Author Veronica Roth reached great success with her hugely popular Divergent book trilogy, but the YA writer is now shifting her focus to a new series. The best-selling author has reportedly just inked a deal to pen two more books for publisher HarperCollins.
The news, which Roth herself announced on social media, should come as a thrill to Divergent fans, who have long since been awaiting new work from the author. Though specific details regarding the new novels remain vague, the highly anticipated duology will reportedly chronicle the story of a boy who forms an unlikely alliance with an enemy. As both characters desperately try to escape their oppressive lives, they help each other attain what they most desire: redemption for one, and revenge for the other. But readers hoping for another dystopian story should prepare for a slightly different type of sci-fi novel. The forthcoming two-part series is being described as more “in the vein of Star Wars.”
For Roth, the choice of a male protagonist marks a definite departure from her girl-powered Divergent series. It earned frequent comparisons to Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy, in large part due to the strong, young females at the center of each series. Between the male character and the apparent Star Wars-like tone of the upcoming novels, though, it seems as if Roth’s new work will have no problems setting itself apart from both of the famous post-apocalyptic trilogies.
“I’m really enjoying working on this new series,” Roth said of the new books in a statement. “I can’t wait to share it with readers!”
The new male hero actually served as a crucial starting point for the upcoming works, as Roth explained to the Associated Press. “The idea started with a character. All the other elements — setting, world, even a substantial portion of the plot — came after,” she said.
Unfortunately for eager fans, it will likely be a while before we hear more particulars about said plot. The author also revealed that though she has a “pretty detailed” outline for the new series, she is still in only the early stages of writing. “I’ve been really taking my time with it,” she told the AP. “I’ve written huge sections a certain way only to cut them and start again.”
For Roth, the upcoming books will mark her first new full-length works since the final Divergent book, Allegiant, was published in 2013. That’s not to say she hasn’t been keeping plenty busy in the meantime. The hugely popular trilogy, which the author began writing while still in college, has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide and spurred its own film franchise. The first big-screen adaptation, starring Shailene Woodley, came out last year, earning more than $100 million at the box office. In addition to promoting the movie adaptations, Roth also penned Four: A Divergent Collection, a series of five short stories that served as a prequel to the trilogy.
Following up such a widely successful series comes with its fair share of pressure, but Roth seems confident in her new work. “I think I’d have to be a robot not to occasionally worry about expectations!” she told the AP. “But mostly I try to trust my instincts. It helps that I’m really in love with this project — that makes it a joy to work on.”
The first installment of the new series is due to arrive in 2017, with the next novel following in 2018. In the meantime, Divergent fans have three more films to look forward to, starting with Insurgent, which hits theaters later this month.