<p>Penguin has bought UK and Commonwealth rights to a new teen series, which it is predicting will kickstart a new trend of 'futuristic romance'.
</p><p>Amanda Punter, publisher at Razorbill, Penguin's new young adult list,
bought three books by author Ally Condie at auction from Angharad Kowal of
Writers House for a "substantial six figure" sum. </p><p>The first book in the
series, <em>Matched,</em> has already been sold into 15 languages. It will be
published in the US and UK in November 2010 and in the other global
territories in spring 2011.
</p><p>Condie shares an agent, Writers House's Jodi Reamer, with Stephenie Meyer.
</p><p>In a statement Penguin said when Reamer first read <em>Matched</em> it "generated in her the same kind of excitement as when she read <em>Twilight</em> for the first
</p><p>The novel is about 17 year old Cassia, who is about to
be matched for life with her perfect partner. But her "world falls apart when she falls in love with someone else". </p><p>The publisher said: "With its unique depiction of a claustrophobic, dystopian future, it is an extraordinary novel reminiscent of <em>The Handmaid's Tale, Nighteen-eighty-four</em> and Kazuo Ishiguro's <em>Never Let Me Go.</em>"
</p><p>Punter said: "We were all blown away by this remarkable novel, which is
utterly compulsive and intelligent, and which has at its heart a love story
that packs as much punch as its ideas."</p>