topic. I had some issues with the book, but as I said in my review, it's one that would make for good book group conversation:
It raises questions about faith versus pragmatism versus faith tempered by pragmatism; about how religion can look when seen from the inside and out; about being protected versus being controlled; and about how being controlled is being controlled, regardless of the controller's motive.
Anyway, there are tons of other YA books that deal with cults and cult-like behavior, many of which I can't believe I haven't read. Most notably Micol Ostow's Family, but I know there are loads more.