Four to Read More — Doomsday Cults

And now we present Four to Read More, mini collections of four books that share some common theme, whether it’s the name of a character, a cover design quirk, or something else. Inspired by Kelly Jensen’s “Three on a YA Theme” series at Book Riot (take a lookwe’ll wait!), this series will highlight some books you may have missed on the shelves.

This time around, we’re looking at a popular trend in YA books lately: doomsday cults, formerly utopian communes, and other intentionally insular communities.

Disappear Home by Laura Hurwitz
Shoshanna, her sister, and mother have escaped her abusive father and the Sweet Earth Farm. But now their mother is unstable, and they need to flee again.
(availabile on Overdrive ebooks)
Starbird Murphy and the World Outside by Karen Finneyfrock
Starbird leaves the Free Family Farm when she gets her Calling to become a waitress. But she’s not quite ready for things like school, money, or junk food.
(available in print and on Overdrive ebooks)
The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
This is a thriller about a polygamist cult centers around Kyra, a 13-year-old who is told she must become her uncle’s seventh wife. She doesn’t know much about the outside world, but the discovery of a library bookmobile opens a new world to her.
(available in print)
Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle
Vivian’s parents joined the Church of America, which predicted an apocalypse. The morning of the event comes, and Vivian goes to wake up her parents–but they’re gone, and there’s a hole in the ceiling above their bed.
(available in print)

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