Icons will be developed into a major motion picture thanks to Alcon Entertainment. And just what is Icons? It’s the forthcoming novel from author Margaret Stohl. If her name looks familiar, that’s because she’s part of the New York Times bestselling duo, consisted of herself and co-author Kami Garcia. Together they wrote the Young Adult paranormal hit, Beautiful Creatures, but Icons is Stohl’s solo debut.
If you enjoyed Stephenie Meyer’s The Host, which is also soon to become a film, starring Saoirse Ronan, then the plot of Icons may also be of interest to you. The story takes place is dystopian future Earth, where aliens reign supreme.
Over at Goodreads, I discovered a great little synopsis of the novel, which read this way:
Your heart beats only with their permission.
Everything changed on The Day. The day the windows shattered. The day the power stopped. The day Dol’s family dropped dead. The day Earth lost a war it didn’t know it was fighting.
Since then, Dol has lived a simple life in the countryside — safe from the shadow of the Icon and its terrifying power. Hiding from the one truth she can’t avoid.
She’s different. She survived. Why?
When Dol and her best friend, Ro, are captured and taken to the Embassy, off the coast of the sprawling metropolis once known as the City of Angels, they find only more questions. While Ro and fellow hostage Tima rage against their captors, Dol finds herself drawn to Lucas, the Ambassador’s privileged son. But the four teens are more alike than they might think, and the timing of their meeting isn’t a coincidence. It’s a conspiracy.
Within the Icon’s reach, Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas discover that their uncontrollable emotions — which they’ve always thought to be their greatest weaknesses — may actually be their greatest strengths.
Bestselling author Margaret Stohl delivers the first book in a heart-pounding series set in a haunting new world where four teens must piece together the mysteries of their pasts — in order to save the future.
I must say I kind of dig the idea that emotions, especially as wielded by angst-riddled teens, is an advantage in the science fiction flavored world, not a disadvantage. Icons sounds like a pretty wonderful thriller.
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers won’t release the book until May 7th 2013, but Alcon has already purchases film rights, which is a good sign the material is really good stuff.
Alcon also owns film rights to the adaptation of Beautiful Creatures. The first book in the Caster Chronicles series, Beautiful Creatures is modern-day, young adult, fantasy, which takes place in the south. The other books in the series are Beautiful Darkness, Beautiful Chaos, and Beautiful Redemption. There’s also a short story, considered 2.5 in the chronology, called Dream Dark.
In a statement, Alcon said:
We are thrilled with our involvement in Beautiful Creatures and the franchise it promises. “Once we learned of Margaret’s new venture, we jumped at the chance to continue our partnership with her and this amazing series of books.