Live footage of the book community after the Hunger Games announcement
Seriously, the booknerd community around the world was totally rocked by this announcement and for good reason: book sequels and prequels can totally change the game. And, you’re either going to love the way book prequels and sequels change the game, or you’re going to totally hate them. It’s a 50/50 chance, and you know what? I like the danger of it all.
So, in the spirit of running a little on the wild side, here are my some of my favorite book sequels (plus audiobook clips because you know that's how I roll):
As the sequel for The Evaporation of Sofi Snow, Reclaiming Shilo Snow had its work cut out to follow The Evaporation of Sofi Snow, which was a thrill ride of a novel that had the vibes of Ender’s Game, The Hunger Games, and Sydney Bristow girl power. Awesome, right? And Reclaiming Shilo Snow loses none of the momentum from the first book and even dives deeper into the dark underbelly of the world that author Mary Weber has created. It is, dare I say, the perfect end to an amazing story? I dare say it. I. Dare.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn precedes another classic Twain novel, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. But while Tom Sawyer renders the carefree and mischievous days of childhood perfectly, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn flips the script, showing a beautiful coming of age story that doesn’t worry about toeing the dark and bittersweet parts of growing up. Also, it has one of my favorite scenes in all literature of all time (hint: it’s the part where Huck decides he is going to thumb society and protect his friend Jim and if you’ve never actually read it, go read it right now and keep your Kleenexes close). It’s my favorite Twain novel, and that's saying a lot, because Twain is one of my favorites.
If you like the heart-pumping intrigue of the first book in Terri Blackstock’s If I Run series, then book two will not disappoint. The action doesn’t stop, and by the end of this, you may be holding your breath. Just remember, take a big lungful of air and proceed with book three (which is oh-so-good as well).
This is book two of the Lavender Tides series by the prolific Colleen Coble and it’s beautiful on so many levels. It’s got it all: mystery, action, a dash of romance, a perfect setting… basically, name it and The House at Saltwater Point has got you. Plus, I’m shallow and think the cover is pretty, so that gives it subconscious plus points in my head.
I’m sure at least one feather ruffles by saying this, but it must be said: I’m worried about Susan Pevensie. Queen Susan will always have a place in my heart, and the fact that she’s not with the rest of the Pevensies in Narnia at the end of The Last Battle just troubles me. I need the redemption arc of Susan Pevensie. I want it. I need it. I need her back with her family. I know, it will never officially happen, but someone give me a head canon for this, please.
Just sitting here, not worried about Susan Pevensie, not worried at allllllllll 😬😬😬
And you? What book sequels do you think did the original justice? Which book sequels were game-changers... in a bad way? Let us know in the comments below!
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