Reality stars Kendall and Kylie Jenner are jumping on the YA dystopian bandwagon. Their novel Rebels: City of Indra, announced last summer, had its cover revealed yesterday by E! News. The book will be released on June 3 via Karen Hunter Publishing.
Their publisher describes the novel as “a thrilling dystopian story about two super-powered girls, Lex and Livia, who embark on a journey together, not realizing their biggest danger might be each other.” It’s the first in a planned series.
For those of you who don’t keep up with the Kardashians (ha!), Kendall and Kylie are the daughters of former athlete Bruce Jenner and his estranged wife, Kris. Their family is the subject of the popular reality show Keeping up with the Kardashians, which features the girls’ famous half sister Kim Kardashian, among others.
When any celebrity writes a novel, they’re usually met with dismay from the publishing world. Kendall and Kyle are just 18 and 16 respectively, an age where few people can craft a full book series, especially one that requires as much world building as dystopian. Not to mention a “cowriter” is mentioned both by E! News and on their publisher’s website. Just how much of this book are the sisters actually writing themselves? Your YA Fiction Examiner is certainly skeptical.
Still, even if the Jenner sisters are only writing a book to expand their celebrity brand, they’ve picked a good genre. Young adult dystopian is popular right now, with books like The Selection, Divergent, The Testing, and The Hunger Games consistently topping the New York Times bestseller list. And movie adaptations of Divergent, The Maze Runner, and Mockingjay (the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy) are all being released later this year. It’s doubtful that the Jenners can top or even come close to matching the bestsellers in the genre, despite their name recognition. But maybe fans, both of dystopian and the Kardashian-Jenner clan, will give them a shot anyway.
Will you buy Rebels: City of Indra when it’s released on June 3?
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