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5 Books That Deserve A Sequel

There are some books out there that are just so damn good we cannot get enough. Literally. As readers we are often spoiled with sequels left and right (particularly in the young adult genre). Yet, when we know that an author has established that a story is over and no sequels are in sight, we feel disappointed, confused, angry, baffled…you get the picture.


Whether it’s because we wanted the answers to a mystery that we spent 400 pages awaiting, but never received (I’m looking at you, Tim O’Brien), or simply cannot abandon a character we feel inherently close to, here are some of the books we WISH had a sequel…or two.


1. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins


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“The Hunger Games” is one of the most ground-breaking young adult novels to reach shelves. It challenged political and social norms through its portrayal of a fierce and independent woman who persevered through societal pressures. Though the trilogy went deep into conflicts, and, for the most part, wrapped up the central problems, this is one series that would have benefitted from one more book.


Why it needs a sequel…


I think I represent many fans when I say that  Katniss and Gale, her childhood friend who created a new level of romantic angst, should have ended up together (spawn protests from Peeta supporters). Don’t get me wrong, the common experience that Katniss and Peeta shared brought an intimacy to their relationship that couldn’t exist between Katniss and Gale. However, the ending which saw Katniss and Peeta settled down together, with a child in tow, seems a little too…unsatisfying.


Given everything that they endured, did they really live happily ever after? And, on top of that, did the Hunger Games really cease to exist in the years to come? There is so much more to this story that readers would love to see. It’s been 7 years since the last book in the trilogy was released. And yet, the angst and unanswered/unbeliebavle resolutions puts “The Hunger Games” trilogy on the list of books that deserve a sequel.


2. “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn


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This suspense novel filled with shocking twists and puzzling turns captivated readers. The plot follows the disappearance of Amy Dunne and the subsequent persecution of husband Nick Dunne. While Nick struggles to clear his charges and public image, readers are baffled to be met with the point-of-view of a very-much-alive Amy. The duo’s unreliable nature and questionable motives provide a truly breathtaking ride.


Why it needs a sequel…


While the two main conflicts of the plot are resolved by the end of the story (we do find out what happened to Amy and who was involved), we’re still incredibly puzzled! It’s not so much that there are gaps left unexplored, it’s more so that the ending is so insane that we are dying to find out what happened next.


In the end, Nick and Amy are still married (though not necessarily by choice), leaving us wondering: how long will these crazy partners-in-crime last? It’s hard to believe that after everything (I mean everything) they still find themselves married. Will they find a weird-yet-romantic happily ever after? Will their contempt for one another eventually lead to a murder…or two? We need answers, Flynn!


3. “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen


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Jane Austen’s novel can undoubtedly turn any cynic into a complete romantic! “Pride and Prejudice” can be both enjoyed by feminists and old-fashioned hopeless romantics. The novel which led to countless adaptations (the 2005 film is the best, by the way) is a classic and timeless read that any generation can enjoy. The plot follows Elizabeth Bennet who lives in a society that pressures young women to marry, ultimately measuring them by their lineage, values, education, and more. As she endures such pressure and witnesses how the pressure affects the women around her, she is forced to challenge her notions about love, gender, and wealth when she becomes acquainted with the brooding Mr. Darcy.


Why it needs a sequel…


While the ending ties up the major conflicts (i.e. romantic pairings), it appears a little too perfect. Before you start yelling at me, let me explain! Austen gives us everything we want with the ending. However, based on the personalities of main characters Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, it’s a little difficult to picture life for the couple after the final pages of the book.


Yes, I know that it’s just a story but it’s stuck with me. Elizabeth won readers over through her independent nature and defiance against sexist and restrictive cultural norms. While it’s incredible that she found love with Mr. Darcy, especially without oppressing her independent identity, I can’t help but question what their marriage would look like. Would Lizzie just conform to expected domestic roles? Would she have children and raise them with the appreciation of gender equality? Imagining their marriage, and, in particular, the development of her character really makes us wish we could see it on page. 


4. “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood

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If you binge-watched the Hulu series as I have, you’ve seen the incredible yet frightening story that “The Handmaid’s Tale” depicts. In the original novel, Atwood paints a startling representation of gender, equality, religion, and more when she invites readers to see how all these elements can imprison members of society, in particular women.


Why it needs a sequel…


This read is hard to put down, captivating readers in every word on every page. Readers cannot stop themselves from devouring every word until…the plot abruptly stops. The ending of “The Handmaid’s Tale” does not offer fans a resolution, rather a huge cliffhanger that makes us yell obscenities, cry (maybe both at the same time), and scratch our heads in confusion.


Similar to the TV series, the book abruptly ends right as Offred, the narrator, enters a large black van driven by armed guards whose intentions are not entirely clear. Though another character reassures Offred that the van will lead her to safety, his sketchy characterization throughout the text makes her, and us, question the accuracy of his words. Furthermore, she is never reunited with her husband, leaving readers both saddened and left wondering if he managed to find safety or otherwise. Come on, Atwood! Though it’s been just, you know, 32 years since the books release, there is still time to give us some answers in a new sequel!


5. “Gone With the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell


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Though some (very unfortunate) modern readers may have no idea what “Gone with the Wind” is, or the fact that its film adaptation is one of the hallmark American films, Mitchell’s novel is one of the best American novels ever written. Set during the Civil War Period, and subsequent Reconstruction Era, the story follows aristocrat Scarlett O’Hara as she deals with the loss of her home, identity, and loved ones. Readers follow O’Hara as she picks up the pieces of her life and tries to save her home, Tara, while dealing with the many men in her life (including literary hunk Rhett Butler). 


Why it needs a sequel…


“Gone With the Wind,” which is told over the course of 1,000+ pages, really digs into the story and the character development of O’Hara, Butler, and many other characters. We see the ups and downs of relationships and political conflicts, and find many resolutions toward the end of the novel. The relationship between O’Hara and Butler suffer a lot of strain in the end, and the ending sees him walking out on her, ignoring her plees, and making the infamous statement, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” Ouch.


Stubbornly optimistic, O’Hara vows to win Rhett back. Though her famous words, “After all, tomorrow is another day,” give readers a warm fuzzy feeling, we wish we knew if she was successful. Did she win him back? Did he feel guilty and return? We need to know! While the book technically already has a sequel (Alexandra Ripley published Scarlett in 1991, following Mitchell’s death), it isn’t an extension of Mitchell’s incredible literary mind. Ripley’s sequel was written through her vision which could have differed drastically from Mitchell’s. 


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