Divergent author Veronica Roth has a pair of Young Adult sci-fi novels in the works, set to be published by HarperCollins in 2017 and 2018, both of which are seriously starting to heat up on the rights market.
The as-of-yet UNTITLED VERONICA ROTH SERIES, which will be released as a duology, is about a boy and the enemy with whom he forms an unlikely alliance.Both desperate to escape their oppressive lives, they help each other attain what they most desire: for one, redemption, and the other, revenge. As if a new pair of novels from the international bestselling author isn’t intriguing enough, the series is being pitched “in the vein of Star Wars.”
The upcoming books were announced back in March, but the war for the rights has just begun. Lionsgate’s feature adaptation of Divergent, starring Shailene Woodley, grossed nearly $300 milllion worldwide. Allegient, the second film in the Divergent series, is set for release in May, with the third film Ascendant scheduled for 2017. And with the last installment of The Hunger Games–Mockingjay Part 2 on the horizon, the search for the next great YA feature franchise is well underway. According to sources, the box office numbers that these YA-based blockbusters guarantee are the very reason some high profile producers at the major studios are already starting to vie for the upcoming Roth property.
Roth, who is only 26 years old, began writing the Divergent series when she was still an undergraduate at Northwestern University. That series, comprised of three novels–Divergent, Allegient, and and a short story collection, was released in 2011. To date, the books have sold oven seven million copies worldwide.
Josh Lyons | Staff Writer