Hello and welcome to Day One of our Summer 2017 cover reveals (#RivetedRevealSU17)!
We have a TON of great upcoming YA to show you over the next two weeks and we’re excited to kick it off with some sci-fi/fantasy: today we’re revealing Want by Cindy Pon (June 13, 2017) and Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta (August 8, 2017). One is an an edge-of-your-seat sci-fi thriller, set in a near-future Taipei plagued by pollution, about a group of teens who risk everything to save their city; the other is a start to a brand-new fantasy duology where a young woman must smuggle magic into a plague-ridden neighboring kingdom to save her sister’s life.
Read on to hear a little more about them and check out their fantastic covers and as always, leave a comment and let us know what you think!
Want by Cindy Pon
About the Book:
Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits, protecting them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.
With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.
Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is, or destroying his own heart?
Cindy Pon, one of the co-founders of Diversity in YA, revealed the cover of Want earlier today on the Diversity in YA Tumblr here. Check out her post for a little more about the book and to hear from Cindy and her editor on the origins and evolution of the cover.
Want will be available June 13, 2017!
Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta
About the Book:
Faris grew up fighting to survive in the slums of Brindaigel while caring for her sister, Cadence. But when Cadence is caught trying to flee the kingdom and is sold into slavery, Faris reluctantly agrees to a lucrative scheme to buy her back, inadvertently binding herself to the power-hungry Princess Bryn, who wants to steal her father’s throne.
Now Faris must smuggle stolen magic into neighboring Avinea to incite its prince to alliance—magic that addicts in the war-torn country can sense in her blood and can steal with a touch. She and Bryn turn to a handsome traveling magician, North, who offers protection from Avinea’s many dangers, but he cannot save Faris from Bryn’s cruelty as she leverages Cadence’s freedom to force Faris to do anything—or kill anyone—she asks. Yet Faris is as fierce as Bryn, and even as she finds herself falling for North, she develops schemes of her own.
With the fate of kingdoms at stake, Faris, Bryn, and North maneuver through a dangerous game of magical and political machinations, where lives can be destroyed—or saved—with only a touch.