5 Books That Demand A Sequel
Created By: Pubslush
We all know that there are books out there that leave us wanting more. Sure, part of that could be that the book is so good we’re just sad we finished it, but sometimes it’s because we’re left feeling unsatisfied. The most frustrating thing is turning the page and realizing it’s the last one. You know that moment where you find yourself thinking “there’s no way they’re going to wrap it up in these last paragraphs!” or “wait, wait, there’s more right?” or some other version that might include expletives I can’t use here. These all express the same thing though, you want more, you feel gypped, and you can’t believe the author is going to leave you hanging like…
Gone Girl follows the disappearance of Amy as well as her husband, Nick, who ultimately becomes the lead suspect in the investigation. The novel is filled with plot twists that keeps you on your toes and then it abruptly ends, leaving you scratching your head, in a state of shock as to what just happened. I loved this book. I’m actually pretty sure it’s all I talked about for a while after I read it and with the movie coming out it’s yet again coming up in conversation recently. Here’s the problem though, the ending is just not great. It get’s to a point where you can almost tell that Gillian Flynn ran out of things to write about, but you have to love it because the other 95% of the book was just so amazing. There’s much more that could have been said and done with the ending, so here’s your chance Ms. Flynn, redeem yourself with a sequel!
The story follows the life of Drew Silver, a man who failed at most things in life, especially fatherhood and marriage. After being diagnosed with a terminal illness, Drew decides to take no action to get better, but rather sets out on a mission to make things right with everyone he’s wronged before he passes. This could have easily been a horribly depressing book, but in true Jonathan Tropper fashion, there is a humor found in these dark times of his life. One Last Thing Before I Go is an amazing story…until the end.
Tropper ends the novel in an open ended fashion, leaving the reader to speculate what happens to Drew. While I respect the reasoning behind the ending, as a reader it’s frustrating to not only have gone on a journey with this character, but to have become emotionally invested, only to be left hanging at the end. Drew Silver became such a lovable character that I demand to know what happens to him!
Sure this could be called cheating, since it is the last installment of The Hunger Games trilogy, but you read those books and tell me you’re satisfied with how it ends! The truth is that a lot of people probably are happy with how the trilogy ended, but not this reader. I devoured those books after I saw the first movie and after turning that last page, I still wasn’t quite ready to let go. It has nothing to do with the fact that there isn’t a happy ending for everyone, it’s the fact that there’s no complete ending.
After reading hundreds of pages of a story, I think we’re entitled to things being handed to us wrapped up neatly in a bow! Yes Collins gives us an ending we want, but what she doesn’t deliver is the ending that we need.
This fantasy novel centers on a magical traveling circus and revolves around all of the interesting people that work there. However, as with all magic, things are not as they appear, and the reader is soon swept up in the mystical world of the Night Circus.
Night Circus was a hit among readers world wide, so I think many will agree that the need for a sequel is purely a selfish one. This story demands a sequel simply because there’s so much potential for another amazing story. Realistically the book doesn’t have a bad ending. It didn’t leave me with a lot of questions, unsatisfied, or annoyed, but the author does such an amazing job at developing these characters that they need to be kept alive through another book!
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, let me catch you up on The Fault In Our Stars. A young girl diagnosed with a terminal illness meets the charming and romantic Augustus Waters while reluctantly attending the Cancer Kid Support Group. Their love story unfolds as illnesses progress and Hazel’s life is forever changed.
Ok, I’m going be honest here, I’m a glutton for punishment. This is probably one of the most heartbreaking books I’ve ever read and honestly I don’t think I’ve ever ugly cried while reading more than I did with this book. So why a sequel you ask? There’s a whole character that we’re just left to assume the ending to! Yes we all know what’s going to happen out of common sense, but I want to read it. I want John Green to spell out to me: this is what happens after the heart-wrenching story I gave you, just like Gayle Forman does in If I Stay. Is that too much to ask?!
The argument can be made that there aren’t enough standalone novels anymore. Every single book that comes out these days seems to be part of a trilogy. So yes, maybe it’s nice that these books are just stories that we get to live through for a few hundred pages and maybe I’m being greedy, but I want more!
There are definitely more books out there that demand sequels! What are some of yours?