29th March 2011, London & Bologna—Simon and Schuster UK today announced a major new six-figure deal for a YA trilogy by US author Andy Fukuda. Venetia Gosling, Editorial Director at S&S, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights in three books from Catherine Clarke at Felicity Bryan, sub-agenting for Catherine Drayton at Inkwell.
The trilogy follows 17-year-old Gene as he struggles to survive in a society where humans have been eaten to near extinction by the general population. The only remaining humans, or hepers as they are known, are housed in domes on the savannah and studied at the nearby Heper Institute. Every decade there is a government sponsored hunt. When Gene is selected to be one of the combatants he must learn the art of the hunt but also elude his fellow competitors whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. The first book, entitled The Hunt will be published in Spring 2012.
I read Andrew's debut novel, Crossing, last year, and really enjoyed it. He's a great writer, and has now tackled my favourite creature of all: the unnamed kind who eat people. The Hunt sounds, for lack of a better word, AMAZING, and I can't wait to get my hands on it. My friend told me it's like The Hunger Games with monsters, and to me there is nothing that could sound better than that.
I don't know about you guys, but I can't wait for Spring 2012!