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Lionsgate in Talks with Julianne Moore to Play President Coin in ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’

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Julianne Moore, known for her role as Sarah Palin in HBO’s Game Change, is in talks for the role of President Coin in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. According to Deadline, Moore is likely to ink in a deal with Lionsgate soon.

Casting rumors concerning Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2 have been floating around the internet over the past few months, but this is the strongest and most reliable rumor yet. In addition, it’s the first time we’re hearing about a particular actress for the role of Coin.

President Coin is introduced in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy in the third and final book, Mockingjay, when we learn that she was the president of the elusive District 13 and leads the rebellion against the Capitol. Katniss, played by Jennifer Lawrence, and Coin meet in District 13.

It is interesting to note that Moore starred opposite Woody Harrelson (Haymitch) in Game Change.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is set to be released November 21, 2014. Part 2 opens in theaters November 20, 2015. Both films will be directed by Francis Lawrence who also directed Catching Fire, due out in theatres November 22 of this year.

We learned recently that the second trailer for Catching Fire will debut at San Diego Comic-Con in July. Stars of the film will be there to present the new trailer in front of dedicate fans.

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‘Divergent’ Set Photos of Abnegation Houses

Thank you to @donaldduckdad who has shared 8 awesome photos of the Abnegation Village. In the photos you can see the Abnegation houses from a few different angles. From the photos we can see that the inside of the houses are empty.

Divergent opens in theaters March 21, 2014 and is currently filming in Chicago. It is based on the first book in Veronica Roth’s dystopian trilogy of the same title. Insurgent, the second book, already has a script in the works. The third and final book, Allegiant, will hit book stores this October. Follow Young Adult Book Reviewer on Twitter and Facebook to get the latest updates on all things Divergent.

Check out the Abnegation houses below:

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What We Know About Veronica Roth’s ‘Allegiant’

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Book Title: Allegiant

Author: Veronica Roth

Release Date: 22 October 2013

Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books

Paperback Edition, 496 pages.

Book Synopsis: “What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?”

So these are the basic facts we know above, and here are some of the things you may have missed if you just jumped on the Divergent train:

  • There will be a new male character (LA Times Festival of Books)
  • Allegiant will be written from two perspectives: Tris and Four!
  • Veronica Roth tried to name a character from book 3 the same as her brother in law but it was too weird.
  • Chicago O’Hare airport is confirmed by Roth to be the building on the bottom of the U.S. cover. Thus we can assume that there will be something taking place at the building that was once the airport. (Veronica Roth’s Blog)
  • The circular water symbol that features prominently on the U.S. cover is not a faction symbol, but it will feature as a symbol in Allegiant. (Veronica Roth’s Blog)
  • In the U.K. cover (below) the Chicago city skyline is in the very foggy far distance, and to a lesser extent it is depicted in the same way on the U.S. cover. We can safely assume that Tris and co will finally be exiting the bounds of their world and discovering the world outside of the five factions.
  • The U.S. cover tagline: “One Choice Will Define You”
  • The U.K. cover tagline: “She must make her final choice.”

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U.K. Cover

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Are you a George R.R. Martin fan? Check out all there is to know about The Winds of Winter, Martin’s next book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series.

New ‘Divergent’ Video Feat. Filming Cast Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, and Ansel Elgort

Super fans of Veronica Roth’s Divergent series are eagerly awaiting the first film with baited breath, grasping at any new content they can get, whether it be fan made videos, images, or even fanfiction. FunnyMan1098, aka EPotter26 on Twitter, has shared a great video from the May 26th, 2013 day of filming where hundreds of extras lined up in outfits from all five factions. This video also features stills of major stars of the film, Shailene Woodley (Tris), Miles Teller (Peter), and Ansel Elgort (Caleb)

Divergent tells the story of Beatrice “Tris” Prior, who lives in a dystopian future where people are divided into factions based on their personalities. In these factions, individuals uphold one virtue (selflessness, bravery, peacefulness, honesty, intelligence) above all others – but during the choosing ceremony when you turn 16 you can choose to either stay with your family in the faction you are born into, or leave behind everything you’ve grown to know, the customs and culture you’re accustomed to…and the people you love. One choice will change you, it may destroy you, and will ultimately define you. The film version stars Shailene Woodley as Tris, Theo James as Four, Kate Winslet as Jeanine, Miles Teller as Peter, Zoe Kravitz as Christina, Jai Courtney as Eric, Ben Lloyd-Hughes as Will, Christian Madsen as Al, Ben Lamb as Edward, and Ansel Elgort as Caleb. Tony Goldwyn and Ashley Judd will be portraying Tris and Caleb’s parents. The movie will hit theaters on March 21st, 2014.

Check it out below!

[Review] Insurgent by Veronica Roth

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Published: 1 May 2012

Publisher: Harper Teen

Edition: U.S. Hardcover

Read my review for Divergent here.

Summary: “One choice can transform you–or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves–and herself–while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable–and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

“New York Times” bestselling author Veronica Roth’s much-anticipated second book of the dystopian “Divergent” series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.”

