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.)

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Title: Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles #4.5)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publication Date: 2016 February 02
Series: The Lunar Chronicles

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! -Mandy C.

Title: Morning Star (Red Rising Saga #3)
Author: Pierce Brown
Publication Date: 2016 February 09
Series: Red Rising

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. -Mandy C.

Title: Blood Passage (Dark Caravan Cycle #2)
Author: Heather Demetrios
Publication Date: 2016 March 01
Series: Dark Caravan Cycle

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! -Mandy W.

Title: Siren’s Song (Storm Siren #3)
Author: Mary Weber
Publication Date: 2016 March 01
Series: Storm Siren

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. -Mandy C.

Title: The Winner’s Kiss (The Winner’s Trilogy #3)
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Publication Date: 2016 March 29
Series: The Winner’s Trilogy

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! -Mandy W.

A black and blue deer on a white background with ravens flying around

Title: The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publication Date: 2016 April 26
Series: The Raven Cycle

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. -Sarah

Cover of A Court of Mist and Fury, featuring a red-haired woman in ornate silver armor in front of a blue cityscape background

Title: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publication Date: 2016 May 03
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses

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. -Mandy C.

Title: The Last Star (The 5th Wave #3)
Author: Rick Yancey
Publication Date: 2016 May 24
Series: The 5th Wave

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. -Sarah

Title: The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles #3)
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Publication Date: 2016 August 02
Series: The Remnant Chronicles

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. -Mandy C.

Cover A Torch Against the Night: A girl and boy run through a lit tunnel in a white brick wall

Title: A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2)
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Publication Date: 2016 April 26 August 30
Series: An Ember in the Ashes

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 NightThe 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.) -Jennie

Title: Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2)
Author: Leigh Bardugo 
Publication Date: 2016 September 22
Series: Six of Crows

Why I’m Excited: 

I couldn’t have been happier to revisit the world Leigh Bardugo created in Shadow and Bone 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. -Mandy C.

Title: The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #2)
Author: Rick Riordan
Publication Date: 2016 October 04
Series: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard

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). -Mandy W.

Purple and orange watercolor drawings of Rome and outer space

Title: A Million Worlds with You (Firebird #3)
Author: Claudia Gray
Publication Date: 2016
Series: Firebird

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. -Mandy C.

Title: The Midnight Star (The Young Elites #3)
Author: Marie Lu 
Publication Date: 2016
Series: The Young Elites

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.) -Mandy W.

A girl with fire coming out of her hands on a green background

Title: Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publication Date: 2016
Series: Throne of Glass

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. -Mandy C.

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 (she/her) lives in Edmonton, AB. When she’s not raiding the library for YA books, she enjoys eating ice cream (esp. in cold weather), learning fancy pole dance tricks, and stanning BTS. Mandy has been writing for FYA since 2012, and she oversaw all things FYA Book Club from 2013 to 2023.