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Dan Heching
March 14, 2017 AT 01:13 PM EDT

Penguin Young Readers has acquired the next three novels in author Rick Yancey’s bestselling YA alien invasion series, The 5th Wavethe publisher announced Tuesday.

After the initial trilogy’s third installmentThe Last Star, was released last year, Yancey says he is looking forward to taking the stories around these characters even further. “The fates of all the characters introduced in the first three books will be resolved,” the author said in a release. “New characters, surprising twists, non-stop action, and the ultimate battle for the planet – all await fans as The 5th Wave roars on!”

A No. 1 New York Times best-seller, The 5th Wave series has sold to date over 3.6 million copies, and is beloved by fans and critics alike. The film version of the first novel, starring Chloë Grace Moretz, was released last year. There is no word yet on titles or plots for the next trilogy, but fans can start getting excited for publication of the first book, slated for publication in the spring of next year.

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