The Cruelty (Hardcover)

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A beautifully crafted dark horror about Gwendolen Bloom whose father, a diplomat, has vanished setting her on a search across Europe’s underground for him.  A captivating story, unique in many ways from your typical YA, will leave you hanging until the last page.  I highly recommend this book to just about anyone that likes a dramatic, page turning story.

— Kayla, TC Teen Advisory Board member

The Cruelty offers a unique darkness that fans of author Victoria Schwab will enjoy greatly. Gwendolyn is a memorable and morally grey character that is sure to capture both the hearts and attention of all readers who are lucky enough to pick up the book. The Cruelty is not a novel you want to miss out on!

— Emily B., Tattered Cover Teen Advisory Board member


The Cruelty is an action-packed young adult thriller (optioned for film by Jerry Bruckheimer) about a girl who must train as an assassin to deal with the gangsters who have kidnapped her father.

Gwendolyn's father kept his life a secret from her. When he goes missing, she's plunged into a world of assassins, spies, and criminal masterminds.

When Gwendolyn Bloom's father vanishes, she sets off on a journey she never bargained for. Traveling under a new identity, she uncovers a disturbing truth: to bring her father back alive, she must become every bit as cruel as the men holding him captive.

This suspensful debut from Scott Bergstrom features a strong female character and nonstop, cinematic action.

Praise for The Cruelty

"Liam Neeson's 2008 film Taken concerned a spy who engages in mass mayhem while attempting to recover his kidnapped daughter. Bergstrom reverses this plot in his violent, well-crafted first novel. Seventeen-year-old gymnast Gwendolyn Bloom doesn't learn that her father is a genuine spy?and not merely an overworked State Department employee?until after he is kidnapped by international gangsters, and the CIA makes little attempt to recover him . . . A grim, fast- paced tale." --Publishers Weekly

" T]his debut novel is relentlessly paced, full of global sets, slick action...with a grim, ass-kicking antihero." --Booklist

The Cruelty is a nominee for the 2018 Edgar Award for best Young Adult book.

About the Author

Scott Bergstrom lives with his wife and daughters in Colorado. The Cruelty is his fiction debut.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250108180
ISBN-10: 1250108187
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: February 7th, 2017
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: Cruelty