Tuesday, 29 March 2011

News: S&S UK Acquires New Andrew Fukuda Trilogy

The masterminds behind Simon & Schuster UK's children's list are at Bologna Book Fair this week, and have just announced a brand new (and very exciting!) acquisition. Here's more info that was sent out today:

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!

8 comments:

SisterSpooky said...

this looks really interesting. I must remember to keep an eye out for it when the publication date comes round

Ladybug said...

My first thought was that it sounded like "The Hunger Games" with vampires. A vampire dystopian of some kind, it sounds like it might just be an excellent trilogy :D

Thanks for the heads up.

Cliona said...

Unfortunately, I (prepare yourself for a shock) didn't like The Hunger Games at all. But this still sounds intriguing! Thanks.

SusanKMann said...

oooh can't wait.

Krista said...

Ok now I can't wait for this, sounds amazing

Crystal said...

This series really does sound amazing!! Hope I don't have to wait too long before it comes to the US!!

Book Passion for Life said...

This sounds really good. Thanks for the update. :)

Jesse Owen said...

It sounds like an excellent combination - I'll be keeping an eye out for it :)