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Most Anticipated Books of 2016: Sequels and Follow-ups

FYA reveals their most anticipated YA sequel and follow-up releases for 2016.

Most Anticipated Books of 2016: Sequels and Follow-ups

Y'all, did the publishers conspire together to break our hearts in 2016? Because we've got a bunch of series enders in our near future -- incl. one that might irreparably wreck FYA HQ. (Good thing we'll also have tons of new standalones and series starters to take solace in.)

Without further ado, here are FYA HQ's most anticipated sequels and follow-ups of 2016! (Minor spoilers possibly ahead.)

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer (picked by Mandy C.)
Series: The Lunar Chronicles (short story collection)
Publication Date: 2 February 2016 

Why I'm Excited: When Winter was released last month, it was a bittersweet moment for fans of the Lunar Chronicles (like myself). On the one hand, it’s great when a cast of characters that you’ve come to know and love see resolutions (or, in some cases, happily ever afters). On the other, it’s sad to know that you’re never (assumedly) going to get to go on adventures when the characters again. Thankfully, Marissa Meyer obviously loves these characters as much as I do, and is releasing this compilation of various short Lunar Chronicles short stories—including five that have never been available anywhere else!

Morning Star by Pierce Brown (picked by Mandy C.)
Series: Red Rising, Book 3
Publication Date: 9 February 2016 

Why I'm Excited: The Red Rising series is filled with epic battles, both on other planets and in space, and some seriously intriguing characters. Pierce Brown continues to pull out all the stops for these books, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Blood Passage by Heather Demetrios (picked by Mandy W.)
Series: Dark Caravan Cycle, Book 2
Publication Date: 1 March 2016

Why I'm Excited: The original release date was pushed back due to a cover change for this series, so it's actually made my Most Anticipated list for a second time. Fortunately, my wish to read this will be finally granted soon!

Siren's Song by Mary Weber (picked by Mandy C.)
Series: Storm Siren, Book 3
Publication Date: 1 March 2016 

Why I'm Excited: I’ve been a fan of Nym and her struggle to overcome Draewulf since the opening pages of Storm Siren, and it’s been terrible having to wait to see how everything resolves. I think I can make it three more months. Maybe.

The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski (picked by Mandy W.)
Series: The Winner's Trilogy, Book 3
Publication Date: 29 March 2016 

Why I'm Excited: The fancy dress might be no more [Ed. note: er, never mind?], but here's hoping no one else will be joining it in the graveyard. LET THEM LIVE, MARIE! Or, y'know, continue crushing our hearts, since you do it so well. Which side will emerge victorious in the war for Herran? Will Kestrel and Arin defy the odds and end up together? Will I ever be ready to kiss this series goodbye? Let's find out on March 29th!

The Winner's Kiss is the second sequel to The Winner's Curse, the FYA Book Club pick for February 2015.

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (picked by Posh)
Series: The Raven Cycle, Book 4
Publication Date: 26 April 2016 

Why I'm Excited: I am, no joke, planning on taking a vacation day on 4/26 so I can say good-bye to Cabeswater in the privacy of my own home. (And so I can recover from the midnight release “tale gate” my book club will have in the book store parking lot.) Will Gansey survive? Will a certain couple finally get together? The only thing I know for sure is that I’ll be stuck with a raging case of TEABS when this incredible series finally comes to a close.

The Raven King is the third sequel to The Raven Boys, the FYA Book Club pick for March 2013.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (picked by Mandy C.)
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, Book 2
Publication Date: 3 May 2016 

Why I'm Excited: A Court of Thrones and Roses brought some serious swoon into my life, and introduced me to the deliciously tortured (but oh-so-delightful) fae, Tamlin. I’m hoping for more of the same in the second book.

Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins (picked by Mandy W.)
Series: Twelve Stories (short story collections)
Publication Date: 17 May 2016

Why I'm Excited: Once again, Stephanie Perkins has assembled an all-star team of YA authors to pen a seasonally themed short story collection! The only way I can properly express my delight is through a vaguely thematically appropriate song.

