If you loved “Divergent,” “The Maze Runner,” and “The Hunger Games” and are ready for more young-adult stories set in fantasy, sci-fi, or dystopian universes, we’ve got good news — there are dozens of popular YA books currently in development for film adaptations.
The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs
Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor
Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo
Grasshopper Jungle – Andrew Smith
The Immortal Rules – Julie Kagawa
Legend – Marie Lu
Monument 14 – Emmy Laybourne
Red Rising – Pierce Brown
An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir
All the Awesome that is Libba Bray and A DATE for Lair of Dreams.
Originally posted on Libba Bray:
Dear Lovely-and-Patient Readers,
Many of you have been asking, “Hey Libba—when is the second Diviners book, LAIR OF DREAMS, coming out? It’s been moved on the schedule so many times we have lost faith in the old gods of the book pub-scheduling universe. We have stopped leaving small plates of cheese before their effigies. We no longer sing the playful songs of patient waiting, songs taught to us by our sequel-anticipating ancestors as they camped on the shores of Robert Jordan/George R.R. Martin-land. Madness reigns, Libba! Blood and chaos in the streets! Twinkie shortages! We look into each other’s eyes, wordless, lost, for what can be said when you promised us a book in April of LAST YEAR and have managed to blow through every date since? For the love of all that’s holy, will you please stop messing with us?!”
Gentle readers, I hear you. I am sorry. I…
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The gutsy, girl narrator is in full force in Maas’s first installment of the Throne of Glass trilogy. Celaena Sardothien has more moxy than most, having been trained as an assassin since before age 10. She speaks her mind and fights back, even when she knows both will get her in trouble. One would think that her profession would negate any true moral compass but Celaena’s is remarkably strong, guiding her through the treacherous waters of the king’s competition and her love quad-rangle between the prince, Dorian; her training partner and Captain of the King’s Guard, Chaol; and the ghost of her first love, Sam.
While description of the competition becomes a little tedious at times, I’m not sure how else Maas could have introduced all of the nuanced elements of this tale without a 13-week time frame. Erilea is an interesting world to visit. With a past that includes faerie magic as part of childhood mythology but an adult world that, in all outward appearance, eschews magic, Celaena is ignorant of much that will impact her survival of the competition. As Celaena herself begins to discover deep ties to Elven magic, readers must ask themselves exactly what other secrets do Erilea, the king, and Celaena’s past hold.
As the treachery of the king’s court seems to bleed ever deeper into the layers of nobility and the levels of rebellion seem to match that depth, Celaena must decide whom to suspect and whom to trust, if anyone. Infuse the political intrigue with magic, demons, a vicious killer on the loose, and multiple twists in character’s loyalty, and readers get a fantastic plot, complex characters and a richly built world.
In a recent article, hypable.com discusses the apparently sweeping changes the producers and directors have made to the Insurgent movie coming out March 20. Click here to read the entire article. Author Veronica Roth (@VeronicaRoth) commented on the changes earlier this month saying she wasn’t disappointed in the changes and was most concerned with the integrity of the characters.
INSURGENT is a typical second book bridging the action of DIVERGENT to its conclusion in ALLEGIANT. While I was unhappy with the overall ending of the book series, I enjoyed Roth’s world. If she’s happy with the INSURGENT movie, I’m willing to give it a go. I’m also interested, as are many others, to see how these changes affect how ALLEGIANT will be filmed in the tow-part finale. What are your thoughts on the proposed changes?