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Class of 2K11 and the Apocalypsies

November 17th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books

Have you heard of the class of 2K11?  If not you have to go check out their Class of 2K11 site.  They are a group of debut authors with their first books releasing next year.  You can also follow them on Twitter: @Class_of_2K11.  Here are just some of the ones I am dying to get my hands on:

XVI by Julia Karr Puffin/Speak, January 6, 2011 (Twitter: @juliaakarr)

Description from Nina Oberon’s life is pretty normal: she hangs out with her best friend, Sandy, and their crew, goes to school, plays with her little sister, Dee. But Nina is 15. And like all girls she’ll receive a Governing CouncilÐordered tattoo on her 16th birthday. XVI. Those three letters will be branded on her wrist, announcing to all the worldÑeven the most predatory of menÑthat she is ready for sex. Considered easy prey by some, portrayed by the Media as sluts who ask for attacks, becoming a “sex-teen” is NinaÕs worst fear. That is, until right before her birthday, when NinaÕs mom is brutally attacked. With her dying breaths, she reveals to Nina a shocking truth about her pastÑone that destroys everything Nina thought she knew. Now, alone but for her sister, Nina must try to discover who she really is, all the while staying one step ahead of her mother’s killer.

Memento Nora by Angie Smibert Marshall Cavendish, April 15, 2011 (Twitter: @amsmibert)

Description from Nora, the popular girl and happy consumer, witnesses a horrific bombing on a shopping trip with her mother. In Nora’s near-future world, terrorism is so commonplace that she can pop one little white pill to forget and go on like nothing ever happened. However, when Nora makes her first trip to a Therapeutic Forgetting Clinic, she learns what her mother, a frequent forgetter, has been frequently forgetting. Nora secretly spits out the pill and holds on to her memories. The memory of the bombing as well as her mother’s secret and her budding awareness of the world outside her little clique make it increasingly difficult for Nora to cope. She turns to two new friends, each with their own reasons to remember, and together they share their experiences with their classmates through an underground comic. They soon learn, though, they can’t get away with remembering.

Hereafter by Tara Hudson HarperCollins, June 7, 2011 (Twitter: @thudsonwrites)

Description from Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she’s dead. With no recollection ofher past life – or her actual death – she’s trapped alone in a nightmarish existense. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowing in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection she helps him survive.

Amelia and Joshua grow evern closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world…forever.


The Mephisto Covenant by Trinity Faegen Egmont USA, Fall 2011 (Twitter: @TrinityFaegen)

Description from A descendant of the daughter of Eve, born before Original Sin, falls in love with a son of the dark angel, Mephistopheles, then discovers she alone can save him from Hell, but only if she gives up mortality and her birthright of certain Heaven to join him and his brothers in a brutal war to save mankind’s free will.

Then there are the Apocalypsies who are MG and YA authors debuting in 2012.  2012 is a long way off but some of these books are looking awesome.  You can check out The Apocalypsies blog and follow them on Twitter: @Apocalypsies.  I couldn’t find descriptions of all of them but from the ones I could here are the ones I am eagerly anticipating.

POSSESS by Gretchen McNeil Balzer + Bray, Fall 2011 (Twitter: @GretchenMcNeil)

Description from Fifteen-year-old Bridget Liu just wants to be left alone: by her overprotective mom, by the hunky son of the police officer who got her father killed, and by the eerie voices which she can suddenly and inexplicably hear. Turns out the voices are demons – the Biblical kind, not the Buffy kind – and Bridget possesses the rare ability to banish them.

San Francisco’s senior exorcist and his newly assigned partner from the Vatican enlist Bridget’s help with increasingly bizarre and dangerous cases of demonic possession. But when one of Bridget’s oldest friends turns up dead in a ritualistic sacrifice that mirrors her father’s murder, Bridget realizes she can’t trust anyone. An interview with her father’s murderer reveals a link between Bridget and the Emim: a race of part-demons intent on raising their forefathers to the earth in human form. Now Bridget must unlock the secret to the Emim’s plan before someone else close to her winds up dead, or worse – the human vessel for a Demon King.

Everneath by Brodi Ashton Balzer + Bray, Winter 2012 (Twitter: @Brodiashton)

Description from”The first book in the deal, Everneath, is partially based on the Greek myth of Persephone: a 17-year-old who’s been banished to the underworld escapes to her former earthly existence with her family and boyfriend. The catch is that she only has six months in the real world before being sent back to Hades, this time forever. Book one is tentatively scheduled for winter 2012.”

Slide by Jill Hathaway Balzer + Bray, Winter 2012 (Twitter: @jillscribbles)

Description from Sylvia “Vee” Bell’s narcolepsy makes her slide randomly into other people’s heads, witnessing events she’d rather not see; but when she finds herself in the head of a killer, standing over the slashed and murdered body of her sister’s best friend, she becomes enmeshed in a web of secrets, lies and danger where the past has returned to haunt the present and where she can no longer trust even the friends and family she thought she knew.

The Other Life by Susanne Winnacker Usborne, Spring 2012 (Twitter: @SusanneWrites)

Description from her blog: 3 years, 1 month, 1 week and 6 days since I’d seen daylight. One-fifth of my life.

Sherry and her family have lived sealed in a bunker in the garden since things went wrong up above. Her grandfather has been in the freezer for the last three months, her parents are at each other’s throats and two minutes ago they ran out of food.

Sherry and her father leave the safety of the bunker and find a devastated and empty LA, smashed to pieces by bombs and haunted by ‘Weepers’ – rabid humans infected with a weaponized rabies virus.

While searching for food in a supermarket, Sherry’s father disappears and Sherry is saved by Joshua, a boy-hunter. He takes her to Safe-haven, a tumble-down vineyard in the hills outside LA, where a handful of other survivors are picking up the pieces of their ‘other lives’. As she falls in love for the first time, Sherry must save her father, stay alive and keep Joshua safe when his desire for vengeance threatens them all.

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2 Responses

  1. Michelle

    There are loads of great books headed our direction in the next couple of years aren’t there?

  2. Brodi Ashton

    Thanks for the shout out! I love your list, and I agree there are so many good books to look forward to in 2011 and 2012.

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