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Saoirse Ronan, who appeared in the critically-panned The Host in March, will appear in another young adult movie adaptation later this year. The flick, titled How I Live Now, is based on Meg Rosoff‘s Printz Award-winning novel about a teenage girl battling human survival.  Magnolia Pictures has released the first trailer for the thriller, check it out.

Directed by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King Of Scotland), this young-adult thriller is set in a not-so-distant-future, where Ronan’s bratty American Daisy has gone to stay with relatives in the English countryside. Upon arrival, she feels unfamiliar and alienated from those around her, but eventually she begins to warm up to her peers, and even strikes up a romance with a handsome boy named Edmund (played George MacKay). But their idyllic summer takes a bad turn when conflicts escalate in Europe, resulting in World War III. As the UK falls into a violent, chaotic military state where people are put into camps, Daisy finds herself fighting for her life and those she loves. Here’s the trailer:

With Macdonald at the helm and source material that’s been approved by literary critics, Ronan has a good shot at making this YA adaptation a pleasantly memorable one. Unfortunately, the film doesn’t have a U.S. release date yet, but U.K. audiences will be able to catch it in theaters in October.

What do you think? Does this doomsday thriller grab your attention?

[via /Film]