Tom Leveen is known for complex relationships and character-driven storytelling in his young adult novels, from realistic teen titles like Party to Sick, his zombie novel which proclaimed, “High school is full of monsters.” In Hellworld, his latest, 17 year old Abby Booth is seeking answers to her mom’s disappearance while filming a supernatural reality show in a purportedly haunted Arizona cave. What Abby and her allies discover is far worse than she imagined, triggering an apocalyptic event.
Five years ago, Abby Booth s mom, cohost of a ghost hunting reality show, went missing while filming in a haunted cave in Arizona.
Since then, Abby s life has all but fallen to pieces, most notably because of her dad s deep depression and how they ve drifted further and further apart.
But now, at seventeen, Abby has decided that things will change. She plans to go to the same cave where her mom and the crew went missing and to find out, once and for all, what happened there.
With the help of the cohost s son Charlie, and two of his friends, Abby sets off on a quest for answers but when the group ends up finding, what they stumble across in that dark, primordial cave in Arizona, is nothing they could have ever imaged.
Abby was investigating a possible haunting she never expected that there could be something worse.
Sixteen-year-old Pelly has a master plan. After years of therapy, medication, and even a stint in a mental hospital, she s finally ready to re-enter the world of the living. Pelly has been suffering from severe panic attacks ever since her best friend, Tara, disappeared from a mall six years ago.
And her plan seems to be working, until an unkempt girl accompanied by an older man walks into the coffee shop where she works. Pelly thinks she s seen a ghost, until the girl mouths help me on the way out, and Pelly knows she s just seen Tara.
Too shocked to do anything, Pelly helplessly watches Tara slip away again as she steels herself against a renewed spiral of crippling anxiety. But rather than being overcome by anxiety, Pelly feels more energized than she has in years. Determined to track down enough evidence to force the police to reopen Tara s file, Pelly s master plan takes a dangerous turn.
Pelly decides she cannot be shackled by her past and the anxiety, fear, and grief that comes with it any longer if she wants to save Tara. But in seeking answers through whatever means necessary, she ll come face-to-face with true evil. And not all the shackles are in her head.
Late one night Tori receives a random phone call. It's a wrong number, but the caller seems to want to talk, so she stays on the line. He asks for a single thing one reason not to kill himself. This tense and gripping exploration of cyberbullying and teen suicide is ideal for fans of "Before I Fall" and "Thirteen Reasons Why."