Monstre: Volume One by Duncan Swan

From the sudden destruction of a research facility in Switzerland, toxic smoke and ash have formed an impenetrable cloud that begins to swallow everything in darkness, stretching across Europe while threatening the entire world. In response to the hazard, a squad of United States Marines are sent under the Cloud, unaware of the risks involved. Eighty-nine days later, the American people await the danger to reach their shores, most unable to bear it, but a few strong souls attempt to find a safe haven before time runs out.

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The Ghost Tree by Christina Henry

Crime is almost non-existent in Smiths Hollow, apart from the murder of Lauren’s father a year prior, but everyone seems to have moved on from such a grisly affair. Lauren hasn’t forgotten, though, and when she has a vision of a monster in the woods around the same time as the bodily remains of two girls are discovered, she realises Smiths Hollow isn’t as normal as she once believed. While tackling the hurdles of growing up, she sets out to solve the puzzle of the ghost tree and the power connected to it, unknowing of the threat that looms closer and closer.

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The Hunger by Alma Katsu

Facing two diverging paths which lead to the same destination, George Donner, the leader of the wagon train travelling to California, makes a tough decision for the entire party when he puts them on the less-documented yet shorter crossing. Heat gives way to cold, the elements against the families whose supplies are dwindling by the day, their moods plummeting just as fast. When children begin to disappear and their livestock attacked, minor disagreements turn into violent confrontations. Only a few acknowledge the outside threat, the shadows that stalk them in the harsh wilderness.

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