Back in February I shared 6 Stand-alones That Are Better than Any Series for Single Awareness Day. And yes, it’s fun to read stand-alones, but isn’t it amazing to delve into a story and be able to live in it for multiple books? To see the characters grow and develop? Today I’m sharing the exact opposite: 6 series that are better than any stand-alone!
The Conqueror’s Saga by Kiersten White
This series isn’t finished yet, the last book will be released this summer, but I love it so much! It revolves around a gender-swapped Vlad the Impaler (and it’s deliciously stabby-stabby), touches on subjects like homophobia, Islamophobia and sexism, and it does it all in a whirlwind of a story!
No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwyla likes it that way.
Ever since she and her brother were abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman sultan’s courts, Lada has known that ruthlessness is the key to survival. For the lineage that makes her and her brother special also makes them targets.
Lada hones her skills as a warrior as she nurtures plans to wreak revenge on the empire that holds her captive. Then she and Radu meet the sultan’s son, Mehmed, and everything changes. Now Mehmed unwittingly stands between Lada and Radu as they transform from siblings to rivals, and the ties of love and loyalty that bind them together are stretched to breaking point.
Gone Series by Michael Grant
Looking for an epic series that will keep you at the edge of your seat with every book? Well here you go. Grant manages to make every book in this six-book series more disturbing and disgusting than the last, and you never know what he will come up with next.
In the blink of an eye, everyone in Perdido Beach, California, over the age of fourteen disappears. Gone too are phones, television, and the internet. As the kids struggle to survive in this new world, the world itself continues to evolve. A sinister creature lurks in a mine in the desert; animals are mutating; and some of the kids are developing dangerous supernatural powers that grow stronger by the day. A battle between good and evil is imminent, and for some of the kids, time is running out. On their fifteenth birthday, they disappear like everyone else.
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Meyer reinvents four fairytales and turns them into a sci-fi story that fits together like the pieces of a puzzle. I’m in total awe of how she put the plot together and could only love the series more with every new installment.
CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.
Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.
The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Is it even possible that you haven’t heard about this amazing series yet? Seriously? Another epic sci-fi series, made even more amazing by the fact that the writing style is about as experimental as you can get.
This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.
Vivian Apple by Katie Coyle
This duology will be the least-known series in this list, but it’s definitely one you should check out. It saved me from a massive reading slump years ago in such a way that I finished both books in two days where I had a lot of other things to do too. Original, mind-fucky and utterly amazing.
A chilling vision of a contemporary USA where the sinister Church of America is destroying lives. Our cynical protagonist, seventeen-year-old Vivian Apple, is awaiting the fated ‘Rapture’ - or rather the lack of it. Her evangelical parents have been in the Church’s thrall for too long, and she’s looking forward to getting them back. Except that when Vivian arrives home the day after the supposed ‘Rapture’, her parents are gone. All that is left are two holes in the ceiling…
Viv is determined to carry on as normal, but when she starts to suspect that her parents might still be alive, she realises she must uncover the truth. Joined by Peter, a boy claiming to know the real whereabouts of the Church, and Edie, a heavily pregnant Believer who has been ‘left behind’, they embark on a road trip across America. Encountering freak weather, roving ‘Believer’ gangs and a strange teenage group calling themselves the ‘New Orphans’, Viv soon begins to realise that the Rapture was just the beginning.
Penryn & the End of Days by Susan Ee
Originally self-published, this series took the world by storm and you can damn well believe the hype. Not an angel-coming-to-earth story as you expect it to be, it made my skin crawl, made me laugh so hard that I cried, and when I finished the final book I sat there hugging the book and crying over the sheer perfection of this series.
It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.
Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.
Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.
Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again
What do you think of the series that ended up on my list? Are there any series you’re missing and like to add? Let me know in the comments!