Illustration by Hayden Williams


Simon and Schuster
Barnes and Noble

Early Praise:

“Sarah Langan never ceases to amaze: A Better World is terrifying, shocking, sinister…and yet heartfelt and often hilarious. Langan has created a United States of the future that feels darkly recognizable—a depository of our current fears about environment, government, health. Her bright, shiny, twisted little town of tomorrow, Plymouth Valley, is a dark, thrilling indictment on the choices we make today.”

Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl and Sharp Objects

“A Better World is truly fantastic. A marriage story, an apocalyptic story, a moving portrait of a woman trying to save her family in a poisoned world. Imagine if H.G. Wells and Lorrie Moore collaborated on a novel. Then add in some weird-ass birds. Mordant wit, insightful social commentary, and so much heart, Sarah Langan has written a gloriously humane novel.”

Victor LaValle, author of The Changeling and The Ballad of Black Tom

“Perfectly constructed social horror with emotional heft. A Rorschach test of all our modern fears anchored by the honest, human, heroic characters at the heart of it. A brilliant piece of writing.”

Alma Katsu, author of The Fervor

“A chilling, heartbreaking exploration of our modern psyche, full of fear, desperation, and terrifying truth. Sarah Langan has never been better or more insightful. There’s more than one way to sell your soul, and Langan knows them all.”

Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Road of Bones and The House of Last Resort

“Suspenseful, scathing, simultaneously deeply disturbing and wildly funny, Sarah Langan’s A Better World is a delicious skewering of the Anthropocene and our desperation for “beautification” at whatever cost. I couldn’t put it down.”

Julia Fine, author of Maddalena and the Dark and The Upstairs House