As someone very into contemporary stories, a lot of what I read pans out to be a standalone. I have a lot of pent up misery over not getting more from characters, so here’s my list of standalones that NEED a sequel within the next ten years.
Solitaire by Alice Oseman
This is my all time favourite contemporary, and probably in my top five books of all time. Even though Heartstopper is kind of like a sequel, I miss Tori and Michael so much, and I would just love to return to them to find out how they live several years after the events of Solitaire. Did Tori go Uni? How did Michael enjoy the Olympics? Are they living together? I would read a whole book of just them being domestic, going out shopping and visiting their families and watching things together.
In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan
A very recent read, and I’m surprised at how much more I would love. Literally a little novella of just Elliot and Luke would be fine with me. Maybe them going on a double date with Serene and her boyfriend?
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Again, even just a novella would be cool for this one. Preferably two: one where Molly calls out Cassie for being a massive bitch and Cassie gets held accountable for her reactions, and another of just Molly and Reid being adorable and cuddling.
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
This is a very strange pick, I’ll admit, but boy I miss Eleanor! I just want the ending of Hill House to not have happened and for her and Theo to move in together, adopt some cats and be the lesbians we all know they are. Okay?
A Pest Most Fiendish by Caighlan Smith
A Pest Most Fiendish is a short story/novella that’s like a strange mix of supernatural, steampunk and fantasy, and it’s amazing. I love these characters and the world, as they are paranormal investigators, and I think it would be amazing to actually see a full length novel ‘sequel’, maybe even a series! Alas, the author hasn’t released anything to do with carrying this story on.
Lazaretto by Clay McLeod Chapman
You can’t just introduce a flesh eating virus to a college campus and not expect me to beg for a sequel with more on 1, the characters, and 2, the fact that there’s a flesh eating virus in the world! SICK.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
This sounds weird but like…. I specifically want a sequel with Wybie from the movie included, and I’d really love for it to be a sequel to the graphic novel. It could be them just chilling out, drinking lemonade, Wybie being awkward and meeting her friends. It would be perfect.
Hurt by Tabitha Suzuma
I read this in 2013, so six years ago, but genuinely…. is Matheo okay? I hope so. A sequel of all these characters in therapy and recovering would be stellar, thanks, Tabitha Suzuma.
The Young Avengers Omnibus by Kieron Gillen
CHEATING. Give me a second omnibus you cowards! I want more kid Loki to make me cry!
The Fallen Children by David Owen
David Owen left this book on such a note that I just need a sequel. The characters are all so great, and I feel there could be so much more to explore with the world and the whole alien life thing, seeing how the kids grow older and whatnot. I’d just love more from this world!
And that’s my ten! Are there any standalones you’d like to see have sequels, some time in the future?
Thank you for reading!