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By Carrie Ryan, Saundra Mitchell

The seventeen unique tales in Defy the Dark, an eerie, mind-bending YA anthology, might in basic terms occur in darkness.
 
Open the pages and notice: A creepy man who stares too lengthy. The secrets and techniques of the middle of the earth. goals of alternative people’s lives. a woman who is going mad within the darkness. Monsters in Bavaria. A generational spaceship the place evening doesn’t exist. And different mysteries and oddities.
 
The individuals to the enchanting assortment are: Sarah Rees Brennan, Tessa Gratton, Rachel Hawkins, Christine Johnson, Valerie Kemp, Malinda Lo, Myra McEntire, Saundra Mitchell, Sarah Ockler, Jackson Pearce, Aprilynne Pike, Dia Reeves, Beth Revis, Carrie Ryan, Jon Skovron, Courtney Summers, and Kate Espy, winner of the Defy the darkish new writer contest.

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