Let’s talk about sequels. Are they better than the original? Or do sequels/subsequent books start to lose something?
There have been quite a few series I’ve read where the first book is excellent while the sequels just flop (case in point: Matched, The Testing, Delirium). Then there are other books where the sequel and subsequent books get better and better (Harry Potter, Soul Screamers) or the sequel is way better than the original (If I Stay – sequel Where She Went) . Most are hit or miss though.
I’ve been trying to think of sequels that I liked better, and I’ve only thought of a few. Lola and the Boy Next Door for sure (love Cricket Bell!). Good for You (the third book in the Between the Line series) was the best out of the series. I did think Where She Went was better than the original. And the Harry Potter books really improved as the series went on. But mostly, I think I love the original book so much and then the sequel, or the rest of the series is always a disappointment. The first book of the series is usually genuinely intriguing. But then the follow-up books fail to stir those same feelings in me. I think it all depends on the author and the characters. Do the characters grow? Does the plot have somewhere to go past the first book? Sequels need to have a purpose. And I think that lately, a lot of sequels do not.