10 YA Series That Prove the First Book is Always the Best
When you spend almost every waking moment of your free time reading books, you tend to notice certain things. Like how these books can instantly change your mood or how easily they can give you paper cuts. But you know what we’ve recently discovered? The first books in YA series are always the best ones, whether it’s a spin-off of a classic fairy tale, a romance or an action-packed fantasy.
We know it’s a pretty bold statement to make, but for us, getting through the first book is kind of like getting a feel of the foundation. We just love to experience it all from scratch and familiarize ourselves with all the characters. But most importantly, we feel like the first book is usually the strongest in terms of the quality and, in many cases, the plot. This isn’t to say that all sequels are bad, because a few of them manage to live up to or even surpass the first book. However, a lot of them feel a bit watered down, rushed or just downright confusing.
Don’t believe us? Well, check out these ten popular YA series that prove the first book is always the best one. (FYI, there are a few spoilers in here, so if you haven’t read some of these books, you might want to skip over those!)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Maybe we're biased, but words can't describe how much we love this series. It has a thrilling plot, a fearless heroine, amazing supporting characters, romance... the list goes on.
But if we had to choose the one book that stuck with us the most, we would choose the first. Why? Well, not because we think the others are awful, but because that particular book was the best written and it felt more personal. Sure, it wasn't as exciting or as action-packed, but there was more focus on the main characters (especially Katniss). Another reason why it resonated more was because there was a lot more suspense (for instance, it wasn't immediately clear who Katniss' true allies and enemies were).
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