March 2011 Indie Next List
“The Iron Thorn is a fitting homage to H.P. Lovecraft for teen readers. The chilling suspense builds as Aoife tries to discover a cure for her family's curse -- madness that strikes on their 16th birthday. Aiofe's quest leads her from the relative safety of the city to the home of her father where everything she knows to be true is disproved. The fate of her family and the world is in Aoife's hands. I can't wait for the next book to see how all the plot twists are resolved!”
— Cinda Meister, Booksmart, Morgan Hill, CA
In the city of Lovecraft, the Proctors rule and a great Engine turns below the streets, grinding any resistance to their order to dust. The necrovirus is blamed for Lovecraft's epidemic of madness, for the strange and eldritch creatures that roam the streets after dark, and for everything that the city leaders deem Heretical born of the belief in magic and witchcraft. And for Aoife Grayson, her time is growing shorter by the day.
Aoife Grayson's family is unique, in the worst way every one of them, including her mother and her elder brother Conrad, has gone mad on their 16th birthday. And now, a ward of the state, and one of the only female students at the School of Engines, she is trying to pretend that her fate can be different.
About the Author
Caitlin Kittredge has written fifteen novels for adults and teens, including the award-winning Iron Codex trilogy. She also writes the horror comic Coffin Hill for DC/Vertigo. Caitlin lives in Massachusetts with several spoiled cats and a vast collection of geeky ephemera. When she's not working, she enjoys fixing up her 1881 Victorian house and reading extremely nerdy nonfiction books about serial killers, the Cold War, fringe science, and anything else that strikes her fancy.