Legend by Marie Lu
The United States is gone, along with its flooded coasts. North America's two warring nations, the western Republic and the eastern Colonies, have reached a breaking point. In the midst of this broken continent and dark new world are two teenagers who will go down in history....
Born into the slums of Los Angeles, fifteen-year old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. A mysterious boy with no recorded image or fingerprints. A boy who should no longer exist. A boy who watches over his family until one evening, when the plague patrols mark his family's door with an X--the sign of plague infection. A death sentence for any family too poor to afford the antidote. Desperate, Day has no choice; he must steal it.
Born to an elite family in Los Angeles' wealthy Ruby sector, fifteen-year old June is the Republic's most promising prodigy. A superintelligent girl destined for great things in the country's highest military circles. Obedient, passionate, and committed to her country--until the day her brother Metias is murdered while on patrol during a break-in at the plague hospital.
Only one person could be responsible.
And now it's June's mission to hunt him down.
The truth they'll uncover will become legend.
That is just about the most badass synopsis I have read in maybe the past year. There's also a little excerpt from the book in the Penguin Fall 2011 catalog, which makes me think that, yes, maybe this will book will live up to its exceptional synopsis. I'm not sure if that's the final cover yet, but AWESOME also. Simple and iconic and reminiscent of The Hunger Games' covers, just the way I like them.
Legend will be published in hardcover by Putnam Juvenile on November 28, 2011.
Sisterhood Everlasting (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Book 5) by Ann Brashares)
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Ann Brashares comes the welcome return of the characters whose friendship became a touchstone for a generation. Now Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget have grown up, starting their lives on their own. And though the jeans they shared are long gone, the sisterhood is everlasting.
Despite having jobs and men that they love, each knows that something is missing: the closeness that once sustained them. Carmen is a successful actress in New York, engaged to be married, but misses her friends. Lena finds solace in her art, teaching in Rhode Island, but still thinks of Kostos and the road she didn’t take. Bridget lives with her longtime boyfriend, Eric, in San Francisco, and though a part of her wants to settle down, a bigger part can’t seem to shed her old restlessness.
Then Tibby reaches out to bridge the distance, sending the others plane tickets for a reunion that they all breathlessly await. And indeed, it will change their lives forever—but in ways that none of them could ever have expected.
As moving and life-changing as an encounter with long-lost best friends, Sisterhood Everlasting is a powerful story about growing up, losing your way, and finding the courage to create a new one.
So who else here practically grew up on this series? I definitely did, throughout middle school and into high school. They're a little hit or miss for me, especially as I got older, but I still like the idea of revisiting old beloved characters in their adulthood. This could be very disappointing... or totally, bittersweetly wonderful.
Sisterhood Everlasting will be published in hardcover by Random House on June 14, 2011.
Okay, I'm stopping myself at two. But still...these two! Want!