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Sci-fi and fantasy fans will thrill to these engrossing sequels. The books are sure to satisfy readers’ expectations and leave them eager for more.

Beth Revis A Million Suns coverIn A Million Suns, the sequel to Beth Revis’s Across the Universe, Sol-Earth–born Amy is struggling with the claustrophobic life aboard the Godspeed after being prematurely awakened from her frozen sleep. The workers are getting rebellious, and the threat of violence onboard ship increases. The moral quandaries presented in shipboard life seem a natural extension of the concerns raised in the first book, and Revis adds a cliffhanger ending to heighten interest in the forthcoming conclusion to the trilogy. (12 years and up)

Kristin Cashore Bitterblue coverKristin Cashore’s Bitterblue serves as a Graceling sequel and Fire companion. The story picks up eight years after Bitterblue, now eighteen, became queen of Monsea. She feels disconnected from her country and people, but friendship with two city thieves allows her to uncover a dangerous web of secrets. Cashore’s sophisticated prose propels the plot, and the believable struggles and maturation of Bitterblue’s character make the complex journey worthwhile. (14 years and up)

Melina Marchetta Froi of the Exiles coverFroi of the Exiles is the second book in Melina Marchetta’s Lumatere Chronicles. Former street thug Froi, a secondary character in Finnikin of the Rock, is now, three years later, a devoted follower of Queen Isaboe of Lumatere and her consort Finnikin. But as the story progresses, his role shifts from loyal subject to unwilling spy, assassin, and major figure in the fortunes of his crumbling world. The tortured romances, continually surprising plot, and flashes of humor will keep readers fully engaged in this gripping story. (14 years and up)

Lauren Oliver Pandemonium coverImagine an America in which love is a deadly disease to be eradicated. This is the setting for Lauren Oliver’s Delirium and its new sequel, Pandemonium. Lena’s former self is dead, buried in the fire and ashes that took her beloved Alex during their botched escape attempt from Deliria-Free America. Now chaos reigns as Lena begins a new life in the Wilds, becoming swept up in the war between DFA and the growing resistance. This is an action-packed, suspenseful page-turner with a rewarding and dramatic cliffhanger ending. (14 years and up)

Cynthia K. Ritter About Cynthia K. Ritter

Cynthia K. Ritter is associate editor of The Horn Book Guide. She earned a master's degree in children's literature from Simmons College.

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