Dark Futures

Three New York Times bestselling authors deliver post-apocalyptic stories of love and loss, revenge and hope—each heroine motivated by the love for a sister and the desperate need to fight against all odds.

In Kami Garcia’s “Burn 3,” Phoenix lives in a post-apocalyptic world where the sun kills. When children in the poorest sector start disappearing—including Phoenix’s younger sister—she must venture into a dark and forgotten part of the city, where she discovers there are things even more deadly than the sun.

In Melissa Marr’s “Corpse Eaters,” Harmony and Chris live in a world where religion spiraled out of control. The sick or disobedient are gathered to feed the corpse-eating god. After her sister died for her part in the resistance, Harmony steps into the vacant role as Chris’ partner. In a world full of death and corruption, all Harm wants is to kill the enemy and avoid becoming attached to anyone. All Chris wants is a reason to keep fighting.

In Carrie Ryan’s “Miasma,” Frankie lives in a world in which disease is spread not through germs but rather through “bad air”—miasma. When a deadly plague breaks out in her town, Frankie will do anything keep her sick sister from being taken by the beaked doctors who use monstrous beasts to weed out the ill. Because once you are marked by the plague eaters, there is little hope of survival.

(note: these stories originally appeared in the anthology Shards & Ashes)