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Veronica Roth’s new YA series will be like Star Wars

Divergent author, Veronica Roth, is cranking the popular young adult dystopian genre up a notch with her next series.

The new series is currently untitled, but HarperCollins said in a statement on Monday it would be a “duology in the vein of Star Wars.”

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The fact that there will only be two books in the series is also a new spin on the ever-popular and usual trilogy in young adult novels.

“Veronica Roth explores — with poise and poignancy — the story of a boy who forms an unlikely alliance with an enemy,” the press release from HarperCollins explained. “Both desperate to escape their oppressive lives, they help each other attain what they most desire: for one, redemption, and the other, revenge.”

I can’t help but wonder if each book will focus on one of these two goals, perhaps narrated from each character’s perspective.

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It also sounds like Roth will be diversifying her writing style. Her best-selling series, Divergent, was told from the perspective of a female lead, which is also popular with the YA genre these days. Of course, publishers are always looking to diversify and doing so with an already-established author greatly increases the likelihood of success.

“I’m really enjoying working on this new series,” Roth said in the statement. “I can’t wait to share it with readers!”

Roth said on Twitter the new series will not be connected to the Divergent universe at all, but will be set in a completely new world.

The announcement couldn’t have come at a more perfect time, since the Divergent series’ second movie, Insurgent, will be released in just a few weeks on March 20.

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The first book in the Star Wars-esque series from Roth is scheduled to be released in 2017, with the next book coming out in 2018.

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