Wednesday 16 November 2011

UK Book News: Introducing a host of dystopian YA titles from Random House Children's Books!

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 Jennifer 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.

US Cover
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.’

Source: Press Release.


  1. Oooo Starts has kind of a beautifully creepy cover with that face:) Stuck sounds really good, I'm super excited for that one!

  2. These all sound amazing! Especially looking forward to Struck, I love the look of it. Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. These all sound so amazing! Cannot wait to read all of them!

  4. I really want to read more books in this genre. I only have read four books in this genre and that's so little. lol. :) Def. getting Struck!!

  5. I saw these and the other dystopians they bought in the bookseller, they all sound awesome!

    The Cait Files

  6. Starters sound awesome! Thanks for the update. It's always fun to hear about upcoming books!

  7. Struck especially is so crazysauce. I mean, a girl addicted to lightning? Yes, please. Hell YES.

    - Asher (from Paranormal Indulgence)

  8. Thanks so much for posting this! It's so exciting to be part of such a great group of debut authors - and the support from YA readers and bloggers is fantastic :-)

  9. These both sound really cool. I don't think I'll ever tire of dystopian.

  10. Nice! Starters looks kinda creepy. But yay for dystopians!


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