I write young adult stories that could take place next week — but let’s hope they don’t. NERVE, a YA thriller about an online game of Truth or Dare, without the truth, was published by Dial and optioned for film by Lionsgate with Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (Catfish, Paranormal Activity 3 & 4) hired to direct and screenplay by Jessica Sharzer (American Horror Story). NERVE is available (or soon will be) in seven foreign editions—check out the covers below!
My next book, CHARISMA, a YA suspense about a girl willing to swap out her DNA for the life she dreams of, only to discover a nightmare, comes out March 3rd, 2015.
Coming from Dial on March 3, 2015
A chance at the ultimate makeover means deadly consequences in a story that’s part medical thriller, part social justice commentary.
Aislyn suffers from crippling shyness—that is, until she’s offered a dose of Charisma, an underground gene therapy drug guaranteed to make her shine. The effects are instant. She’s charming, vivacious, and popular. But strangely, so are some other kids she knows. The media goes into a frenzy when the disease turns contagious, and then deadly, and the doctor who gave it to them disappears. Aislyn must find a way to stop it, before it’s too late.
Available now from Dial/Penguin
Praise for NERVE:
“[R]eaders will find themselves flipping madly to the very last page.”Kirkus Reviews
“Ryan questions the nature of entertainment and explores the concept of privacy in a world of increasingly sophisticated social media. Teens will find themselves drawn in by the story’s possibilities, and unNERVEd by its outcome. Give this to Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games fans.”School Library Journal
“Ryan’s story is thought-provoking and unsettling…the ending goes off with a bang and a twist.” Publishers Weekly
“This is a head-trip of a book, that will make you question the popularity of reality shows and online games.”Parkersburg News & Sentinel
“[T]he book whizzes along at a tremendous, thoroughly enjoyable clip.” A.V. Club
~Included in the LA Times Fall 2012 Roundup of young adult fiction.
When Vee is picked to be a player in NERVE, an anonymous game of dares broadcast live online, she discovers that the game knows her. They tempt her with prizes taken from her ThisIsMe page and team her up with the perfect boy, sizzling-hot Ian. At first it’s exhilarating–Vee and Ian’s fans cheer them on to riskier dares with higher stakes. But the game takes a twisted turn. Suddenly they’re playing all or nothing, and the prize may be their lives.
French Edition, Editions Robert Laffort
Taiwanese Edition, Doing
Dutch Edition, Van Goor, Unieboek
German Edition, cbt, Verlagsgruppe Random House
Russian and Italian Editions (coming soon)