For seventeen-year-old Shaun Treadway, terror and rage are a way of life. Living with the fear that his abusive stepfather will one day kill his mother, Shaun decides to kill him first—by setting fire to his childhood home with his stepfather inside.

Fleeing Baltimore to his mother’s hometown in West Virginia, he hides out in his family’s isolated cabin. Except the small town of Blackthorn Peak is anything but welcoming. The streets are deserted, there is no sign of life, and at the end of Main Street is the creepiest abandoned building he’s ever seen: Blackthorn Peak Lunatic Asylum.

Investigating the grounds, Shaun meets the elusive and mysterious Cass. Thrilled to find someone his own age, he asks her on a date. On the night they’re supposed to meet, though, Cass desperately tries to get him to leave. Running into the asylum, she tells him to never return. 

He decides to do just that—leave. This girl and this town are far too creepy for him to stay. But when he hears Cass’s scream, he can’t help but rush into the building. What he discovers once inside is far darker and more sinister than even his worst nightmare. Uncovering the secrets that Cass keeps just might cost him his life.
Generation Annihilation by Tracy Hewitt Meyer
Tracy Hewitt Meyer
Blackthorn Peak, Book 1
ISBN Numbers:
Hardcover:  978-1-64397-355-5
Softcover:   978-1-64397-356-2
Ebook:         978-1-64397-357-9
LCCN: 2022941258

Page Count: 288
Release Date: 10/10/2023
Teen Fiction | Horror | Suspense
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“Tracy Hewitt Meyer does it again with this book, it had a strong concept and was executed well. It has a great tense atmosphere going on…
—Kathryn M., NetGalley Reviewer
“Intoxicating… Everyone needs to read this one!
—Matheus C., NetGalley Reviewer
Sucker Punch meets Divergent… I couldn’t put this book down once I started reading. I had to know what was going to happen.
—Carly F., NetGalley Reviewer
“[an] addictive, intoxicating read…Once I started it I couldn't stop reading [and] Meyer's writing is easy, flowy and gripping.
—Honeybee Reads
“the premise of this book sounded unique and promising and it didn't dissapoint I thought it was executed great, the pacing and characters kept me hooked…
—The Vampires Library
“a quick but heart-pounding book that had me on the edge of my seat the entire time.
—Taylor S., NetGalley Reviewer
“Very engaging and well written.
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“a very well written and suspenseful story…I was hooked…
—Selin A., NetGalley Reviewer
“Loved the plot and adored the characters…got me hooked from the beginning
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“Lots of twists and turns [and] memorable characters.
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“This is how you do pacing in a thriller book. Such a joy to read, loved the unique premise and this one was genuinely spooky!
—Kirsty W., NetGalley Reviewer
“A fast horrific thriller… Really enjoyed it!
—Beatrix S., NetGalley Reviewer
“the author did a fantastic job of selecting the ideal location, plot, people' ages, and insane doctors to reinforce the theme of her narrative. Outstanding effort.
—Stephanie B., NetGalley Reviewer
“A really great and intriguing read.
—Claire C., NetGalley Reviewer
“An intriguing mix of urgency and gray morality kickstarts this tale, engaging readers with questions about what lurks in the asylum…
Kirkus Reviews Magazine
“Meyer has created a dark, eerie world that grabs the reader from the first page and doesn’t let go. Fans of Alexander Gordon Smith’s Escape from furnace series and Neal Shusterman’s Unwind series will love this book!
—Susan C., Goodreads Reviewer
“an interesting young adult novel with a gripping plot hook.
—Jeremy F., NetGalley Reviewer
“a dark yet fun read and a good book to get into the genre of horror mystery.
—Sameen M., Goodreads Reviewer
“This first installment in the series is a suspense-filled ride fans won’t want to miss!
InD'Tale Magazine (Starred Review)
“a heart-pounding thrill ride that will have you gripping the edge of your seat!
—LibraryThing Early Reviewers
“One of the best books published this year, subtle yet fascinating. Tracy Hewitt Meyer’s straightforward style of writing blended with the depth of the story is remarkable.
—YA Dude Books
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Nominee: 2024 Pushcart Prize
Generation Annihilation