The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman
It has been a year since a series of bizarre murders occurred in the small town of Oleander, Kansas. Just out of the blue a few townspeople killed the first people they saw, and then committed suicide. After a year things have gone mostly back to normal. But the witnesses to the murders still rest uneasily.
Unfortunately there is more murder and mayhem on the way for Oleander. Cass Porter, the only original murderer who failed at her suicide attempt, is whisked a way from the building where she has been institutionalized. At the same time a huge tornado forms outside of town and begins to destroy large swaths of the small community.
The next morning the people of Oleander try to recover from the wrath of mother nature. What appears to be the National Guard arrive but instead of helping the put the town under quarantine. The scary thing is that no one really minds that the town, mostly destroyed, is left alone. People have started to act irrationally, and even violent, lately. The only ones who are not affected is Cass, and the other teens who witnessed the year old murders.
Now as the town falls apart around them while madness and violence rise up in its place can these handful of teens survive? Can they discover why this is happening to their town? They need to act quickly because time is running out before the quarantine comes to the final measure of containment; the total annihilation of the town.
The Waking Dark is an homage to Stephen King (specifically Under the Dome or Needful Things). So if you really enjoy his writing style, Robin Wasserman does a fairly decent impersonation. It is an epic, violent story of a town’s self-destruction through the view points of a few teenagers. So there is lots of violence, and threats of sexual assault. I recommend it to interested readers who are 16 or older.