very big news about my next project!

Shi Cheng, China, photo by Chinese National Geography. Can you believe this place is real?

Shi Cheng, China, photo by Chinese National Geography. Can you believe this place is real?

So I have some big news! I’ve signed on again with Dutton/Julie Strauss-Gabel for two more books! I cannot tell you how happy I am about this. Working with Julie (and the rest of the team at Dutton/Penguin) has been the ideal experience for me. Julie is one of the smartest, kindest, most interesting people I know and it’s an absolute honor to have her as my publisher. She shapes my books and makes them better, every time, by asking wonderful questions and guiding me to where the story really needs to be. The team at Penguin has done incredible things for the Matched trilogy every single step of the way, from cover art to marketing to school and library outreach. I am thrilled to be publishing two new books with them. And, of course, my agent (Jodi Reamer) who negotiated the deal, is just tremendous. She is so savvy and smart and I am truly blessed to be able to work with her and Julie.

The first of the two books won’t be out until Fall 2014, so there is a little while left to wait, but I am having SO MUCH FUN writing this book. Here’s a bit from the press release (edited a little because I am the biggest spoiler-phobe in the world):

Ally Condie, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Matched trilogy, to publish two new novels with Penguin Young Readers Group

New York, NY – March 11, 2013 – Ally Condie, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Matched trilogy, will publish two new novels with Dutton Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, it was announced today. The first book, scheduled for publication in fall 2014, tells the story of Rio, who has waited her whole life for the opportunity to leave her safe, underwater city of Atlantia for life on the surface. But when her life takes an unexpected twist and Rio must remain below, she is left with increasingly dangerous questions about the complex political and religious system constructed to govern the fragile divide between land and sea.

The second book is not yet scheduled. The deal was brokered by Julie Strauss-Gabel, President and Publisher of Dutton Children’s Books and Jodi Reamer, Writers House. Julie Strauss-Gabel will edit the books. Dutton has North American rights.

Julie Strauss-Gabel said, “I am thrilled that we can all look forward to more books from Ally Condie at Dutton. I’m excited to introduce fans of the Matched series to exciting new worlds and heroines as strong and compelling as Cassia.”

Ally Condie is the author of the critically-acclaimed, New York Times bestselling Matched trilogy. Matched has been called “the hottest YA title to hit bookstores since The Hunger Games” (Entertainment Weekly), and a “superb dystopian” (The Wall Street Journal) featuring “impressive writing that’s bound to captivate young minds” (The Los Angeles Times). Crossed, the second book in the Matched trilogy was released in paperback March 12, 2013.

We don’t have a title yet (I refer to it right now as the “Rio Book”). But I will be sure to keep you posted as more information becomes available. One of the things I’m really excited about regarding this book is that it’s a story about sisters. (Don’t worry, there is also romance!) I love reading stories about families and relationships and so I hope I can do that justice in this book. And I hope you readers will like it too.




+ comments (32)
  • Audra
    March 25, 2013

    Ally! This is so exciting and this book sounds fantabulous!!!



  • Sara B. Larson
    March 25, 2013

    I’m so happy for you! Congrats, Ally! these books sound fabulous!!



  • Mariam
    March 25, 2013

    So when this goes to a movie, I know some twins for the parts.;)



  • Rica
    March 25, 2013

    Wow, great news! I hope it’ll be published in germany as well :) Will the “Rio Book” be a trilogy too?



  • Josi
    March 25, 2013

    So excited for you and for all of us! Congrats, Ally.



  • ilima
    March 25, 2013

    Awesome news!



  • Debbie Barr
    March 25, 2013

    Hooray for you! This sounds like an exciting book, can’t wait to read it! Congratulations!



  • YA Book Queen
    March 25, 2013

    Congratulations! How exciting! :)



  • Kate (Froze8)
    March 25, 2013

    I’m so excited for you Ally! Congrats! :)

    -K8



  • Jenafer Lowe
    March 25, 2013

    Feel free to put my name in a book! ;) Love you Ally, you are so talented!



