Discussion: My Trouble with YA Trilogies

Posted December 13th, 2014 by in Discussions / 6 comments


Here’s the situation: You pick up the first book because every book blogger seems to be losing their minds over how fantabu-freaking-tastic it is. If you’re like me, you go to the library so you’re not out any money. If it’s not your cuppa. Once you’re at home and you’ve cracked the spine the pages start flying. Before you know it the book is done. You’re glassy-eyed, and while it was a helluva ride, you have a ton of questions. Questions you know the second book is going to cover.

But wait….the second book hasn’t been published yet. In fact, you’ve got six months to a year to wait until the second one is published. This time you’re a little wiser, no waiting on the library hold list for you. No, this time the second book is pre-ordered and ready to go. When it gets to your hot little hands, it is devoured. There is no savoring when you need answers and it’s already been months! A few questions may have been answered but now there are so many more. They are writhing in a coiled mass just waiting for book three to untangle them.

And before long (well after a torturous wait of several months or a year or more) the final installment is here! Finally the characters that you have come to love and those you have come to love to hate will have resolution. There will be answers! This is the last book and surely everything will be tied up nicely.

Except that it’s not. Instead you’re served up easy resolutions that don’t match the rest of the trilogy you’ve read, endings that create more of a sensational splash but don’t hold up once probed more deeply, and sometimes you end up with more questions or more important questions than what you started with. Please tell me I’m not alone! Here are some examples of what I’m talking about:

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

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Endless by Kate Brian

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Allegiant by Veronica Roth

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I certainly don’t feel like this is the authors’ fault. Nor do I feel that the author should be ridiculed. I firmly believe reading is an intensely personal thing and one author will not be able to please his/her entire audience. I’m sure my problem stems from my love of adult romance. I like my endings happy and solid. I won’t stop reading these trilogies that cause me so much grief either. I really enjoy those first two books. Plus I’m afraid I’ll miss out on some great books!

How do you feel about YA trilogies?



6 Responses to “Discussion: My Trouble with YA Trilogies”

  1. Charlotte @ Books and Baby etc.

    I have a love/hate relationship with YA trilogies. I tend to put off reading them until I can marathon the whole thing because then the wait doesn’t cause me to have unrealistically high and ridiculous expectations of the finale. I am still quite often disappointed though. I really disliked Mockingjay. It just wasn’t what I wanted AT ALL. Sigh. I still haven’t read Dreams of Gods and Monsters because the first two books are PERFECT and I am so scared to see how it ends.

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    • Stephanie

      I know what you mean! I’m thinking I’m going to have to start waiting until they’re all published too. The wait makes me think it’s going to be so fantastic! Maybe it’ll keep me in check. 🙂

  2. Sara L.

    The only YA trilogy I’ve read to date is The Hunger Games. (I’ve read a lot of adult fantasy series and am just now catching up with YA series.) I don’t really mind them, but the question I always ask is, “Why? Is there a reason for continuing this series after the first book?” If I don’t get a good answer in Book #2, then I get annoyed as a reader.

    Like you, I was disappointed with Mockingjay. Seeing Part 1 the film a few weeks ago reminded me why: It’s not a satisfying story. Without going into spoilers, I sort of understand why Collins ended it the way she did – and then again, I don’t. I’ve been reading the Divergent trilogy too, but haven’t gotten to Allegiant yet. I know what happens, but I want to at least read it for myself before making any judgments about it.

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    • Stephanie

      It took me awhile to come to grasps with Mockingjay and I think I’m okay with where I’m at now. I know why Collins did it and I can understand it too. I think it’s one of those “absence makes the heart grow fonder” things. I plan on re-reading the series in 2015.

  3. Leigh @ Little Book Star

    I just finished reading Mockingjay and it was such a sad ending :'(. I wish it ended in another way because all the characters are broken on the inside because of all the tragedy that happened to them. Katniss and Peeta has changed so much, and I’m glad everyone did not get their happy ending (I know that sounds bad) because it would be unrealistic if everyone did.

    • Stephanie

      I think with time you might feel better about it. 🙂 It took me a little bit to find peace with it. It was a sad ending. My husband just finished it in September and he wasn’t very pleased with it either. he felt like he read all those books for no reason. I think he’ll come to terms with it too someday.

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