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In case all of you budding writers need some motivation, here you go: U.K. Harry Potter publisher Bloomsbury has signed a big deal with a 20-year-old Oxford University student for her futuristic series.

The Bone Season, the first in a seven-part series, is to be published in September 2013 and is set in 2059. The story follows Paige, who “is captured by the repressive government, Scion, and sent to Oxford, a town which has been kept secret, where she meets Warden, who becomes her ‘keeper.’”

Author Samantha Shannon is a student at Oxford University, reports NewsCore:

…currently studying English at St. Anne’s College, Oxford, said she was studying “Hamlet” when her agent called with the good news. “I was completely amazed and overwhelmed,” she told The (London) Sunday Times.

She has mapped out her story to be spread over seven books, just like Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series, following the adventures of Paige, a 19-year-old clairvoyant who escapes from life in a criminal underworld.

A six-figure deal has been standard as of late for series that appear to be bankable. Recent examples of books signed for deals this size include Matched, Shatter Me, and Defiance. The difference though is that The Bone Season deal is for three books, with an additional four books planned. Bloomsbury says it’s committed to the entire series.

Will you give The Bone Season a try when it’s released next year? We hate that we have to wait that long!

  • http://twitter.com/CaitlinMutch Caitlin Mutch

    yay dystopian fiction! i’ll be giving that a read.

  • Samuel

    I’ve been waiting to see a new English dystopian novel like American ones such as Hunger Games and Divergent. I’ll probably give the first one a go. 

  • MattyW04

    Definitely worth checking out….love dystopian fiction!

  • http://www.facebook.com/aaccss Alex Smith

    Sounds interesting

  • http://twitter.com/faridamestek Farida Mestek

    I really have to question the current trend for dystopian novels. I think our world is enough of a dystopian novel as it is, why would anyone want to read them is a mystery to me. Just switch on TV or the Internet and read the news – that’s all it takes.

    • Vantage

      Probably because it is often satirical, creating juxtaposition with what is really happening on TV, the internet and the news.

      ”In satire, vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, and society itself, into improvement.”

  • Guest

    ” ‘Potter’ publisher Bloomsbury”…you’re making it sound as if Bloomsbury hasn’t published any other books of repute till now…

    Hypable, will you please stop associating anything and everything with HP? Things can stand on their own merit too, you know, without throwing HP’s name being thrown around. You’re putting it across as if,”Oh, Bloomsbury would’ve shut down in case they hadn’t published ‘Potter’ books”. Please, Bloomsbury existed way before ‘Potter’ was created, and ‘Bloomsbury’ will continue to exist even after ‘Potter’. Stop this pig-headed immature attitude of yours, and for goodness sake, move on from HP. ‘Cos the rest of the world has done just that, and isn’t stuck in a time warp (unlike you).

    • http://www.facebook.com/iDomi Domi Ed

      I wonder if you could have said this any nicer…

      No need for name calling.

    • http://twitter.com/faridamestek Farida Mestek

      There’s no reason to shout. Honestly. Why all the negativity? Oh, and by the way, speak for yourself!

    • Vantage

      Go on, dispense your anger. Who looks pig-headed now?  

      ”The company’s growth over the past decade is primarily attributable to the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. ” – Wikipedia, Bloomsbury page

      Doesn’t at least a recognition for contributors of that publisher’s success okay with you? 

      And as for the ”U.K. Harry Potter publisher Bloomsbury”, they’re just saying it is the publisher of HP. What is with you?

      By the way, Hypable are fans too, thus the tagline: for fans, by fans. If they are fans of HP, let them be.

      I won’t move on from Harry Potter, but it would be so much better if you move away from this site.

  • Vantage

    I was actuallly looking for the next book ‘phenomenon’ (and hopefully adapted into films). This sounds interesting. But of course, no other series will top Harry Potter and make that same drastic change in children’s vision of literacy, in my perception. I hope this book/s is worth reading. 

  • Tulsi Patel

    Yeah it sounds interesting

  • FlightStorm

    Sounds a bit like 1984.  I will be giving it a shot for sure!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maria-Wang/542480760 Maria Wang

    Is this the next big thing?

  • BookReader

    Woohoo! New aniticipated series!

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