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Sequels I Probably Won’t Read

Some books are so good that you have to read the next one immediately. It doesn’t matter if you have 100 other books on your TBR list. You put them all aside and buy the sequel because you won’t be able to sleep at night if you don’t know what happens next.

These are not those books.

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Out of No Man’s Land (Sand #2) by Hugh Howey – Sand had an interesting storyline,  but the characters left me a tad disappointed. The story went back and forth between different points-of-view, which made it feel like there wasn’t enough character development.

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Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman – There was very little that I liked about Scythe.  Everything/everyone was boring and it felt like another stereotypical YA dystopian novel.

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The Magician King (The Magicians #2) by Lev Grossman – Despite how much I disliked The Magicians I contemplated reading the second book. Several people have insisted that the story gets more exciting, but judging by what I’ve seen of the television version, they’re lying to me.

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Age of Swords (The Legends of the First Empire #2) by Michael J. Sullivan – I am not dead set against reading the next book. I enjoyed Age of Myth, but I don’t know if I liked it enough that I really care to read the rest of the series.

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The Masked City (The Invisible Library #2) by Genevieve Cogman – The Invisible Library had a pretty cool premise, but there was very little background detail. It kinda felt like you were just dropped into the middle of a story, so things were confusing at times. I’ve heard that the sequel is similar, so I’ll probably pass on this one.

Do you keep reading a series if  you didn’t like the first book?

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3 thoughts on “Sequels I Probably Won’t Read

  1. I read the first 4 books of “The Wheel of Time” by Robert Jordan. Got about half through #5 (there are 17 in the series) and absolutely hated it. There was only one character I cared about, and the plots just seemed to be the same thing, just happening in different order. Not picking them up again. And of course, Amazon keeps recommending them to me…

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  2. I haven’t read any of these…but I don’t plan on reading The Magicians series. I tried to watch the show and didn’t enjoy it. Anyway, I usually have to really love a series to finish it. However, if there’s something intriguing about the plot, I may continue a series even if I didn’t like the first book. For example, I did not like the Gunslinger, but I plan on continuing with the Dark Tower series because the premise is interesting and I love Stephen King.

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