Do you ever wonder how a book becomes the “next big thing”? How a book like Twilight or The Hunger Games becomes a bestseller and moves to the top of everyone’s must-read list? Great reviews don’t hurt, but a lot of books gain momentum and popularity through word-of-mouth. Have you ever discovered a great book, then recommended it to a friend, who recommended it to another friend? If so, then you have already helped to make a book popular! On that note, here are my predictions for the next big thing in books (although one book is never enough, so make that the next big THINGS)!
- Flip by Martyn Bedford
A teenager wakes up inside another boy’s body and faces a life-or-death quest to return to his true self or be trapped forever in the wrong existence.
- The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan
Rendered the last of his kind after a colleague’s death, 200-year-old werewolf Jake struggles with depression and contemplates suicide until powerful forces with the power to keep him alive take over his life.
- The Taker by Alma Katsu
Drawn to a woman who reveals herself to be immortal, a young doctor named Luke hears the story of how she was abducted 200 years ago by a centuries-old Hungarian count who granted her eternal life.
- Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
Alienated from his fellow zombies because of his dislike of having to kill humans, “R” meets a living girl who he resolves to protect in spite of her delicious appearance.
- Divergent by Veronica Roth
In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice must choose among five predetermined factions to define her lifelong identity, a decision made more difficult when she realizes she does not completely fit into any one group.
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
17-year-old Karou, a mysterious art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters–the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.
- Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson
A powerful artificial intelligence called Archos takes on the persona of a shy human boy and begins to turn the world’s technology against humanity, launching a robot war that no one seems to be able to stop.
And for those who really like to keep their eyes on the literary horizon, look out for Pure by Julianna Baggott. It will be published on February 8, 2012, and it could very well be the first big book of the New Year!