After the wild ride that was Divergent, the second in Veronica Roth’s dystopian trilogy, did not disappoint in its action-thriller-relationship dynamic. We meet with Tris soon after she has thrown all her cards in the air and decided that her only choice in the world now is to take down the Erudite and their masochistic leader, Jeanine.

Of all the dystopian books that I have read, this one had the most action packed plot of all. Even Catching Fire was slower to take up the pace of its plot than Roth has accomplished with Insurgent. One thing after another, we are left with little moments to take a breath and consider the consequences of Tris’ actions. We do, however, get a good insight into how the death and destruction is affecting Tris. Unlike The Hunger Games, Roth doesn’t try to harden her characters to the point of unrecognizable courage that not one reader could identify with – Tris is a human, just like us, and if we had just killed our friend, whether for a valid reason or not, we would be struggling. Tris’ struggle to deal with the murder she has committed stays with her through the book until the very end, and we see the outcome of the hard psychological struggle she has to live with while she tries to undermine the Erudite control over their little dystopian-Chicago world.

Aside from Tris’ inner struggles, we get a good feel for how Tris was identified as a Divergent. Her strength of body and fearlessness may set her apart as a Dauntless but she also cleverly devises plots to undermine Jeanine and her followers, depicting her Erudite intellect, and the love and selflessness that she has when she goes into a fight, determined that she should die to save the lives of those she loves, and those she does not know, identifies her Abnegation qualities. I felt like I got to know Tris’ character a lot more in Insurgent than in Divergent where we were learning more about the world that Roth created. We also get to see the relationship between Tobias and Tris grow stronger, and yet more easily breakable, when their differing plans to defeat Erudite come at a head.

Overall Roth created yet a stunningly addictive book, that I read with the same enthusiasm as a hungry child placed in front of a banquet. The deliciousness of Roth’s plot made me want more and more until we hit the peak surprise at the end of the book and we are left hanging with a suspenseful ‘what will happen next?!’. Unfortunately there’s still a bit of a wait for the next and final book, Allegiant, which won’t be released until October of this year. But that also leaves us time to speculate! What is outside of the world that Roth has created, and how does Tris, or rather, her former self, fit into all of this? Questions! Questions!

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Veronica Roth Talks ‘Allegiant’ Cover On Her Blog

VeronicaRothThis is going to be one of those kind of days where news is very central to one topic. Today’s theme of the day is Divergent! Or rather… Allegiant, the final in the trilogy.

Earlier we revealed the Allegiant cover and now Roth has a few words to say about it:

“Joel Tippie at HarperCollins is the creative force behind this cover, and he is so talented and always works so hard to get everything just right. (Also a shout out to Amy Ryan and Barb Fitzsimmons, also at Harper– you guys are awesome!) I have been so fortunate to get three covers that I love. I couldn’t be happier with this one and I can’t wait to see all three books lined up on my shelf!

A short note about that symbol: no, it is not a faction symbol. It is, however, a symbol that appears in the book. I can’t really share more than that– you’ll have to read it for yourself! (I can’t wait for that either!)

Also, yes that is O’Hare at the bottom. No, I can’t say more. AHH! Too many secrets.

If you missed my Today show interview with Ryan Seacrest in which we reveal the cover for the first time, you can watch it here: http://www.today.com/video/today/51828575 – VeronicaRothBooks

So there you have it! We were right! It is an airport, although why it’s surrounded by water, we’ll just have to wait and see!

[Opinion] Are Mermaids Or Dragons The Next Big Thing In YA?

Harry Potter gave kids a reason to read again. Magic became the big thing in publishing for awhile. Then Twilight came out and copycat paranormal vampire love stories were being pumped out of every teenage/adult publisher all around the world. Hunger Games finally broke the trend and made the dystopian genre big. 2011 and 2012 have been the years of Dystopian stories. So what’s next?!

Well according to USA Today Mermaids may be swimming up to take charge. Publishers are releasing a school of mermaid novels. And MerCon 2011, the first mermaid convention, will be held at the Mirage Resort and Casino in Las Vegas Aug. 12-13.

Stephenie Meyer announced a long while ago that she was interested in writing a series about mermaids.

“Publishers and readers are looking for the next big thing in the paranormal genre,” says Mandy Hubbard, whose young-adult novel Ripple, about a seemingly normal teen who must hide that she’s a mermaid (Razorbill, $16.99), is out July 21. “We’ve already done vampires and werewolves and angels. Mermaids feel a little more fresh and interesting.” (USA Today)

While Mermaids are definitely interesting – half woman, half fish, wet and beautiful – I just can’t see them being the big thing. Girls have  become the target demographic in YA publishing but I think since the Dystopian genre has become big, boys are becoming a bigger target audience. Quite simply Mermaids wouldn’t interest boys and I’m not sure how many girls it would interest. If Meyer does publish a Mermaids series she could make the genre big. But I think from what I’ve been reading that there is another fantasy creature that it making itself big in fiction. Dragons!

Twice in the past month I have read about dragons in fantasy/dystopian books and I feel like the way these books are being written they will capture the interest of both boys and girls. Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey (read YABR’s review here) featured dragons, fairies and humans. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (review forthcoming, to be published 10 July) is a fantastically written book about the co-existence of dragons and humans.

What do you think? Mermaids or Dragons? Or something else?