News Round-up #5

book news round-up

Welcome to another news round-up post. This post is about two days late *coughoneweekandtwodayslatecough* but I am still excited about these news.

Challenger Deep Movie Rights Acquired by Chernin

First up is a movie adaptation news. Neal Shusterman’s book about a boy dealing with schizophrenia, Challenger Deep, has been acquired by Chernin Entertainment. Neal is supposedly going to co-produce and adapt the screenplay.

My reaction?

I am excited because movie adaptation means more recognition about this very important issue, namely mental illness. However, I am also worried. Challenger Deep is a very “visual” book. The power of the book came through vivid description of what Caden experienced as well as illustration drawn by Neal’s son, Brendan who had to deal with schizophrenia himself. I hope the movie can do it justice. It’s still in early stage though so maybe I shouldn’t worry about it too much. More details about the movie here

Speaking of Challenger Deep, the book itself recently won the National Book Award. If you’re looking for a book tackling mental illness, specifically schizophrenia, I highly recommend Challenger Deep. It’s written from first person perspective and it alternates between real world and Caden’s journey as a crew member in a ship bound for the Marianas Trench. It’s truly dark and heartbreaking.

The only thing you have for measuring what’s real is your mind . . . so what happens when your mind becomes a pathological liar?

There are the voices, and visual hallucinations when it’s really bad—but “being there” isn’t about voices or seeing things. It’s about believing things. Seeing one reality, and believing it’s something else entirely.

The scariest thing of all is never knowing what you’re suddenly going to believe.

Veronica Roth’s New Book

Veronica Roth, the author of Divergent series, recently talked about her upcoming book. Finally, the news that her fans have been waiting for!

Here’s a description from her tumblr:

So. My new book is a sci-fi fantasy story set in a time of extreme political unrest (hence the “Star Wars” comparisons you might have heard!). In it a boy named Akos, along with his brother, is kidnapped and brought to an enemy nation. When the dictator of that place threatens his brother’s life, Akos has no choice but to work with a girl named Cyra (the dictator’s sister), to save him. But Cyra’s trust—and her kindness!—are difficult to earn…to put it mildly. And the intense friendship Akos and Cyra form puts them in more danger than they could ever have imagined

More information to come the closer we get to 2017!

Source: Veronica Roth’s Tumblr

That’s all for today. Let me know what you think about the upcoming Veronica Roth book. And tell me if you have read or plan to read Challenger Deep. Are you excited for the movie?

Most Anticipated October Releases

The month of October is upon us! Okay, it’s still 16 days to go, but I’m buzzing with excitement over the possibility of new releases (books) next month.

Here are some of my most anticipated books to be released in October 2015.

October 6

I’m kicking this off with a BIG release day. Not only that Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer (the first book in the new Rick Riordan series) will be released on that day, it’s also the day when Ms. Rainbow Amazing-is-My-Middle-Name Rowell is going to drop her new book, Carry On. Two RRs (that four Rs) in one day, I think I might faint from over-excitement and exclamation points!!!

Let’s talk about them.
Rick Riordan has been one of the most consistent MG/YA author I ever read. His Percy Jackson is on my top 5 series of all time, and I also enjoy The Kane Chronicles and The Heroes of Olympus. He is one of the few authors whose companion books I still buy (PJ & The Greek Heroes, PJ & The Greek Gods, etc).

Rainbow Rowell, man, I would run of adjective to describe this lady so I wouldn’t even start. Her writing is so SO GOOD. Now, Fangirl wasn’t my favorite of hers, but I still heart it so I’m more than willing to give Carry On, which was a Fangirl spinoff, a try. See, the other thing I love about Rainbow is that she’s a badass. She was famous for writing realistic YA, but then she went ahead and published not only an adult fiction, but one with magicked telephone in it.

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