The Last Star by Rick Yancey (picked by Posh)
Series: The 5th Wave, Book 3
Publication Date: 24 May 2016 

Why I'm Excited: Just thinking about this book makes my heart race and my palms start to sweat because I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS but also I DON’T WANT IT TO BE OVER. Rick Yancey’s sci-fi series has been an epic thrill ride, and while there’s a very good chance that I’ll die from a heart attack before it’s over, I’m looking forward to this last adventure with Cassie and the gang.

The Last Star is the second sequel to The 5th Wave, the FYA Book Club pick for September 2013.

The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Peason (picked by Mandy C.)
Series: The Remnant Chronicles, Book 3
Publication Date: 2 August 2016 

Why I'm Excited: 2016 seems to be the year of resolution for a lot of my favorite series, and The Remnant Chronicles ranks high up on that list. I must know more about the world Mary E. Pearson has built for this series, and I’m dying to see how Lia’s going to get out of the situation she found herself in at the end of The Heart of Betrayal.

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir (picked by Jennie)
Series: An Ember in the Ashes, Book 2
Publication Date: 26 April 30 August 2016 

Why I'm Excited: Finally, we’re going to find out what happens after An Ember in the Ashes ended. Between A Torch Against the Night, The Winner’s Kiss, and The Raven King, I don’t know if my heart can take this spring’s offerings. How will Laia ever survive this brutal world? (Or will she? I can’t wait to find out.)

A Torch Against the Night is the sequel to An Ember in the Ashes, the FYA Book Club pick for March 2016.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (picked by Mandy C.)
Series: Six of Crows, Book 2
Publication Date: 22 September 2016 

Why I'm Excited: I couldn’t have been happier to revisit the world Leigh Bardugo created in The Grisha in Six of Crows, until I realized that Six of Crows was an even more entertaining series. I can’t wait to revisit the motley crew of Kaz, et al, and see what shenanigans they get up to next.

The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan (picked by Mandy W.)
Series: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 2
Publication Date: 4 October 2016 

Why I'm Excited: Based on how the first book leaves off, this sequel is shaping up to be quite the family affair. Plus, after years of Marvel providing my sole pop culture frame of reference for Thor, I can't wait to read more of Rick Riordan's TV-obsessed version and his trusty Mjölnir (not a euphemism). 

Untitled by Claudia Gray (picked by Mandy C.)
Series: Firebird, Book 3
Publication Date: 2016 

Why I'm Excited: Claudia Gray’s science fiction series is filled with a surprising amount of romance on top of the mystery and intrigue that comes with cross-dimensional conspiracies. And shizz went down in the last book, so I’m really looking forward to how it all pans out.

Untitled by Marie Lu (picked by Mandy W.)
Series: The Young Elites, Book 3
Publication Date: 2016 

Why I'm Excited: OH, MAN. Kenettra has a new ruler, but this cannot end well, right? Still, I'll remain forever -- and perhaps naively -- hopeful that there's light at the end of this dark, dark tunnel. To repeat myself from earlier in this post: LET THEM LIVE, MARIE! (... maybe.)

Untitled by Sarah J. Maas (picked by Mandy C.)
Series: Throne of Glass, Book 5
Publication Date: 2016 

Why I'm Excited: I promise that I will review the first four books in this series before No. 5 comes out. Oh, darn, it looks like I’ll have to devote a ton of time to reading about Celaena, Dorien, and Chaol again. What a hard life I lead.

This is the fourth sequel to Throne of Glass, the FYA Book Club pick for May 2016.

So which sequels and follow-ups are you looking forward to in 2016? Let us know in the comments! And don't forget to check out our most anticipated standalones and series starters!

Mandy Wan's photo About the Author: Residing in Edmonton, AB, Mandy unabashedly loves YA lit, frozen desserts, and terrible puns.