New YA: best books for young adults 2017
The hottest new YA – from Philip Pullman to John Green, gifts to guilty pleasures – we've rounded up the best books for young adults
It’s not a prequel, it’s not a sequel: ladies and gentlemen, Philip Pullman has written The Book of Dust, a self-proclaimed ‘equel’ to His Dark Materials. You can hear Philip Pullman himself explain the return to His Dark Materials trilogy in a talk at the Royal Festival Hall this autumn.
The story is meant to stand beside the trilogy, and, in typical Pullman style, will be released in three parts: and Part One is set to be published on 19 October 2017.
The first instalment, titled La Belle Sauvage, is set 10 years before the events of His Dark Materials and tells the story of how heroine Lyra came to be living at Jordan College.
La Belle Sauvage will reveal the secrets of Lyra's past, and focus on the struggle between the totalitarian regime known as the Magisterium attempting to stifle those who seek to learn more about the mysterious and powerful Dust.
Published 22 years after Northern Lights, La Belle Sauvage is a read long term fans and newcomers to the franchise alike can look forward to.