There is little more exciting in the world than diving into a new series, knowing that once you get to the end of that brilliant first book, there's still another one waiting for you with the same characters and places you've come to know and love. So, which books make the very best sequels? Here is a list of our favourite sequels, from children's, young adult and adult literature...
Published 55 years after Harper Lee's first novel To Kill a Mockingbird, this sequel was a long time coming. Strangely though, this novel was actually written before Harper's only other title and comes from a first draft of To Kill a Mockingbird. Much like the first book, Go Set a Watchman is narrated by an adult Scout reflecting on her childhood and family. This is a must-read sequel for anyone that loved Harper Lee's unforgettable classic.
This mad sequel to Lewis Caroll's classic children's story sees Alice take on further adventures in Wonderland. This time Alice climbs through a mirror to encounter such new foes and friends as the Red Queen, the Bandersnatch and Tweedledum and Tweedledee. But, of course, it wouldn’t be Wonderland without an encounter with the Mad Hatter and the March Hare too. This may be one of the strangest (and, therefore, most fun) sequels out there!
If you love the Jurassic Park films and just can't wait for the next instalment in the Jurassic World movie series then why not look back at Michael Crichton's novels. The Lost World, set 6 years after the Jurassic Park disaster, sees a team of brave scientists venture back into the abandoned park to find out if the rumours that not all the creatures died is true. This thrilling adventure continues the heart-pounding Jurassic Park story in one of the best sequels ever written.
This unexpected sequel to Louisa May Alcott's Little Women sees a grown-up Jo March married to Professor Bhaer, the headmaster at Plumfield Boarding School. The mischievous boys at Plumfield get into all kinds of silly situations and Jo is there to help them all. If you loved Little Women as a child then this lovely sequel is a must-read.
J. R.R. Tolkien had no idea how well-loved and culturally significant his Middle-earth books were to become when he started writing his high fantasy children's book, The Hobbit. But, as popularity grew, his publisher asked for a sequel and The Lord of the Rings came to be. This epic book series has been read by fantasy fans all over but if you've yet to start reading, then you won't be disappointed by any of these thrilling sequels.
We left Charlie Bucket with a chocolate factory of his own and a wacky new friend in Willy Wonka. But, the story doesn't end there, in this amazing sequel Charlie and Mr Wonka are about to head out of this world altogether. The glass elevator takes them up to the Space Hotel but a nice holiday is not in store when they come across the Vermicious Knids, aliens that have invaded the hotel and are prepared to bring destruction to all in their path. Can Charlie and Willy Wonka save the universe? Find out in this hilariously fun sequel.
Who doesn't love Harry Potter? Whether you're a fan of the books or films, you'll agree The Chamber of Secrets is an excellent sequel. After a rather action-packed first year at Hogwarts, Harry returns to his beloved wizarding school in perhaps the craziest possible way - in the Weasley's flying car! And, things only get crazier as students start mysteriously turning to stone and a rumour about a secret chamber is catching the heroes' attentions...
The second book in the published order of Narnia books (though, technically the fourth in the chronological order of events) sees Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter return once more to the magical land of Narnia only to find it in a very different state from when they left it. It's been a long time since the Pevensies were the kings and queens of Narnia and now they must work together with their new friends, the dashing Prince Caspian and the gallant Reepicheep to save Narnia from the clutches of King Miraz. Along the way they encounter old friends, including the mighty lion Aslan and learn new lessons in the most magical place there is.
The sequel to Douglas Adams' hilarious inter-galactic comedy really is just as silly and entertaining as the first book. Arthur Dent and his friends must face off the dangers of the universe once more and this time they are on a mission to cure their hunger pangs. They're going to Milliways, the best restaurant around and nothing is going to stop them - not even the evil Vogans.
Many people see Suzanne Collins' Catching Fire as the best in The Hunger Games trilogy. This sequel sees Katniss and Peeta playing the role of victors of the world's most brutal game but as a new Hunger Games is about to begin, there's a vicious twist in store. To celebrate the 75th year of the games, the past victors are the new tributes. So, as Katniss and Peeta find themselves in back in the arena, the challenge to do the impossible, to survive not one just two Hunger Games, is on.
From exciting actions stories to nice tales where you can see how the characters you knew are getting along at a later point in life, these sequels really are unmissable. So, if you love reading series then check out these books for sequels that won't leave you disappointed after a brilliant first book!