Looking for the next Katniss Everdeen? Virals co-author Brendan Reichs’s forthcoming YA novel, NEMESIS, may have your answer, as the television and film rights for the inventive new science-fiction series are already causing a stir on the market.
The novel, which will be published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons in the spring of 2017, finds the planet on the brink of destruction. Furthermore, there’s nothing Min can do about it. But she has more immediate problems – like the man who shows up every two years to murder her. On her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers behind her bedroom door, Min wonders: Why must she be revived only to die so many times? And what can she do to stop it? Noah, meanwhile, just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. He’s crazy, and always will be. Horrible waking nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when Noah’s idyllic mountain town begins to spiral towards panic and destruction, is there a chance within the chaos for him to become something more?
Nemesis is the last work from Reichs, who is best known as the co-author of the Virals series of novels and its short story collection, SPIKE, with his mother, Bones creator and producer Kathy Reichs. The series follows Tory Brennan and her “viral” friends, who contracted heightened, wolf-like senses during an experiment gone wrong, as they attempt to find a female pirate’s buried treasure in this second outing. The quartet is motivated to seek the booty when budget cuts threaten their parents’ university jobs in Charleston, South Carolina.
The works proved that Reichs, who spent three years of working as a litigation attorney, made a solid choice in his decision to change career paths, showcasing his skills as a master of non-stop action and engaging character work. The result has been the development of a strong young adult following.
With Nemesis’ descriptive setting, the material could prove to be the foundation of a new cinematic world aimed at millennial audiences. As young adult audiences have matured alongside series like The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Maze Runner, producers are increasingly eyeing elevated content with strong characters, fresh storylines and built-in audiences to fuel the next potential franchise.
In addition to his writing, Reichs is a Board Executive on young adult literary festivals YALLFEST and YALLWEST.
Emily J | Staff Writer