Synopses & Reviews
Six outcasts from around the country find themselves drawn together by a mysterious force. A few of them, like Lourde, suffer from horribly disfiguring physical torments that literally threaten to consume them Others, like Dillon must battle inner demons that can erupt at any minute with terrifying consequences. Are they genetic freaks? Or monsters whose evil potential could destroy the world? The answer may lie in a star system billions of light-years away.
"A spellbinder!"--Publishers Weekly
"A haunting but ultimately reassuring novel. Shusterman turns the pitfalls of adolescence into a landscape of nightmares. the dramatic finale is more disturbing and satisfying than the infamous prom scene from Stephen King's Carrie."--Kirkus Reviews (pointer review)
"Impossible to put down. Shusterman's blend of unusually inventive plotting, gritting writing, and unfettered imagination stands out."--The New Orleans Times-Picayune
Reissued to coincide with "Thief of Souls", this story sets up the saga of six teenage outcasts who are horrified to discover that an evil force has taken control of them. The force must be destroyed. What follows is the ultimate battle for supremacy between the forces of good and evil.