Sandra Newman on ‘The Country of Ice Cream Star’

February 5, 2015 4:18 PM

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Sandra Newman on ‘The Country of Ice Cream Star’

Author Sandra Newman thinks Katniss Everdeen, of the ‘Hunger Games’ trilogy, is kind of a wuss. The 15-year-old heroine of Ms. Newman’s coming dystopian novel, “The Country of Ice Cream Star,” has “certain crucial differences,” Ms. Newman says. “Instead of agonizing over kissing a boy, she just has sex. Instead of killing people with her archery skills, she has an assault rifle. I also think she’s a lot smarter and funnier than Katniss Everdeen, but clearly I’m biased.”

Entering the packed arena of dystopian fiction requires a certain authorial verve, but Ms. Newman is unfazed. That’s because in addition to her assault rifle, Ms. Newman’s heroine comes armed with strong reviews in England, where the book was published last year. And in the U.S., buzz is mounting be...

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