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The Unfortunates

The Unfortunates

Kim Liggett

Tor Teen


Kim Liggett's The Unfortunates is a haunting tale of privilege, guilt, and redemption from the author of the Bram Stoker Award winner, The Last Harvest

When seventeen-year-old senator's son Grant Tavish is involved in a fatal accident, all he wants to do is face the consequences of what he's done. But those consequences never come, even if headlines of "affluenza" do. The truth soon becomes clear: due to his father's connections, Grant is going to get away with murder.

As a family tradition approaches, a cave excursion on the Appalachian Trail, Grant seizes the opportunity to take justice into his own hands by staging an accident and never coming back. But before he has a chance to enact his plans, the cave system collapses, trapping him miles beneath the surface with four other teens from much less fortunate circumstances. As they struggle to survive, they share their innermost secrets and fears, and just when it seems they might be on track to finding a way out, they realize...

There's something else down there.

And it's hunting them.


“GRANT Franklin Tavish the fifth?” the burly nurse calls into the waiting room.

Everyone around me bursts out laughing.

“That’s gotta be this kid.” The guy across from me leans back in the bright-orange molded-plastic...

Praise for The Unfortunates

“Wild, compulsive, and utterly gripping, Liggett’s subterranean thriller plumbs the depths of human darkness and guilt.”—Stephanie Kuehn, author of the Morris Award Winning Charm & Strange

“Absolutely spellbinding; a true tour de force. Haunting and heartbreakingly revealing--this is a book everyone is going to be talking about.”—Jasmine Warga, author of Here We Are Now

“Taut, surprising and Kim-Liggett-style creepy, The Unfortunates is a gripping journey both physical and psychological.”—Kelly Loy Gilbert, author of Conviction

"A mind-bending thriller you'll want to devour in one setting and immediately talk about with a friend. Read with the lights on." —Kara Thomas, author of Little Monsters


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Kim Liggett

At sixteen, Kim Liggett left her rural midwestern town for New York City to pursue a career in music. Along with lending her voice to hundreds of studio recordings, she was a backup singer for some of the biggest rock bands in the 80s. She is the author of Blood and Salt, Heart of Ash, and The Last Harvest, winner of the 2017 Bram Stoker Award.

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