Dueling YA Books! And Adaptations? Maybe?

Three books with similar sounding premises are hitting shelves in the next year.

In my post about YA/MG books I hoped to see hit the small screen, I mentioned two science fiction options that have yet to be released, both focusing on a competition to be part of a space mission.

In September we will see the release of Nyxia by Scott Reintgen, following ten recruits travelling to the planet Eden, where they must compete against each other to be part of the potentially lucrative mining operation on the planet’s surface. A month later we get Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski. This book follows a competition between “gifted” young people to secure a spot on a classified mission to the farthest reaches of the universe.  And now it turns out that these two books will be joined in March by The Final Six from Alexandra Monir. This book will take readers to International Space Training Camp, where twenty-four teens will fight to be one of the chosen six sent to scout of Jupiter’s moon Europa as a potential new home for humanity, in the wake of disastrous climate change on Earth.

As it turns out, Monir’s book has already been optioned for adaption, though as a movie and not the TV series I suggested the other two could be. I have mixed feelings about this after Monir’s The Girl in The Picture was a bit of a disappointing read for me. That book told the story of a young man who was at the centre of a triangle between two girls who are roommates and former friends until he turns up dead.   Both girls are POV characters, as the narrative flips between the murder investigation and the past between the trio.  Unfortunately the characters failed to grab me and much as I love a good supernatural story, I was not impressed when a paranormal element came completely out of left field in this book.

Thus, I’m not entirely thrilled that out of these three similar books it is Monir’s that seems to have the inside track on adaptation and the publicity that would come with it. But perhaps The Girl in the Picture was just a bump in the road for her and The Final Six will turn out to be great.

One thing is for sure, I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for all three of these books at my local store.

 

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