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How We Became Wicked


A pandemic known as the Wickedness has ruined the world, and sixteen-year-olds Astrid and Natalie are two of the only people immune. The girls live in separate, isolated communities, told always that there is nothing beyond their walls and shores but the raving Wicked. But both of them have been lied to. Only the secret will bring them together, and maybe just save their lives.

"A first-class sci-fi/horror story" - The School Library Journal

"[S]tunning, gut-punching... " - BCCB, starred review

"Promptly hand this one to lovers of smart, tense science fiction." - Booklist, starred review

"Alexander Yates is such a talented, smart and compelling writer." - George Saunders, winner of the Man Booker Prize

96% Positive Reviews on Goodreads

Young adult fiction from award-winning novelist Alexander Yates. Contact him directly at

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