When it comes to writing the perfect book series then it seems 3 really is the magic number. There’s something magical about a well-written trilogy that just defies logic and reason. The books become almost more powerful than the sum of their parts and you lose yourself completely in the world they’ve created.
In this article, we’re going to look at a few of the most addictive and engaging trilogies that I have read in the past year and why you should add them to your bookshelf too.
Catching A Miracle by Mark Spinicelli
Whilst other authors work with fantasy, science fiction, or simply create entirely new worlds Spinicelli tells a story that hits awfully close to home because it could be happening behind the scenes even as I type this book review. In a gripping tale of conspiracy, human spirit, and the quest for the cure for cancer, over the course of the books, we watch a fight that would break most anyone down, but not the protagonist a doctor who refuses to quit until she has lifted herself and the world up with her. For more information, click here.
The MaddAddam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood
Science fiction isn’t often nominated for the Mann Booker Prize but as with all things Atwood she exists outside of the typical genre and conventional rules. In a world made up almost entirely of synthetic beings we follow Snowman the minority human being as he relives and recalls how this came to be. It’s a wickedly clever story that explores the themes and characters with true grit and attention to detail. As with all good reads, you feel enriched having read it.
Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff Vandermeer
In this trilogy, we start off following four unnamed women titled by their professions as they are sent to investigate Area X. Each of them has connections to previous expeditions and explorations of the area and we learn more as we learn about them over the course of the three books. Each book is starkly different in tone, style, and direction from the last and the series makes a huge impact on the reader. An unforgettable read and certainly worthy of mention on this list.
The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
At the time of writing, this is still unfortunately not quite a trilogy but the third book is due out very soon, and to no small amount of anticipation. The first two books in the series have been met with both critical and commercial success, and the series already has a TV show and film in the works too. There’s no better time to dive into the world retold by protagonist, adventurer, and musician Kvothe as he regales his The Chronicler with his story. At least you won’t have the agonizing wait and anticipation that other fans have had to endure with the last book in the series being released in 2011.