Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Dystopia wins at Random House Kids UK

Great swathes of fantastic sounding books are coming in for next year, especially from RHCB.  With this new press release I'm about to copy below, I have to say it does sound like 2012 and 2013 are going to rock our worlds.

Check it out:

Random House Children’s Books has acquired four new debut dystopian novels for publication in 2012 and 2013. RHCB’s exciting wave of near-future titles, all acquired by Ruth Knowles, include:

Starters by Lissa Price, an American screenwriter, publishing in April 2012, is an action-packed thriller set in a world where eternal youthfulness can be had – at a price. One girl has the ability to bring it all tumbling down . . . RHCB acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Heather Shapiro at Baror International and will be launching globally alongside Random Inc for a truly international campaign.

A post- apocalyptic Los Angeles is the setting for Struck by Jenifer Bosworth, publishing in July 2012. After the city is devastated by an earthquake, Mia Price finds herself in the middle of a power struggle between two fanatical cults; one that wants to save the world and another that wants to destroy it. RHCB acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Alex Webb of the Rights People, acting on behalf of FSG.

Sangu Mandanna’s debut The Lost Girl publishes in early 2013 and centres around Eva, a feisty teen girl who technically has no true identity of her own. Eva is forced to abandon everything she's ever known and loved, finding herself torn between two worlds. RHCB acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Sarah Malloy of A.M. Heath acting on behalf of the Elizabeth Kaplan agency.

And finally, children’s librarian Emma Pass, releases ACID in early 2013. This action-packed novel introduces us to Jenna Strong, a truly kick-ass heroine who is serving time in an all-male prison for the murder of her parents. Set one hundred years in the future in a Big Brother style society; Britain is now under the control of ACID – a terrifying all-seeing police force. RHCB acquired world rights from Carolyn Whitaker of London Independent Books.

Ruth Knowles, Commissioning Editor comments, ‘Dystopian fiction is a much-talked about genre, particularly with the release of The Hunger Games movie next spring. We have acquired some fantastic futuristic thrillers that we know will appeal to this audience, and are confident that RHCB will have some of the most exciting novels in the genre. The worlds within them are very different from each other, but all completely hook you in from the first page and do not let go.’

Liz says: I know people may roll their eyes at more dystopic novels hitting our shelves, or more paranormal romance but I have to say it makes me happy.  It makes me happy that publishers are continuing to invest in authors and taking chances because none of these stories sound remotely similar to what has gone before. And more importantly: taking chances on debut writers.  On strong stories with strong protagonists. 

I have to play favourites though and say I am super excited about ACID from Emma Pass whom I chat to on Twitter.  You should too: @EmmaPass - and now all we have to do is wait...

1 comment:

Sangu Mandanna said...

Thanks for posting this! It's such an honour to be part of this group of debut authors and the support from YA readers has been amazing!