If you’ve ever perused the young adult section of any brick-and-mortar bookstore, you’ll see that the genre is more popular than ever before, experiencing a renaissance in the past two decades that has moved children, teenagers, and adults alike back to experience a love affair with reading. Author Sam Sattin has tapped into that young adult genre in a very entertaining, provocative, and engaging way with his new novel The Silent End, on sale now. The tale, which is described as a hybrid of Buffy the Vampire SlayerStand by Me, and The Goonies, mixed with a splash of literary wordsmithery, follows three teens in the Pacific Northwest as they come face-to-face with a terror that has its evil wrapped around their high school’s foundations.

Hooked? I’ve read the novel and the publisher’s description isn’t just lip service or needless hype: All of the aforementioned elements are there to keep readers mesmerized. Whether you’re a child of the 1980s like me or just love a good coming-of-age adventure yarn, The Silent End is worth a look. If you might need further convincing, Ragnarok Publications has been kind enough to provide us with the first chapter of the novel. Let us know what you think in the comments! Read on, gentle souls!