That’s today’s question.
I need your help. Take a quick minute and comment below with two things:
1. Do you prefer books that leave you hanging? Or books that give you closure?
2. Have a book in mind?
In a series, I want closure at the end of each book with the over arching storyline pulling me on to the next book. I get most frustrated with series where book one ends and I feel like I’ve read the cliffhanger at the end of a chapter. The Divergent series left me feeling this way, especially book two. To me the series felt like one big story, chopped in to three books. Just not my preference. On the other hand, the Harry Potter series managed to create unique stand alone books that also worked together as a whole. The Last Apprentice Series does this as well. Anyone else agree with me here? Or want to defend Veronica Roth’s tactics?
There are some times that I like a little ambiguity. The book I have in mind is Lois Lowry’s, The Giver. This book lets readers have a bit of a “choose your own adventure” moment with the ending. My book club read this book and many of the ladies hated the ending.They felt it was unfinished. I didn’t not feel that way. Personally, I love it. If you remember, Jonas’s first memory given was of a sled ride. Then, at the end of the book he’s faced with an unknown town, a place that could be a chance for a new life, a chance for a new start and what’s waiting on the top of the hill for him? What’s his first memory of this new life? A sled ride. That’s a pretty perfect ending to me.