Last week the Penguin Young Readers Group imprint laid down a seven-figure advance for three books from debut* novelist Ally Condie, in a heated auction featuring seven other houses.
Her first book, Matched, is a dystopian novel that Dutton [Children’s Books] likens to Brave New World and The Handmaid’s Tale. In the novel, a 17-year-old girl, who has waited her entire life to be told by a group known as “the Society” who her soul mate is, has her world upended when she discovers she’s in love with someone other than the group’s pick.
*NB. Ally Condie has published several books already but this may be her debut for Penguin.