It’s been 17 years since Philip Pullman released the last book in the best-selling His Dark Material trilogy, but now the celebrated British fantasy author is returning to the world of Lyra Belacqua and daemons for a companion series The Book of Dust. According to The Guardian, the long-rumored trilogy will include several returning characters, like the aforementioned Lyra, and will dive into the nature of “dust,” a mysterious particle that is used in the original series as a stand-in for the bible’s original sin and the power of self-awareness. Pullman didn’t give away too many details, but he did reveal that “at the centre of The Book of Dust is the struggle between a despotic and totalitarian organization, which wants to stifle speculation and enquiry, and those who believe thought and speech should be free.” Hmm, a series of dystopian novels? Perhaps that could resonate with readers in 2017. Perhaps. The first installment will reportedly come out in October, but if Hollywood wants to try adapting it, they better remember to give Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig some better special effects.
Philip Pullman with the first book from His Dark Materials trilogy,