Titan acquires dystopian debut

Titan Books has bought American author Kieran Shea’s dystopian debut novel Koko takes a Holiday, set in a “strange and brutal hyper-commercialised future world”.

Fiction editor Cath Trechman secured world English rights from Stacia Decker at the Donald Mass Agency, for a five-figure sum. Both a paperback and e-book are to be published in 2014, while the two-book deal will see the novel's sequel, Koko the Mighty, published the following year.

Described as a sci-fi, crime hybrid with a "touch of tenderness and savage charm", the book brings to life a world of “corporate violence, religious hypocrisy, environmental chaos, mercenary friendship and sometimes despite it all, love”.

Trechman said: “Koko Takes a Holiday had me hooked right from the start. Crazy, violent, witty and warm, Koko is a captivating heroine and Kieran’s energetic and stylish writing brings her irresistibly to life.”

Maryland based-Shea has already seen his work published in numerous specialist magazines and crime fiction anthologies including Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Thuglit Word Riot, Plots with Guns and Needle: A Magazine of Noir.