I’m posting a day early this week, but I can’t help myself. I have some very good news, and I just got the go-ahead to mention it here.
Here’s the official press release from Penguin:
PENGUIN YOUNG READERS GROUP ACQUIRES HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED DYSTOPIAN NOVEL MATCHED IN HEATED AUCTION
Newcomer Ally Condie’s Futuristic Novel Reminiscent of Brave New World and The Handmaid’s Tale
New York, NY – December 5, 2009 – It was announced today that Dutton Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, has acquired Ally Condie’s highly-anticipated dystopian novel MATCHED in a heated auction that included seven major publishers. One of this year’s most talked-about manuscripts, Condie’s futuristic novel tells the story of a teen-aged girl who has waited seventeen years to find out who “the Society” will select for her ideal mate, only to find herself falling in love with someone else. The novel is part of a three book deal brokered by Jodi Reamer of Writers House, LLC and 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 Books, who will edit the novel.
Julie Strauss-Gabel commented, “With relatable humanity and formidable tension Ally shows us our future in Matched, a flawed utopia that will make readers crave the passion of uncertainty and cherish the power of the written word. I can’t wait for the world to discover the love story that has already consumed our hearts and minds at Penguin.”
Jodi Reamer remarked, “Reading Matched reminded me of the first time I read the Twilight manuscript. Ally combines the eloquence and dystopian setting of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, the passion of Twilight and the game theory of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game to create one of the most provocative novels I have read in a long time.”
Lauri Hornik added, “I find myself talking about this fascinating novel constantly. Not only has Ally delivered a complex, dystopian suspense novel, she has also written an unforgettable tale of forbidden romance.”
Foreign rights for MATCHED have already been sold in Germany, Italy, Brazil.