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The Key to Fear

(The first book in the Key series)
A novel by


To health. To life. To the future.

For fans of Vox,The Power and The Handmaid's Tale comes a dystopian novel set in a world where touching is forbidden, books are banned and The Key governs.

Elodie obeys The Key. Elodie obeys the rules. Elodie trusts in the system. At least, Elodie used to...

Aiden is a rebel. Aiden doesn't do what he's told. Aiden just wants to be free. Aiden is on his last chance...

After a pandemic wiped out most of the human race, The Key took power. The Key dictate the rules. They govern in order to keep people safe. But as Elodie and Aiden begin to discover there is another side to The Key, they realise not everything is as it seems.

Rather than playing protector, The Key are playing God.

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Praise for this book

"Timely, disturbing and an ending designed to make the reader demand, 'What happens next?'" - Joelle Charbonneau

"Although her characters are forbidden to touch, Cast proves once again that she is an expert at making her readers feel. The Key to Fear consumed me with its intricate world-building and richly layered characters, sending me hurtling to the end with twist after unexpected twist. Look no further for your key to entertainment!" - Pintip Dunn

"With intricate world-building and expert plot twists, Kristin Cast delivers a timely story about authoritarianism and resistance that will leave you breathless." - Caleb Roehrig

"Immersive, chilling, and yet deliciously sweet, The Key to Fear is a compelling story of forbidden love and dangerous secrets that explores a terrifying future with an important message for our own world." - Emily Suvada

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