As promised last week, today I'll be sharing a Top Ten Tuesday-inspired list of standalone books that I would love to see sequels to!
1) The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer. This brilliant YA sci-fi follows an orphan who joins a group of kids who can see, and therefore fight, deadly parasitic creatures. It's really well-done, and I've long been confused about why it's a standalone and not a series.
2) Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst. This diverse YA fantasy tells the story of a desert girl who is abandoned by her tribe after she fails to become the vessel for a goddess, but who then discovers that five of the gods are missing and need her help. As with The Supernaturalist, I think this one would make a wonderful series.
3) Soundless by Richelle Mead. Though it's not terribly popular, I found this YA fantasy based in Chinese folklore to be fascinating, original, and beautiful. It's about a girl who lives in an isolated mountain town where there is no sound. When her people start going blind and supplies stop coming, she goes on a journey to save them. I enjoyed it, and I think this story deserves a sequel.
4) Breaker by Kat Ellis. This YA thriller about the son of a serial killer and the sister of one of the killer's victims teaming up to stop a copycat killer makes an impact with its unique characters, scary moments, and great twist. It has a lot of potential for a sequel, and I'd love to read that.
5) Avalon High by Meg Cabot. This is my favorite of the many Meg Cabot books I've read, a YA fantasy that retells the King Arthur legend in a modern-day high school. It's clever and cute, with a great cast of characters, and the end reveal of who the main character is left me longing for more. I'm into it!
6) Sadie by Courtney Summers. Though this YA contemporary stands very well on its own, I think it could support a sequel. The book follows a podcast crew searching for a girl who disappeared after her little sister's death. In a sequel, we could follow a new season of the podcast, with a new mystery, but perhaps also little tiebacks to the first story, which is still somewhat unresolved. Honestly, I love the podcast format! And I think there are plenty more harrowing American issues that Summers could take on.
And that's the list! Shorter than usual for me, I know--I suppose authors do a pretty good job at making their stories complete. What books do you want a sequel to? Tell me in the comments, and I'll be back next week with some post-Camp NaNoWriMo thoughts.
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