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6th Annual BSC Book Tournament Winner Revealed!

Congratulations to author Sara Grant who’s novel, Dark Parties has come out on top as the winner for the 6th Annual BSC Book Tournament!

We started the contest out with 32 entries into the March Madness style competition. We called this years tournament “A Taste of the Hunger Games” given that all the novels were ones that fans of the Hunger Games trilogy would enjoy.  Each novel in the tournament took a look at dystopian futures.

After weeks of voting by our readers, Dark Parties has come out as the winner of it all.

Dark Parties follows Sixteen-year-old Neva who has been trapped since birth. She was born and raised under the Protectosphere, in an isolated nation ruled by fear, lies, and xenophobia. A shield “protects” them from the outside world, but also locks the citizens inside. But according to the government, there’s nothing left on the outside, ever since the world collapsed from violent warfare. Neva and her best friend Sanna believe the government is lying and stage a “dark party” to recruit members for their underground rebellion. But as Neva begins to uncover the truth, she realizes she must question everything she’s ever known, including the people she loves the most.

Grant’s dystopian novel has caught the attention and love of readers all over the world making it this year’s winner!

I would also like to thank everyone who participated in the tournament this year as well. They were truly all fabulous books. You can see the list of novels included in this years tournament here.

6th Annual BSC Book Tournament Championship Begins!

 

Today begins our championship of the 6th Annual BSC Book Tournament: A Taste of the Hunger Games. We have featured 32 different dystopian novels, and over the last few weeks our readers have voted it down to the remaining two books.

We have Dark Parties written by Sara Grant who was originally featured in the Female Lead Bracket VS The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch who was originally featured in the Global Catastrophe Bracket. These two will square off in our final championship and one will be crowned the winner of Optionated’s 6th Annual BSC Book Tournament.

First, Ill give you a little background of each novel, and you can vote for which one you want to win at the bottom. Voting will continue through till April 10th, with the winner announced April 11th.

Dark Parties written by Sara Grant

Publication Date: August 3, 2011

Sixteen-year-old Neva has been trapped since birth. She was born and raised under the Protectosphere, in an isolated nation ruled by fear, lies, and xenophobia. A shield “protects” them from the outside world, but also locks the citizens inside. But there’s nothing left on the outside, ever since the world collapsed from violent warfare. Or so the government says… 

Neva and her best friend Sanna believe the government is lying and stage a “dark party” to recruit members for their underground rebellion. But as Neva begins to uncover the truth, she realizes she must question everything she’s ever known, including the people she loves the most.

About the Author

Sara Grant is an American living in the UK. Born and raised in Washington, Indiana, Sara graduated from Indiana University with degrees in journalism and psychology. She now works as a freelance writer and editor for Working Partners, a London-based company creating series fiction for children. She lives in London with her husband. This is her first novel.

The Eleventh Plague written by Jeff Hirsch

Publication Date: September 1, 2011

In an America devastated by war and plague, the only way to survive is to keep moving.

In the aftermath of a war, America’s landscape has been ravaged and two-thirds of the population left dead from a vicious strain of influenza. Fifteen-year-old Stephen Quinn and his family were among the few that survived and became salvagers, roaming the country in search of material to trade. But when Stephen’s grandfather dies and his father falls into a coma after an accident, Stephen finds his way to Settler’s Landing, a community that seems too good to be true. Then Stephen meets strong, defiant, mischievous Jenny, who refuses to accept things as they are. And when they play a prank that goes horribly wrong, chaos erupts, and they find themselves in the midst of a battle that will change Settler’s Landing–and their lives–forever.

About the Author

Jeff Hirsch graduated from the University of California, San Diego, with an MFA in Dramatic Writing. THE ELEVENTH PLAGUE is his debut novel. He lives in Astoria, New York, with his wife, and you can visit him online at www.jeff-hirsch.com.

You can begin voting for the championship below!

6th Annual BSC Book Tournament Bracket Finals

We are finally down to the final four contestants in our 6th Annual BSC Book Tournament.

The winner of both of these match-ups will determine bracket winners as well as who will continue on to our championship.

Our match-ups are:

In the Female Bracket:

1. 21 Erased by Barbara Rayne vs Dark Parties by Sara Grant



 In the Global Catastrophe vs the Future Apocalypse bracket:

1. Birthmarked by Caragh O’Brien vs The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch

The round will continue through April 5th. The championship will begin on April 6th and continue through till April 10th.

