Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (11)

Matched - Ally Condie
*November 30th, 2010 Dutton Juvenile
In the novel, a 17-year-old girl, who has waited her entire life to be told by a group known as “the Society” who her soul mate is, has her world upended when she discovers she’s in love with someone other than the group’s pick. Don Weisberg, president of Penguin Young Readers Group, along with Lauri Hornik, president and publisher of Dutton Children’s Books, and Julie Strauss-Gabel, associate publisher of Dutton Children’s, all worked on the deal, which is for North American rights. Gabel, who will edit the book, said that it “will make readers crave the passion of uncertainty and cherish the power of the written word.” And Reamer, expectedly perhaps, drew the Meyer parallel, saying reading Matched reminded her of the first time she read Twilight.
It seriously seems like things have moved super-fast for this book. Not that long ago, we were gaping over the announcement of the deal in PW (December 7th, 2009, actually), for a number of reasons. Firstly - seven figures for North American rights (that's over a million, people) - three book deal, foreign rights sold as well, and compared to Brave New World and The Handmaid's Tale to boot. Pretty impressive hype, no? Plus, she's represented by Jodi Reamer, agent extraordinaire of the likes of Stephenie Meyer and Aprilynne Pike.

And here we are, mere months later with a release date set for November (less than a year, that's pretty fast) and a cover and everything. (Does the author name font remind you guys of the title font for Teri Hall's The Line?)

In any case, it's dystopian, it's being compared to BNW and THT - how could I resist featuring this one? Plus, is that one gorgeous cover or what? The simplicity/conceptuality of it is pretty cool. Allyson Condie sure seems to be coasting smoothly with this one.

So there you have it - my pick of the week. Your turn now - what're you waiting on this Wednesday?

*WoW is hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine


Book Sake said...

Good pick and love that cover!

Our pick is at BookSake.

Steph Su said...

I agree that things have moved HUGELY for this book. That, and its comparisons to the YA bestsellers, makes me extremely nervous. Sometimes loads of pre-hype leads up to a book that I found I was unable to enjoy. Nevertheless, the premise sounds great (almost too great, I'm afraid; there's something about it that I don't quite trust), but I know I'm still definitely going to be giving this book a try.

deltay said...

Steph - Mmm, that's true, about sometimes books having the added pressure of living up to the hype. Especially with the development of the blogosphere and such, it seems to be a growing issue. For example, with Pike's WINGS, there was so much hype and when the reviews came out, a bunch weren't so glowing. Guess we'll see for this one :)

Christina T said...

I only heard of this book recently (I haven't read PW since Nov. 2009 so I guess that may be why). I have already added it to my TBR list. I was not a fan of The Handmaid's Tale but the premise of this book is really interesting. Great WoW pick!

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