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June 17, 2013

Teen Board: End of a Series

By Kate F.

The last novel of a beloved series is always one of the saddest books to read. You begin quickly, zooming through the pages. But as you reach the last page, you slowly realize that this is it. That series is over. Although all final books in the series are “final,” the author always gives you something to think about and explore after you've finished the book.

One of the most open-ended novels in 2013 was REQUIEM, the third and final book of the Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver. In this novel, the author chooses to not quite fully end the novel. In a way, I felt like the ending of this novel was almost like a cliffhanger, we never fully learn what happened. The way Lauren Oliver ended this novel has been slightly controversial since it’s release. I, however, thought this a good way for this trilogy to end. She left it for the reader to decide what happened, and in a way, this series can still live on.

CLOCKWORK PRINCESS was the highly anticipated third novel in The Infernal Devices series. Written by Cassandra Clare, this novel never fully ends either. Except, instead of not wrapping up the plot, Cassandra Clare decides to not wrap up the characters. Many people have heard of Cassandra Clare’s other series, The Mortal Instruments. In that series, the descendants of the characters in CLOCKWORK PRINCESS still live. You even hear references to events and people in The Infernal Devices.  Therefore, this series hasn’t quite ended yet either, leaving readers to devour this series as well.

One novel I am super excited to be released? ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth! Of course I know I am not the only one anticipating the third and final installment in the Divergent trilogy. I also know that I’m not the only one who’s slightly nervous for ALLEGIANT. Veronica Roth will no doubt do a great job in writing this novel, but I’ve grown very attached to all the characters in this trilogy, and am nervous as to what their future will entail. However, there’s no question about it. ALLEGIANT will be an epic must-read!

What is your favorite "final" book in a series? Which finale are you most looking foward to? Let us know!