One would think that The Hunger Games
and its dystopian spawn—there’s even a controversial summer camp in Florida
where kids participate in a rather morbid tournament inspired by the Suzanne Collins novel—would have run its course by now. However, with tweens and young adults alike remaining entranced by such dark fantasies, recent YA book
-to-movie deals suggest that apocalypse is still now.
The 5th Wave:
The new adult fiction trend
has marked a gold rush in the otherwise floundering publishing industry, which is seeing parents and their children sharing their reading material more than ever. One of the latest intergenerational entries is novelist Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave
, an intergalactic riff on the familiar ‘teen romance in a perilous future’ trope. The first installment of what will become a trilogy is the story of a 16-year-old heroine who, after surviving an alien invasion, receives help searching for her abducted brother by a maybe-alien in disguise. Columbia Pictures is adapting the book
for the screen.
The Fire Sermon:
It’s no coincidence that forthcoming book The Fire Sermon
shares a name with the third section of T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land
; indeed, its author
, Francesca Haig
, is a poet when she’s not penning YA novels or teaching creative writing. The book also reflects the modernist poem's apocalyptic underpinnings. In Haig’s work, all humans are twins, with one of each pair being perfect and the other, mutated. Mutated twins are forced into settlements, and when one twin dies, so does the other. The title was preemptively acquired by DreamWorks
after a protracted publishers’ bidding war earlier this summer.
The Young World: The Young World
may be filmmaker Chris Weitz
’s debut novel, but the Hollywood vet is quite well-versed in the new adult fiction landscape, having directed the film adaptation of New Moon
. His book, while it doesn’t feature any blood-sucking characters, does include the types of teens-in-peril scenarios that appeal to fans of fantasy trilogies. (The Young World
is the first of three books.) In this case, after a cataclysmic event kills every person on earth not between the ages of 12 and 21, New York City’s teen survivors must try to rebuild their world from scratch. Warner Bros. secured the movie rights