If you experience any technical issues with the polling, please email Sarah@boomtron.com with the problem.

6th Annual BSC Book Tournament Match up: The Line vs Dark Parties

Round 3, The SemiFinals of the 6th Annual BSC Book Tournament begins with match-ups between those left in the Female bracket. If you missed it, you can see our announcement of the brackets here as well as the unveiling of the full tournament schedule here. But now it is time for the voting to start!

We are keeping each round in its own post, but don’t worry! They will all be linked together to make it easier for you.

1: The Line by Teri Hall vs Dark Parties by Sara Grant

 

Be sure to check back next week for the results of round 2 of our book tournament. If you experience any technical issues with the polling, please email Sarah@boomtron.com with the problem. Polls will be open until March 29yh, and results will be announced on Tuesday, March 30th.

You can continue to the next one here!

Female Leads vs Male Leads Round 2 Winners

The second round between our Female Lead Bracket vs the Male Lead Bracket has concluded! It was a tough round with many close calls, but in the end the fans spoke up and we have the winners for round 2. Next we have Round 3 which is the semi finals for each bracket. We will have one winner from both brackets after this which will battle in the finales next week.

Congratulations to each of the winners from the match-ups! And also congrats to the female lead bracket that edged out the male leads completely!

You can see the winners from each bracket below:

The Four Winners Include:

  1. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  2. Dark Parties by Sara Grant
  3. The Line by Teri Hall
  4. 21 Erased by Barbara Rayne

Round 3 match ups will begin March 27, and continue till March 29th. We will announce winners on March 30th.

The Match-ups are as follows:

  1. The Line vs Dark Parties
  2. Uglies vs 21 Erased

So be sure to check back on March 27th, to begin voting on the semi-finals, and check in with us on Twitter for updates on the competition!

Round 2 of BSC Book Tournament Match Up: Dark Parties vs Helper 12

Round 2 of the 6th Annual BSC Book Tournament begins with match-ups between the Female Lead and Male Lead brackets. If you missed it, you can see our announcement of the brackets here as well as the unveiling of the full tournament schedule here. But now it is time for the voting to start!

We are keeping each round in its own post, but don’t worry! They will all be linked together to make it easier for you.

1: Dark Parties by Sara Grant vs Helper 12 by Jack Blaine

 

Be sure to check back next week for the results of round 2 of our book tournament. If you experience any technical issues with the polling, please email Sarah@boomtron.com with the problem. Polls will be open until March 20th, and results will be announced on Tuesday, March 21th.

You can continue to the next one here!

6th Annual BSC Book Tournament Round 1 Female Leads VS Male Leads

The first round between our Female Lead bracket and the Male Lead Bracket has concluded! It was a tough round with many close calls, but in the end the fans spoke up and we have the winners for round 1. Round 2 for this bracket will begin March 17th and through till March 20th.

Congratulations to each of the winners from the match-ups!

You can see the winners from each bracket below:

Female Lead Winners

  • Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  • Matched by Ally Condie
  • The Line by Teri Hall
  • 21 Erased by Barbara Rayne
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Dark Parties by Sara Grant
  • Helper 12 by Jack Blaine

Male Lead Winner

  • Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts

Round 2 match-ups begin tomorrow, March 16th, for the Global Catastrophe vs Future Apocalypse brackets.

The Match-ups are as follows:

1. Matched by Ally Condie VS Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

2. Dark Parties by Sara Grant vs Helper 12 by Jack Blaine

3. Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts vs The Line by Teri Hall

4. 21 Erased by Barbara Rayne vs Divergent by Veronica Roth

So be sure to check back tomorrow, March 17th, to begin voting on these titles, and check in with us on Twitter for updates on the competition!

6th Annual Book Tournament Match-Up: Dark Parties VS Vortex

Round 1 of the 6th Annual BSC Book Tournament begins with match-ups between the Female Leads and the Male Leads brackets. If you missed it, you can see our announcement of the brackets here as well as the unveiling of the full tournament schedule here. But now it is time for the voting to start!

We are keeping each round in its own post, but don’t worry! They will all be linked together to make it easier for you.

7: Dark Parties by Sara Grant VS Vortex by Robert Charles Wilson

Continue on to the next one here!

Be sure to check back tomorrow for the Female Leads VS The Male Leads bracket. If you experience any technical issues with the polling, please email Sarah@boomtron.com with the problem. Polls will be open until Wednesday night, and results will be announced on Friday, March 16th.