Thursday, September 17, 2009

Teenage Cult Fiction

Here are three teen novels that deal with cults:

Fahy, Thomas Richard. The Unspoken.
New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2008.

"The bright red blood on Allison's pillow reminds her of 'Snow White' --not the watered-down Disney version with magic kisses, dwarfs named Dopey, and singing animals. The older story with a hateful queen who wants to eat a young girl's lung and liver. The one that ends when the queen is torched to death in red-hot iron slippers."
Even though The Unspoken is only 166 pages long--and it has a fantastic opening paragraph--I only got halfway through the book. To be fair, I'm not a big fan of horror stories.

Yolen, Jane, and Bruce Coville. Armageddon Summer. San Diego, Calif: Harcourt Brace, 1998.

Two teenagers are dragged along by their parents to a separatist militia camp to await the end of the world. Armageddon Summer is a good book, but a little dated.

Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Leaving Fishers. Paw Prints, 2008.
New kid in town, Dorry Stephens, is lured into joining a religious youth group that turns out to be more of a cult than a church. If you liked the Family Guy episode, Chitty Chitty Death Bang, you will love Leaving Fishers.