Trend for 2014: Concluding YA Trilogies
Trilogies have been an undeniable trend in YA literature recently. This topic has been addressed here on The Hub before, both with enthusiasm (Good Books Come in Threes) and frustration (Too Many Trilogies). This past year saw the conclusion of a number of trilogies including the Divergent (Veronica Roth), Legend (Marie Lu), and Chemical Garden (Lauren DeStefano) series. A look at upcoming releases shows that many more trilogies will be wrapping up in 2014.
I have compiled a list of eight trilogies with finales scheduled for release in 2014. I am also throwing in two bonus conclusions that are not quite trilogies, but I think they are related enough to warrant mention.
- Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3) by Veronica Rossi – January 28, 2014
- Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi – February 4, 2014
- The Shadow Throne (The Ascendance Trilogy #3) by Jennifer A. Nielsen – February 25, 2014
- Ruins (Partials Sequence #3) by Dan Wells – March 11, 2014
- Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bones #3) by Laini Taylor – April 8, 2014
- The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass – May 6, 2014
- Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3) by Leigh Bardugo – June 3, 2014
- The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3) by Michelle Hodkin – June 19, 2014
- Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3) by Stephanie Perkins – 2014
- Isla is the third book in a set of companion novels. While not a true trilogy since each novel is a stand alone, I feel like this one will conclude the universe that Perkins has created for her characters. Isla is scheduled for a 2014 release, but the specific date is to be determined.
- City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare – May 27, 2014
- This series is concluding with book six, but was originally supposed to be a trilogy. I tend to think of the books as two sets of trilogies rather than a series of six, anyway, so it feels right to include it.
With so many trilogies concluding, is this a signal that the trend is on the decline or simply just an indication that we should be prepared for a new generation of trilogies? There are, of course, new series starting up to fill the void, including The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (Current Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Nominee), Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano (Current Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominee), and These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, all of which are first books in trilogies that were released in 2013. But are there as many books ones right now as there are book threes coming out next year?