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Lauren DeStefano Lands Book Deal for Trilogy

The Chemical Garden trilogy author Lauren DeStefano has inked a book deal to write a new “utopian series” for Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

The Internment Chronicles series will begin on April 1, 2014, opening with Perfect Ruin. Irene Goodman Literary Agency agent Barbara Poelle handled the deal for North American rights and audio with senior editor Alexandra Cooper.

Here’s more about the new series, from the release: “On Internment, the floating island in the clouds where fifteen-year-old Morgan Stockhour lives, getting too close to the edge can lead to madness. Even though Morgan’s older brother Lex was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. She tries her best not to mind that her life is orderly and boring, and if she ever wonders about the ground, and why it is forbidden, she takes solace in her best friend, Pen, and her betrothed, Basil. Then a murder, the first in a generation, rocks the city.”

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Is Dystopian Lit Still Going Strong?

The New York Times recently profiled three young-adult dystopian titles: Bumped by Megan McCafferty, Crossed by Ally Condie, and Delirium by Lauren Oliver. All of these authors have published in the past, but fans of dystopian fiction can also expect some new novels from debut authors.

The video embedded above features the book trailer for Divergent, the first book in Veronica Roth‘s dystopian trilogy. Roth describes the book as being a story about “choice and identity.” According to Publishers Weekly, Roth’s agent Joanna Stampfel-Volpe pitched it as “The Hunger Games meets The Matrix.”

Lauren DeStefano‘s Wither kicks off The Chemical Garden trilogy; it features a world where people are bound to a limited lifespan and strict marriage guidelines. In June, Elana Johnson will publish Possession. The story stars Vi, a rebellious heroine hellbent on thinking for herself. Will dystopian lit continue to rule or will Greek myths dominate?

Young Author Cuts Six Figure Deal for YA Trilogy

laurend23.jpg25-year-old debut novelist Lauren DeStefano just inked a six-figure deal for The Last Chemical Garden–the first book in a dystopian trilogy about genetics and “a failed effort to create a perfect race.” The book is scheduled for an April 2011 release.

Barbara Poelle from the Irene Goodman Literary Agency sold the book to Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers senior editor Alexandra Cooper.

DeStefano (pictured) has her own blog and bio here. The young author had this statement: “There’s so much debate when it comes to genetics–what’s natural, what’s fair, and when science begins to cross the line … I just took that idea and let myself get carried away.”