A title, blurb and release date have been unveiled for Veronica Roth’s first book in a planned sci-fi duology.

The novel is titled Carve the Mark and will hit bookstores on January 17, 2017 (Just 256 days away!). Roth first announced that she was working on a sci-fi series last year, mentioning that the books would appeal to fans of Star Wars, something that is still being touted in today’s announcement.

Here’s the official synopsis:

On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive — no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another.

The news were shared this morning through the UK’s Guardian and EW.com, who also gave us a first excerpt of the book. Taken from Chapter 7 of the novel, the passage gives us an introduction to the lead characters. You can read the excerpt here.

This is Veronica Roth’s first book after publishing the Divergent series, which she wrapped up with Allegiant in 2013. She also published in 2014 a collection of short stories centered on one of the series’ lead characters, Four.

You can pre-order the new book Carve the Mark here. Are you excited?

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