Read ‘Arch-Conspirator’ by Veronica Roth, excerpt from the book, see cover debut

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It’s hard to believe it’s been over 10 years since Veronica Roth first appeared with the Divergent series, but it hasn’t slowed down since. From short stories to adult novels, Veronica seems to have done it all. And with another book coming out later this yearit might be surprising to learn that she already has another one novel, Archi-Conspiratorrelease in 2023!

If you’re counting down the days until you can put more Veronica Roth books on your shelf, we have a little something special to share with you. Cosmopolitan has the first official look at Veronica Roth’s upcoming adult novel, Arch-Conspiratorwhich will debut on February 21, 2023. Check out the official cover reveal above!

If you’re already hooked, here’s the official book description of Tor:

“From dystopian visionary and blockbuster phenom Veronica Roth, comes a razor-sharp reimagining of Antigone. In Arch-Conspirator, Roth goes back to the roots of legend and delivers a world of tomorrow that is both timeless and unexpected.

Outside of the last city on Earth, the planet is a wasteland. Without the Archive, where the genes of the dead are stored, humanity will end.

Passing through the Archives should be cause for celebration, but Antigone’s parents were murdered, leaving her father’s throne vacant. As his militant Kreon uncle rises to claim him, Antigone feels nothing but rage. When he welcomes her and her siblings to his mansion, Antigone sees him for what he really is: a golden cage, where she is both captive and invited.

But his uncle will soon learn that no cage is unbreakable. And neither does he.”

Before you break this preorder button and start another Re-read-a-thon by Veronica Roth, don’t miss the exclusive clip below. Enjoy!


An extract of Archi-Conspirator
By Veronica Roth

But though she’s my sister’s child or closer
From the same family as all who adore my home,
Neither she nor her sister will escape
The greatest pain, for the two I hold,
As arch-conspirators, of equal guilt.

“Antigone”, Sophocles

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I asked my father once why he chose to curse us before we were born. Because being born like my siblings and I was doomed from the start. We were unique among our people, pieced together from any random combination of genes our two parents gave us. Children’s scrapbook.

He didn’t say, like my mother had a year before, “We didn’t think it was a curse.

He was far too callous for that.

“We thought,” he told me, “it was a curse worth bearing.

An honest man, and now a dead man.

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He was in the yard, the man who killed my father. Oh, maybe he hadn’t held the blade, but the blow that wrested political power from my father’s hands and then trampled it under his boots was the Kreon blow, suffered for Kreon, by Kreon.

He was in the relaxed version of his uniform, the trousers tucked into the boots, the shirt tucked into the trousers, his forehead strewn with sweat, the morning sun already exerting pressure. He lowered his head to listen to the leader of his guard, Nikias. They were too far away for me to hear them.

I was on a balcony, nestled in the ivy that only grew here, in High Commander’s Court, where no shortage of water in other parts of town could convince Kreon to sacrifice beauty. People will allow a high commander his small indulgences, I had heard it said once. It’s such a difficult job.

I imagined he was right – it was hard work, keeping your fist clenched for so long. But I wasn’t sure any amount of ivy could make this place beautiful for me.

Nikias has wandered away from Kreon, no doubt sent on a mission. My uncle’s eyes lifted to mine. He nodded in greeting.

My throat tightened. I disappeared into the leaves.

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After the fighting stopped, after we found the bodies of our father and mother in the streets, after we washed them, after we prayed for them; after Ismene and I have extracted their ichor, too young for responsibility and yet the only ones to do so; after storing what was left of it in the Archives; after all that, Kreon had summoned us to this house, to this yard where the ivy grew and the street was overflowing, and in the presence of all who had ears to hear, told us that we were welcome to live there with him. . To this day, I don’t know what prompted this act of generosity. We disgust Kreon, as we disgust many in this town, because of our origins.

Maybe it’s because we’re a family, and there are rules for family, and Kreon likes rules. Creon was Oedipus’ brother, Oedipus’ shadow. A man of blade instead of a man of wit. At family gatherings when I was young, he was known to break things – glasses, plates, toys – just by handling them too roughly. Once my mother asked him to brush Ismene’s hair for her, and Ismene spent the whole time trying not to cry as he tore knots out of her head. He didn’t know how to be teased; he only made fun of others, never of himself.

Maybe it was because we were still the children of Oedipus, albeit skewed by our genes. And Oedipus had almost started a revolution – he was a symbol, and so are we. And what better way to take power from a symbol than to claim it as your own?

So when he told us that we were welcome to live in his house, I knew what the consequences would be: he would let Polyneikes and Eteocles and Ismene and me live, but we would do it as he pleased. We would live in his house, legitimizing his rule, and he would keep an eye on us.

We thank you for your generosityI told him at the time.

Excerpt from ARCH-CONSPIRATOR by Veronica Roth. Copyright © 2022 Veronica Roth. Reprinted with permission from Tor/Forge Books, a division of Macmillan Publishing Group, LLC. All rights reserved.


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