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Moira Young wins Costa Book Award

Canadian-born author and former opera singer Moira Young has won the U.K.’s Costa Book Award for children’s literature for her debut novel, Blood Red Road.

Young’s post-apocalyptic dystopian story, which has been compared to Suzanne Collins’ best-selling The Hunger Games, is the first in her Dust Lands trilogy. Earlier this year, director Ridley Scott acquired the film rights for his production company, Scott Free U.K.

The Costa Book Award “recognizes some of the most enjoyable books of the year by writers based in the U.K. and Ireland.” One of the five category winners, who each received £5,000, will be selected for the £30,000 Costa Book of the Year prize, to be announced on Jan. 24.

Young will be competing against Andrew Miller and his novel Pure; Carol Ann Duffy, who won for her poetry collection The Bees; Christie Watson, who won the first novel award for Tiny Sunbirds Far Away; and Matthew Hollis, who won best biography for Now All Roads Lead to France: The Last Years of Edward Thomas.