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The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge

The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge

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Published by Random House Teens
Enjoy this chapter sampler from THE IRON THORN by Caitlin Kittredge. Published February 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House. 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.
Enjoy this chapter sampler from THE IRON THORN by Caitlin Kittredge. Published February 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House. 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.

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or Aoife Grayson, time is running out. Everyonein Aoife’s family has gone mad on their sixteenthbirthdays, and Aoife’s own birthday is fastapproaching. To survive, Aoife will leave Lovecraftand venture into a world of night creatures anddark family secrets—and do it all before the clock winds down, and the madness takes hold.
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madhouses in the city of Love-craft. I’ve visited all of them.My mother likes to tell me about her dreams when Ivisit. She sits in the window of the Cristobel CharitableAsylum and strokes the iron bars covering the glass likethey are the strings of a harp. “I went to the lily field last night,” she murmurs.Her dreams are never dreams. They are always journeys,explorations, excavations of her mad mind, or, if her moodis bleak, ominous portents for me to heed.The smooth brass gears of my chronometer churnedpast four-thirty and I put it back in my skirt pocket. Soonthe asylum would close to visitors and I could go home.The dark came early in October. It’s not safe for a girl to beout walking on her own, in Hallows’ Eve weather.I called it that, the sort of days when the sky was thesame color as the smoke from the Nephilim Foundry across

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