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The mega-selling author of the Divergent franchise delivers her masterful first novel for adults
Fifteen years ago, five ordinary teenagers were singled out by a prophecy to take down an impossibly powerful entity wreaking havoc across North America. He was known as the Dark One, and his weapon of choice--catastrophic events known as Drains--leveled cities and claimed thousands of lives. Chosen Ones, as the teens were known, gave everything they had to defeat him.
After the Dark One fell, the world went back to normal . . . for everyone but them. After all, what do you do when you're the most famous people on Earth, your only education was in magical destruction, and your purpose in life is now fulfilled?
Of the five, Sloane has had the hardest time adjusting. Everyone else blames the PTSD--and her huge attitude problem--but really, she's hiding secrets from them . . . secrets that keep her tied to the past and alienate her from the only four people in the world who understand her.
On the tenth anniversary of the Dark One's defeat, something unthinkable happens: one of the Chosen Ones dies. When the others gather for the funeral, they discover the Dark One's ultimate goal was much bigger than they, the government, or even prophecy could have foretold--bigger than the world itself.
And this time, fighting back might take more than Sloane has to give.
- ISBN-13: 9780358164081
- ISBN-10: 0358164087
- Publisher: William Morrow & Company
- Publish Date: April 2020
- Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Page Count: 432
New worlds, new dangers
This spring, YA superstars Sarah J. Maas and Veronica Roth make their adult debuts.
Veronica Roth is best known for her intense, mega-bestselling Divergent trilogy, and Sarah J. Maas’ sweeping Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses series have garnered her a massive following. With their new novels, the two YA authors fully cross over for the first time into fiction for adults. Both books sit squarely within the realm of science fiction and fantasy, but each represents a very different approach to the genre.
Maas’ House of Earth and Blood, the first book in her new Crescent City series, introduces half-Fae party girl Bryce Quinlan. After Bryce comes home to find her closest friends literally ripped limb-from-limb by a demon, she is left alone and devastated, her only solace that the perpetrator is behind bars. But two years later, a string of similar murders begins, and Bryce realizes that her friends’ killer was never caught. With the help of Hunt Athalar, a fallen angel and assassin enslaved to the city’s governor, Bryce must navigate the darker side of Crescent City to try to bring the killer to justice.
Maas’ world is rich and sensuous, a dark urban fantasy with mythic overtones. Perfect for readers looking for both dramatic and romantic tension, it will make you hold your breath and leave your heart pounding.
Where House of Earth and Blood straddles the line between romance and mystery, Roth’s fantasy novel Chosen Ones takes a more traditional approach to the genre. The novel opens 10 years after the defeat of the Dark One, a mysterious and magical entity responsible for the deaths of thousands of people. The Chosen—the five teens responsible for the Dark One’s downfall—have grown up and moved on, creating lives that are as close to normal as they can get.
But not everyone can move on. Sloane is plagued by PTSD and the feeling that she’ll never be anything more than one of the Chosen. But then the death of one of the Chosen forces the remaining four to reckon with a new terror: the idea that the Dark One might not be as vanquished as they once thought.
Chosen Ones gives us a glimpse into a world after the heroes have won, and the result is stunning. Simultaneously heart-wrenching and heart-pounding, Roth’s latest will leave you gutted and wishing for just 10 more pages.
For readers who already love Roth or Maas, Chosen Ones and House of Earth and Blood will be automatic additions to their collections. For adult readers who have been hesitant to delve into the world of YA, both books serve as perfect introductions to their authors’ work. Take your chance now, and pick either (or both) as your next thrilling ride.