Why this author is (already) having the best year ever

Veronica Roth
It’s official: In the book world, 2014 is Veronica Roth’s year.
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It’s safe to say there are a couple dreams every author has when they publish a book: It will end up on the New York Times best seller list, it will make you rich and it will inevitably be turned into a big Blockbuster movie. YA author Veronica Roth started 2014 off with all of those dreams made a reality.

As of yesterday, the first book in Roth’s “Divergent” series is both number one on the New York Times best seller children’s series list and USA Today’s best selling book’s list – and books two and three aren’t far behind. The movie version – starring Shailene Woodley – is set to come out March 21. Not bad for a 25-year-old whose big post-grad plans were to make ends meet by proofreading.

Roth finished writing “Divergent” at the height of “The Hunger Games” craze, so the timing for a new dystopian novel was ripe. In the mid-2000s, vampires were the craze. Before that, wizards. What popular themes will take over this year? Will female heroines continue to reign supreme? Or will something else entirely take over?

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