25-year-old debut novelist Lauren DeStefano just inked a six-figure deal forThe Last Chemical Garden--the first book in a dystopian trilogy about genetics and "a failed effort to create a perfect race." The book is scheduled for an April 2011 release.
DeStefano (pictured) has her own blog and bio here. The young author had this statement: "There's so much debate when it comes to genetics--what's natural, what's fair, and when science begins to cross the line ... I just took that idea and let myself get carried away."