  • bandreoli
    March 25, 2013

    congrats ally! i can’t wait to read it!



  • The (YA) Bookcase
    March 26, 2013

    OMG FANTASTIC!!! Cannot wait to see what you come up with next, Ms. Condie!



  • June
    March 26, 2013

    You must be tremendously stoked! Wishing you well in your writing adventures…



  • That is such exciting news! Congratulations Ally! I can’t wait to hear more about it and read it next year. An underwater adventure?!! Sounds amazing. I also love reading books with family relationships.



  • Mindy H.
    March 28, 2013

    Congrats! I received an email this morning announcing your big news! How exciting for you! I’m first in line for a review :)

    Take care!



  • Jenni Elyse
    March 28, 2013

    Yay! I can’t wait! Congratulations! :D



  • Ashley R.
    March 29, 2013

    When I found out months ago that you were starting a new book I was really excited! I have been waiting for more prose from you. I love your books and I can’t wait to read it! :)
    Congratulations!



  • Anikka
    March 29, 2013

    Oh my gosh! ;) I read all of your other books, and I can’t wait to see what you come out with next! I’m sure it will be great!



  • Bianca
    April 11, 2013

    Wow! This must be so exciting. I love hearing writers say they are having so much fun writing something! I just finished reading Reached. It was like a journey for me that I will remember as though these memories are actually my own. I hope to write like you someday! And I’ve figured out the question that has been nagging me ever since I started writing. Why do I write? To create, even if no one ever reads it :) thanks for inspiring me :D



  • Allison
    April 13, 2013

    YES! I cannot tell you how happy this makes me! Congrats! :)



  • Samantha
    May 6, 2013

    Congratulations! It’s definitely time for mermaid books. I can’t wait to read it. You wrapped up the Matched series so well, and I can’t tell you how over the moon I am that your next book is mermaid-ish. My own mermaid book is under consideration with a couple of agents right now. :)



  • Taylor Patton
    June 1, 2013

    Is matched becoming a movie. I heard it was and im just curious if it is or not. I read the matched but i havent gotten to crossed or reached yet because i have not been able to get them.



  • Jonathan
    June 11, 2013

    Oh my gosh, your trilogy really brought tears to my eyes and I am certain these next two books will too i am thrilled to see what comes next, I wish you could make a story about Xander and how he continues his story after Reached, only an opinion, but again a big fan of your work, waiting for 2014 for your books



    • b
      July 6, 2013

      Yea, I would love that to happen, but I was sad at the end. I wasen’t sure until the end, but I realized I was so team xander the entire time!



  • B
    July 6, 2013

    I was team xander, but I think a spin off series with xander would be amazing! I keep wondering what the people chose,but as the book States its ok to wonder. Towards the end I really didn’t want to know who she really ended up with but I think we all had a feeling. I loved the matched series it was wonderful I couldn’t put it down even on the 4th of July. If there’s going to be a movie I would love to be in it.



  • kim
    July 7, 2013

    I read the book and is their anyway I can be a part of the movie



  • Kelly
    July 15, 2013

    I loved the Matched series have you ever thought of making it into a movie?



  • Mellissa B
    August 7, 2013

    I loved reading the Matched series.It is books that I will recommend for my future students and others.My 66 yrs old step-mom loved reading them as well.Spans all ages.Great reading!



  • Mellissa B
    August 7, 2013

    Let me know when your new books come out please!!!



  • Hannah K.
    September 9, 2013

    So excited for you!! I loved your Matched trilogy, and i was wondering if you were going to make more about what happened to Xander and the Markhams: Patrick, Aida, and Matthew, Ky and Cassia as well.



  • Kazza
    December 8, 2013

    I’m so pumped for this!! Sounds great, and fall 2014 is TOO far away!!




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