This week’s prompt is: standalone books that need a sequel. I am of the opinion that standalone books live in a golden beautiful zone of their own, and often a sequel feels unnecessary. Also, as I read a lot of fantasy and sci-fi, standalones are a rarity in these genres. So this week was a toughie for me and I’ve included books I’d like set in the same world as well as sequels. Enjoy!
Pandemonium – Chris Wooding
A graphic novel fantasy retelling of the Prince and the Pauper, this one actually was intended to have a sequel that never materialised. This graphic novel sets the scene but we never get to see the story play out fully. Please can we have the next instalment?
The Supernaturalist – Eoin Colfer
It’s been a while since I’ve read this and but IIRC, the Supernaturalists continue on with their work. Dystopian world, satellite cities and fighting supernatural creatures? Sounds like an excellent formula for a sequel or a series of short stories.
The House on Mango Street – Sandra Cisneros
A semi-autobiographical look on the author’s childhood growing up Latina in America, this is so beautifully written. If I could read more about Cisneros’ life in the same wonderful vignette style that this book has, I would.
The Queen’s Nose – Dick King-Smith
This is a classic childhood book that follows Harmony as she finds a magical 50p which grants wishes when you rub the Queen’s nose on it. Much like the BBC adaptation, we could follow the wish-fulfilling 50p to its new owners and continue the adventures.
The Princess Bride – William Golding
This book is a classic for a reason; it’s funny, full of adventure and has great characters. Not one that needs a sequel (and kinda has one in the short story ‘Buttercup’s baby’) but I wouldn’t say no to more stories based in Guilder and Florin!
Poison – Chris Wooding
Poison is a twisted fairy tale which follows the eponymous 16-year-old Poison as she travels through different realms to save her sister from the Phaeries. Poison’s story as a MC is perfect. A sequel or a spin-off could however focus on other characters in this world and what happens when the Heirophant starts writing again.
Storm Thief – Chris Wooding
Set in a dystopian world where chaos energy sweeps the city and changes random things from stealing your lungs to changing the colour of your eyeshadow. This book had a beautiful open ending but I wouldn’t say no to a sequel if it could match the cleverness of this one.
Rebecca’s World – Terry Nation
Rebecca travels to another planet, makes new friends and casually saves the day before ending up back home on Earth. But what’s to say she didn’t have more adventures? Totally within the realm of possibility. (Also, if I regularly feature Rebecca’s World on my lists do you think it’ll re-enter the cultural zeitgeist and come back into print?)
Peter Pan – J. M. Barrie
For this book, scrap the idea of Peter meeting new children and bringing them to Neverland. What was Neverland like before Peter showed up? Tell me about those adventures, show me how he became a leader, tell me a sensitive story relating to the Native Americans, let’s focus a bit more on the mermaids. (Okay I know I’ve just described a prequel, but this prompt was really hard…)
Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
Although my first instinct was to include this book, it’s dropped lower and lower on th list because I’m not quite sure what kind of sequel would work. But I’m sure there’s potential for something…somewhere.