HarperCollins has signed a short story collection plus a novel from YA author Veronica Roth.
World English rights in the two books by Roth, author of the Divergent series, were acquired in a global co-publication deal by Katherine Tegen, v.p. and publisher at HarperCollins Children’s Books, from Joanna Volpe on behalf of New Leaf Literary & Media. UK rights were concluded by Rachel Denwood, publisher HarperCollins Children’s Books UK.
The collection of new short stories, titled The End and Other Beginnings: Stories from the Future, comprises tales set in futuristic lands, brimming with strange, new technologies - "yet the characters must still confront deeply human problems", says HarperCollins. It describes: "Masterfully written in her characteristically honest and poignant prose, Roth weaves tales that begin with hope for a better end, a sentiment that surely resonates with readers of all ages. Included in the collection is a story titled “Inertia”, which was optioned by Fox 2000 in a pre-emptive deal.
According to Tegen, the short stories are "absolutely breathtaking and beautifully inventive" while the standalone YA novel promises "another epic adventure, perfect for Veronicaʼs Divergent and Carve the Mark fans". No further details surrounding the YA novel have been unveiled.
The End and Other Beginnings: Stories from the Future will publish in the UK simultaneously with the US in autumn 2019, and Roth’s full-length YA novel is scheduled to publish in 2021.
To date, in the UK,Roth has sold 1.075 million books for £7.4m through Nielsen Bookscan. Her biggest seller is Insurgent, the second book in the Divergent trilogy, which has sold 191,228 copies.