Top 10 Standalone Books that Need a Sequel

This week’s prompt (thanks to That Artsy Reader Girl) was a more difficult one for me – I always love reading series because of the joy of living in a universe for book after book, but I also have a lot of respect for a great stand-alone book that can wrap up a plot in 300 or so pages. Many of these books did a great job of wrapping up the plot, but I still wish they had a sequel, either because there is still a lot of world to explore or because I just loved them so much that I want to return.

The Orphan of Salt Winds by Elizabeth Brooks

I owe you all a review on this book – but let me just say that the setting was perfectly dismal and the characters were all stunningly complex, and I know that this is going to be a frequent re-read for me. There were a number of “endings” that were left open in this book, and I’d love to see the author go back and revisit some of them.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

I just recently finished this one, and loved it! I am so glad they are making a movie, and that probably will help with my longing for a sequel, but the characters in Bernadette were quick-witted and funny but still complex and interesting, and that is a difficult line to walk. There was some excellent character development, but I still think here’s more to come from Bernadette.

Border Child by Michel Stone

This book was a good but hard read – if you haven’t read it already, you definitely should, especially in this time. It’s about a young woman who, while trying to illegally cross the border between Mexico and the United States, has her child taken from her. Years later, she and her husband may have found the trail and try to track down that child. This book had an ending, and it was certainly realistic but I just want to see more. I need a little light in these times.

Alice Isn’t Dead by Joseph Fink

I loved this book so much because it was so fresh. I loved the magic of the world, and the dynamic characters, and how incredibly realistic the politics of the world managed to be. The ending was solid enough, but I’d love to return to this world maybe a generation or two later.

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

This book hit me so hard I still can barely talk about it (see Future Home of the Living God), but I think it really could use a follow-up. Without getting into too many spoilers, let me just say that the ending felt pretty dark, and I’d love to see it continue with a little more of a resolution this time.

Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace

There was so much to this book that felt incomplete. First and foremost, the world-building was incredibly complex but we barely saw any of it, and I would love to live in this world a little more. The main character, too, just didn’t have enough resolution for me. The internet seems to suggest that I am not alone in this sentiment.

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

This book definitely felt complete enough, but I loved the house so much that I want to go back! I would love to see the author put another family in the house (perhaps a prequel rather than a sequel?) or give us a little more knowledge of how it came to be.

Transall Saga by Gary Paulsen

This is an old favorite of mine from my own childhood, and I have read it easily twenty times. The world-building is seriously incredible and is undoubtedly the reason for my wish for a sequel – I just want to see more from that world.

Heart’s Blood by Julie Marillier

My wish for a sequel to Heart’s Blood is definitely all about the world-building. This is a fantastic re-telling of Beauty and the Beast, and it was done quite well – the main character is clever and talented, and the beast has some interesting challenges rather than just being ugly. The magic was interesting, and the resolution was great. I’d love to revisit this, to see what the future holds for these characters.

On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

I can’t help but feel like maybe this one is actually meant to have a sequel (though there isn’t any indication of that online). The main character is autistic and is portrayed quite well as such, and she is dealing with her challenges in the middle of the end of the world, after an asteroid hit. I don’t want to spoil the ending, but there’s quite a bit left open, and I want to see what happens next!

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